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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
Plants & Processes From conceptualization to completion, very little escapes notice at FLEXSTAR Packaging Inc., Richmond, BC, Canada. Here, attention to detail is the order of the day. With $22 million in annual sales and what seems to be an ever-evolving pressroom floor; process, product and progress stand in unison. Capital equipment expenditures are linked to continuous improvement. Delivery of significant value, through service and quality, speak to the staff ’s commitment to customers; as well as its promise of world-class converting. This plant is driven by technology. It’s been that way since the start of 2005 when FLEXSTAR, which was formerly Sonoco Products Co., transitioned to private ownership. Today ’s 61,000 sq. ft. facility actually dates back to the 1970s and operated under these names: Seaforth Plastics, Crown Zellerbach, Flexpak, Crown Forest, Fletcher Challenge, Gravure International (a flexo op- eration), Graphic Packaging Corp. and Sonoco. FLEXSTAR is owned by a team of investors (many from Parian Capital) and led by firm president, Marc Bray, who for two years, served as So- noco’s on-site general manager. Bray recalled. “ Once we ac- quired the assets of the busi- ness, we kept it running. That’s a testament to the staff, plus the service and qual- Profile in Plant Productivity • ID: Flexible Packaging’s Service / Quality Leader on West Coast. • Process Control is the First Step in Quality Assur- ance. • GMPs Emphasize “Doing it Right the First Time. “ • Best Practices Ensure Repeatability • Capital Equipment Upgrades are Continuous. In-Plant Technologies Drive Process Improvements FleXstar Packaging: an ever-evolving Plant & a Passion for customer service By robert Moran 18 FLEXO FeBruary 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 18 2/16/11 8:50 AM
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