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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
www.flexography.org april 2010 FLEXO 39 is situated on a five-acre plot. Admiral says it specializes in flexographic printing, from simple line art to process printing in up to 10 colors. Packaging formats include adhesive, lami- nated, and printed rollstock, stand-up resealable pouches, three-side sealed pouches and three-ply laminations on a wide range of substrates. Customers range from large nation- al companies requiring millions of finished bags to regional companies that need just a few thousand. Markets served are numerous, with food-related orders generating a significant share of production volumes. On the continually growing roster of repeat clients are major manufacturers of: snack foods, frozen foods, seafood, coffee, confections, condiments and pet foods. Also represented: toys, writing instruments, perfumes, moisturizers, household chemicals, fertilizers, lawn products and ice-gel packs. “ We have the staff, technology and the systems required to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” explained Harley A. Frank, president. He is the fourth generation of the family to preside over the business, founded by his great- grandfather Moses, passing on to his grandfather Haskell, and then father H. Alan “Bud” and uncle Melvin. “ We have a commitment to quality and service,” Harley further observed. “ This philosophy has contributed to our success and has enabled us to become one of the largest independent producers of flexible packaging. We are com- mitted to the highest quality standards of the industry and are constantly upgrading to develop and incorporate the latest in technology to meet the needs of our customers in the ever- changing world of flexographic printing. I am proud of our facility and the people who have made Admiral Packaging what it is today—an innovative solutions provider.” Mission & Vision Those words echo throughout the firm’s multi-fold printed mission statement linking its product and quality to its custom- ers, suppliers and employees. Its four-prong promise reads: 1. Offer innovative and quality packaging with timely deliv- eries at fair prices. 2. Treat our suppliers and customers as partners, being responsive to their needs and seeking to exceed their expectations. 3. Recognize that our employees are a vital part of our success and invest in our people to maintain a staff of loyal, enthusiastic employees who would not want to work for any other company. Provide them with oppor- tunities for job challenges, training, advancement and self development; while maintaining a work environment that demands safety. 4. Invest in new equipment to maintain a technologically advanced workplace to provide 100 percent customer satisfaction. History Bud Frank, now Admiral Packaging’s chairman, recalls historical milestones. “It all started back in 1898 when my grandfather, Moses Frank, established a paper/stationery business. It was called Union Paper and Stationery Co. In fact, here at Admiral Packaging, we still have a small retail business known as Union Paper. A lot of converters started in the paper business. Moses’ venture thrived and grew well into the 1900s. “I came aboard in 1952. Shortly thereafter, in 1954, we bought a bag machine and used it as our entry into the converting marketplace. It grew into a division, special- izing in flexible packaging production and was known as Union Industries. Eventually that division’s name became the corporate name. A used press followed the bag machine. We bought it, a Kidder 4/4, in the late 1950s, then added print- ing capabilities, a response to customer demand and one customer’s—a northeast supermarket chain’s—challenge, in 1960. Since that time, to date, we’ve probably purchased, installed and operated 15 different presses.” As the 1960s dawned, Union Industries’ customer base and order volume was expanding. So, in 1962, Bud and his brother Melvin relocated to new facilities with the purchase of a his- toric spinning mill—the first in America. Providence remained the base. The exterior facade, now on the National Register of Historical Places, has been maintained and restored. In- terior space has been renovated and remodeled, all with the original character in mind. Some warehouse space has been converted to office space—approximately 100,000sq.ft.—and it generates rental income. Cost savings attributed to renovation work also comes from installation of high efficiency windows, lighting and heat. Source reduction initiatives, namely installation of closed-loop reclamation systems applied to water and inks have virtually eliminated ink waste and trimmed water consumption by 1,000,000+ gallons annually. Gas consumption has similarly been curtailed by nearly 60 percent. Bud credits the 1980s with being a decade of significant developments. “I remember installing our first laminator, along with three Windmoeller & Hoelscher presses, back in 1982. The promise then, as it is today, ‘excellence in flexible packaging from packaging specialists in business since 1898.’ Union Industries became Admiral Packaging in 2005, All lamination is done on premises at Admiral Packaging. Package converting is done on premises at Admiral Packaging. Plants & Processes FLXApril10_mech.indd 39 4/10/10 1:23 AM
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