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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
Located in Modesto, CA, G3 Enterprises has more than three decades of printing experience. With a legacy is in the wine and spirits market, the firm now serves the juice, micro- brew and fancy food markets. Chief among its commitments, G3 is a firm believer in sustainable business practices. Some 650 solar panels dot the G3 corporate campus and it cur- rently recycles approximately 80 percent of its waste. FLEXO: Can you begin by assessing the state-of-the-industry, as it exists today? What are the top priorities and challenges? Is growth, both in volume and dollar sales likely this year and into the future? Why? JAMES STONE: Flexography continues to advance as a qual- ity, alternative print process. The challenge with this industry is finding qualified operators specific to our market in wine label printing. As the firm grows, it can be a burden to have to train within our organization—taking time and resources away from other areas. FLEXO: What technical advancements have simplified the flexographic process in recent years? How have they served to reduce waste, enhance efficiency, improve time to market and alleviate other challenges? STONE: Press manufactures continue to build presses that make it possible for quicker changeovers and shorter web paths that reduce material waste. Specifically, G3 relies on an in-house LEAN team to support our efforts in continuous improvement. FLEXO: How is your firm embracing the industry ’s push to- ward standardization? Are you optimizing the production pro- cess and moving out to print to the numbers/specifications? STONE: Running to the numbers is part of our standard operating procedure. Density and gain play a crucial role in ensuring the commitment to consistency. FLEXO: What color management and control applications/ procedures do you employ in an effort to maintain design and brand color integrity? STONE: G3 currently employs industry standard measure- ment devices and FIRST to maintain color management. FLEXO: Do LEAN manufacturing principles have a place in your plant? Why/why not? G3 ENTERPRISES, MOdESTO, CA • Product line includes custom and stock closures, custom label printing, and more • Locations in Modesto and St Helena, CA; and Woodridge, IL • Support a number of charity organizations including Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, the United Way, and the Center for Human Services • 88 percent of packaged products are shipped via rail and water decreasing gas consumption and carbon footprint 48 FLEXO february 2013 www.flexography.org G3 enterprises, Modesto, Ca FTA MEMBERSHIP PORTRAIT: