UNION GAP, WASH. - Printing Press Inc., a retail packaging producer in Union Gap, is spending $2 million to build a 50,000-square-foot plant and add two machines to its thermoforming division, President Bruce Romfo said. The thermoforming division will move into the new building, located less than a mile from company headquarters, when it is completed this spring. The company's printing division will remain at the headquarters.
Printing Press makes custom packaging for West Coast manufacturers of retail products such as hardware, toys and food, Romfo said. The company does printing on paperboard and thermoforms blister packaging from rollstock, using PVC, polystyrene, glycol-modified PET and polyethylene.
Printing Press had thermoforming sales of about $4 million in 1994, Romfo said. The private firm has 63 employees - 27 in thermoforming, running eight machines. Romfo said the company has expanded four times in the past five years.
``Increased demand and our customers' desire for quick turnaround have required that we expand,'' he said. ``We want to continue to serve our existing customers while tapping into new markets.''