Kendall Packaging has completed a $10 million expansion to its Pittsburg, Kansas, facility, adding about 59,000 square feet of space and new machinery, including solvent-free laminators, slitters and a 10-color W&H MIRAFLEX II AM press.
With the expansion complete, Kendall now has two plants with identical platforms – one in Kansas and the second in Jefferson, Wisconsin, giving the company the unique benefit of being its own backup.
“It’s important that Kendall Packaging continues to evolve and remain on the vanguard of the flexible packaging industry for the benefit of our customers and brand owners,” says Kendall president Eric G. Erickson III. “Our most recent investment in the MIRAFLEX press technology insures that we will continue to have a positive impact on brand value through consistency, repeatability and overall package integrity. By partnering with W&H, we are able to further address our broader corporate sustainability goals, including general waste reduction, lower energy consumption and better overall environmental stewardship.”
The MIRAFLEX II AM is Kendall’s fourth W&H press and the first such model sold in North America. It is equipped with W&H’s fully-integrated VISION web inspection system with Defect Check and Color Check. An additional feature on the new press is the TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E inking and wash-up system with electric pulsation-free pumps, which significantly reduce both ink and energy consumption.
Last week, Kendall introduced its new company logo and website with a fresh, modern appearance that also reflects the traditions built during the company’s 70-year history.