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Film converter Kendall Packaging expanding in Wisconsin

By: Frank Antosiewicz

April 24, 2013

MEQUON, WIS. — Kendall Packaging Corp. is breaking ground on a 56,000 square foot expansion of its Jefferson, Wis., facility on April 26 to increase its production capacity and double its storage capacity.

“This expansion reflects the steady growth and expanding capabilities we’ve seen over the years,” said Nate Friedl, director of manufacturing, in a news release.

Kendall, headquartered in Mequon, Wis., said that it expects the expansion to be completed by late summer. The Jefferson plant is currently 60,000 square feet, so the addition will nearly double its size.

The company said in an email that it currently has 140 employees and that once work in Jefferson in completed, it expects to add 30-40 more.

The expansion is part of plan started in 2011 to upgrade the Jefferson facility. Kendall will add additional laminating and slitting capacity once the new space opens. It did not elaborate on further details.

The company in recent years has upgraded both of its facilities. Last year it installed a 10-color Windmoeller & Hoelscher Miraflex printing press in Jefferson. It has also added a 10-color W&H Primaflex printing press to its Pittsburg, Kan., facility in recent years.

Kendall said that the expansion follows a successful launch of Kendall’s natural cheese and pet food product lines.  It provides custom structures with high-impact printing to many markets, including food, pet food and personal care industries.

According to its website, Kendall Packaging was started in 1948 as producer of paper products.