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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
Plants & Processes Paving the Way: Portco’s FIrst certification in action By steve Deering Not to be confused with the city in British Columbia of the same name, Vancouver, WA, has been the home of such famous Americans as Ulysses S. Grant and Willie Nelson. Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, the city is vibrant and growing. On clear days, majestic views of the Coast Range, Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams are all visible from the city. Also found in the neighborhood is west coast flexible packag- ing mainstay, Portco Packaging. Portco began some 83 years ago in 1929. Started by How- ard Wall with the mantra, “We do what we say,” the firm has conducted business that way ever since. From its beginning— producing everything from hula-hoops to swimming pool covers to printed plastic pipe and polyethylene film—Portco has strived to provide customers with high quality products on time. Now run by Howard’s son Macy Wall, Portco has been family-owned and operated since 1934. As a Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) member since 1990, the company has returned to its roots in flexible packag- ing. With two manufacturing plants located in Vancouver and Toppenish, WA, Portco offers a range of capabilities, including multi-wall bags, high barrier laminations, tray and lidding, as well as paper and other film-based applications. The firm also boasts the ability to produce the largest multi-walled bags in FEELINGS ON FIRST • “FIRST has provided employees with valuable knowledge to help with troubleshooting and maintain consistency in quality finished product,” describes Kris Crabb, FIRST Implementation Specialist - Level II • “FIRST Certification training has helped me to understand process ink and how to measure and control it in accordance to FIRST along with many other aspects of the print press,” maintains Danny Alldrin, FIRST Press Operator Certified • “FIRST helped me understand the technical aspects of flexo printing. I was unaware of how beneficial this knowledge could be until now,” commented Noelle Jones, laminations, FIRST Implementation Specialist - Level II • “FIRST is designed to get you to the point where you can run the same job today, tomorrow, next week, next year and deliver to your customer the same superior product each and every time,” said Jim Steel, production supervisor, FIRST Implementation Specialist Certified 34 FLEXO june 2012 www.flexography.org Marvin Frio on the film and paper slitter. slitting a two structure film cat litter job.