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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
44 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org is, capable of speeds of up to 2,000fpm. It features a unique two component, 100-percent solids, polyurethane adhesive, which exhibits excellent bond strength, heat resistance, and chemical resistance for a wide variety of film and foil laminations.” Sales and marketing messages also stress, “Preparation and scheduling are critical to the production and timely de- livery of a high quality product. At Admiral, support services include package design, film specification, supplying of raw materials, color matching, custom blending, platemaking and mounting.” As Harley said, “We exist to assist. ” Family Friendly/Community minded Emphasis is on the family, community and a healthy lifestyle at Admiral Packaging. Harley estimates average tenure among employees at nearly 20 years. Bud has seen the same faces on a daily basis for 30 or 35 years. He has worked there for 58 years. An on-premises gym promotes fitness and fresh fruits are available throughout the operation on a regular basis. A company-sanctioned morale committee is highly active. It plans two annual employee/family social events, celebrates team members’ birthdays on a monthly basis, conducts blood drives and other charitable initiatives and even sponsors schools and provides clothing and classroom supplies. It exists to keep freshening the offerings to further enhance Admiral’s family and community spirit. Long-term commitments like that are no stranger to the Ad- miral Packaging family. Harley, Bud and Wilbur are extremely proud of their customer retention record. “ We don’t lose many customers,” Bud said. “In fact 25-30 of today ’s clients were here in 1985 when Harley started.” Harley delivered the com- mon refrain, “Our goal is to deliver the very best custom- er service out there and give our clients no reason to go anywhere else. We’ve staked our reputation on service and quality and we sell on that assurance. Our broker part- ners bring in a good part of the business. They get us orders. We, in turn, make their job as easy as possible.” From printing to, laminating, slitting and converting; the company offers a full range of products and services for the flexible packaging industry. No member of the team hesitates to go on record and stand by this statement: “Application of the most advanced technology available throughout all phas- es of its operation, continues to place Admiral in a leadership position of high quality and reliable service. Today, more than ever, Admiral Packaging exemplifies its byline: ‘excellence in flexible packaging. ’” n time line 1898—Moses Frank establishes Union Paper & Stationery Co. , Providence, RI 1954—H. Alan “Bud” Frank, 3rd generation of family management, invests in converting equip- ment—a bag machine. Union Industries is formed as a division of Union Paper & Stationery Co. Union Industries eventually succeeds Union Paper as the corporate identity. 1960—Printing capabilities are added with pur- chase and installation of press. 1962—Union Industries acquires historic American Spinning Mill building. It continues to serve as corporate HQ. 1982—First laminator is added. Three flexographic printing presses are purchased and installed. 1997—Bud Frank steps into chairman’s role. Presi- dency is turned over to his son, Harley A. Frank. 2005—Union Industries Inc. becomes Admiral Pack- aging. The name change reflects its commitment to the flexible packaging market. Union Paper Co. remains a retail division. 2005—Purchase and installation of solventless laminator 2007—Purchase and installation of 10-color flexo- graphic press. 2008—Lean Manufacturing is adopted as a man- agement strategy. 2009—Purchase and installation of eight-color flexographic press. 2009—Purchase and installation of digital plate making equipment 2010—Purchase and installation of two state-of-the- art slitters. John Wilbur, vice president, admiral packaging. Harley a. Frank, president, admiral packaging. Plants & Processes Revealing the Future of Print to Package and Specialty Printers A Customized Trade Show for the Americas • Worldwide introductions of the hottest new technologies • Live equipment demonstrations of the latest applications and workflow solutions • Learn something new—over 40 seminars in 20 education categories • Network with industry experts and peers Explore Equipment & Products of Interest to YOU 1899 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191 USA | T 703.264.7200 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.graphexpo.com • Flexible Packaging • Labels: Tape, Tags, Film & Foil • Converting • Folding Cartons • Digital Printing • Flexographic Printing • Components/Computerization Special Show Floor Features Back by Attendee Demand! A Returning Show Floor Destination! PLUS—The latest breaking news on Printed Electronics and RFID FLXApril10_mech.indd 44 4/10/10 1:23 AM
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