Kendall Packaging’s Pittsburg Facility Expansion, Kansas, United States of America
Kendall Packaging is building a $10m expansion of its manufacturing facility in Pittsburg, Kansas, US.
Plant expansion will double its size, while adding up to 18 new jobs. The expansion project is essential as the existing plant runs at full capacity, so would be be unable to meet future growth in demand.
The expansion forms phase one of a phased growth plan that is aimed at achieving faster production and increased output rates. It will strengthen Kendall's manufacturing capabilities, while supporting its long-term strategic plans.
Ground-breaking ceremony for the project took place in September 2016 and the construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. A grand opening ceremony of the new expanded facility is planned for March 2018.
Kendall Packaging's Pittsburg facility expansion details
An further 59,000ft² will be added by the expansion to the existing 100,000ft² facility in Pittsburg's Northeast Regional Industrial Park.
The expanded facility will include 85,000ft² of manufacturing space fitted with $6m-worth state-of-the-art equipment, including a ten-colour flexographic printing press, a solvent-less laminator, slitter, and additional equipment.
Some equipment has already been put into operation, wtih the remaining units scheduled to be installed in late-2017.
Facilities at expanded packaging plant in Kansas
The expansion will add 8,000ft² of office space to the facility, including 11 new offices, two conference rooms, a lab, a copy room, and a storage and file room.
The expanded facility will also include a wellness centre, which will feature workout facilities for employees and their families. It will be accessible through an external entrance and include locker rooms, baths and advanced workout equipment worth more than $38,000.
A new cafeteria offering a wide variety of food to the employees will also be part of the facility.
Financing of Kendall Packaging expansion
Kendall Packaging has received financial incentives from the State of Kansas and the City of Pittsburg for the project. The company has signed agreements with the city of Pittsburg to borrow funds from a community development block grant.
Furthermore, the project received an industrial revenue bond issue sponsored by the city of Pittsburg and financed by BMO Harris Bank. It will provide low-cost financing and temporary tax abatement for the project.
Contractors involved with Kendal Packaging's plant extension
Triad Environmental Services was contracted to carry out environmental studies before the start of construction.
Tri-State Building constructed the existing plant and is the general contractor for the expansion.
Marketing commentary on Kendall Packaging
Headquartered in Mequon, Wisconsin, Kendall operates two production facilities at Jefferson, Wisconsin, and Pittsburg, Kansas. It is a provider of innovative flexible packaging solutions such as roll stock films, pre-formed pouches, laminated metalised films and potion control packaging.
The company's packaging is used by companies that market baked goods, confectionary, frozen products, meat products, snacks, pet food, and personal care products. The products are marketed both locally and nationally in grocery stores and retail outlets.
Kendall recently completed the expansion of its second plant located in Jefferson, Wisconsin. The two projects represent a total investment of $17m and will support and sustain the company's growth rate.