Jim Snyder, general manager at the plant, said the greatest benefit of the expansion is the additional control gained from moving the process in-house.
"Menasha will now carry out the sheeting and production process internally, giving us greater control over quality and timing, and allowing us to more effectively serve our customers," said Snyder. "At the end of the day, that's what we are here to do."
Currently, Menasha purchases standard-size sheeted product from a supplier, which can take six weeks to arrive at the plant. With the expansion, Menasha can buy and store raw material, and carry out the sheeting process to exact size. The process will facilitate faster order times, improve productivity and provide pressman with flatter, fresher, more square sheets. Because the new equipment sheets to size, the process will also generate less waste.
As part of the expansion, Menasha will install a new automated waste removal system. The vacuum system will run throughout the plant, and automatically remove and bale scrap board for shipment to be recycled. Although Menasha currently recycles all waste board, the new process will greatly improve efficiencies.
Building construction begins in August, and the sheeter will be installed the first week of December.
Menasha's Folding Carton Group specializes in producing high‐impact, sustainable primary packaging solutions for private and national brand clients, using a wide caliper range of paperboard, specialty substrates and aesthestic embellishments. All of the group's print assets and proofing equipment are also G7 qualified by IDEAlliance, which requires that Menasha utilizes the most modern technology, proofing and press controls, and standards required to produce a close visual match from proof to print. The plant employs 177 people at its Neenah, Wisconsin location.
Menasha Packaging Company
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, based in Neenah, Wis., is a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation. Founded in 1849, the company celebrates more than 160 years of manufacturing excellence. Its heritage is built on quality products, personalized service, dedicated employees, and innovative printing and design capabilities. Menasha Packaging is a leading provider of graphic consumer packaging, merchandising solutions, corrugated packaging, food packaging, shipping containers and material handling solutions and is home of the Retail Integration Institute. With design, sales service centers, corrugated and paperboard plants located throughout the United States, the company's mission is to help customers move and sell their products.