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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
Plants & Processes Community of Excellence northeast Printers Invest in Knowledge, technology christian r. Bonawandt Sharing a passion for excellence and a dedication to cus- tomer service, a community of flexographic printers based in New York and New Jersey are redefining “resourceful.” They are pooling their knowledge, and comparing notes across several aspects of the business—right down to the purchase of a new press. FLEXO took some time to sit with executives at four such companies—Abe Mandel, Aladdin Packaging, Hauppauge, NY; Jim Streicher, Bison Bag, Lockport NY; Gary Kaufman, Consolidated Packaging, Ridgefield Park, NJ; and Mark Pos- ner, Filmtech Poly, Brooklyn, NY—to talk about the unique local culture, as well as their goals for investing in new technologies. When and hoW did your comPany get started? Mandel: Aladdin Packging was founded some 30 years ago. I took over the company in January of 2005. I bought it from an entity called Bleyer Industries. The company used to supply packaging to other divisions of Bleyer. I have been in the industry for 18 years. My first job was working for Ace Cel- lophane. After that I spent time at NAPP Industries. When this opportunity came up, I bought this company. Streicher: Bison Bag was founded in 1968 by my father, Jim Streicher, and his partner Dave Kruse. My dad actually built the first bag machine in his basement. I got involved while I was in college. One thing led to another, and, 20 years later, here I am. We started printing in the 1970s in response to demand for printed bread bags. Since then, Dave Kruse retired and another partner got involved, Bruce Zgoda. His son Scott and I have been running the business for the last 10 years. Kaufman: In 1967, William Kaufman founded Manhattan Polybag Co. , which serviced underwear and hosiery markets. • Competitors are also friends. • Skilled labor pool. • High value advanced technology. 54 FLeXo august 2010 www.flexography.org August2010_mech.indd 54 8/13/10 1:23 PM
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