Menasha Packaging's York, PA, Facility to Add KBA Rapida 145 with UV, Logistics
DALLAS—March 18, 2015—As a thriving organization with additional capacity needs, Menasha Packaging’s York, PA, facility will be enhancing its productivity with a unique new high-performance eight-color, 57" KBA Rapida 145 press with full UV capabilities and logistics this spring. The new press will arrive at the firm’s sprawling 220,000-square-foot facility in late March and will begin production in May 2015.
“Our expertise is the in-store merchandising industry in which we provide point-of-purchase (POP)/point-of-sale (POS), folding carton and litho sheets,” explained Joseph Speaker, business director of Menasha Packaging’s York, PA, facility. “From strategy development, packaging and display design and manufacturing, to fulfillment, distribution and transportation, our clientele require short-run high-quality products in a fast speed-to-market delivery that exactly match their logos and provide an eye-appealing look. Our unique ability to deliver the lowest total cost, speedy delivery and innovation enables our customers to drastically reduce costs and obsolescence, greatly improve ROI, strategically deploy internal resources, and ultimately, create and manage fewer, but more impactful promotions, campaigns and retail merchandising programs. With our growth maintaining a steady upwards trajectory, we required a new high-performance press to meet our additional capacity needs.”
KBA number one selling large-format press manufacturer
After researching and examining the latest large-format press models on the market offered by the largest three press manufacturers, the firm made the solid decision to invest in the KBA Rapida 145 press. “While we’ve operated presses from all three manufacturers, we chose KBA because it is the Number One selling large-format press manufacturer and another Menasha Packaging facility in Neenah, Wis. has had a lot of success with its large-format KBA press,” remarked Speaker. “We know that KBA makes a great reliable durable press and they said it would be delivered in May during our strongest market time and beginning of our busy season. This will be our first press from KBA and our tenth press in our main 220,000-square-foot facility.”
The York, PA, facility’s new KBA Rapida 145 has been configured with extra units and all the “bells and whistles” to serve its customers, said Dave Kornbau, operations manager of Menasha Packaging’s York, PA, facility. “The new KBA Rapida 145 will be our showcase press. We’ve been talking to our customers about it and can’t wait to show it off. Its UV capabilities are a huge draw for them. This capability will provide our customers with spot and gloss coatings as well as dull plus its instant drying will give us and our customers the speed-to-market that is required. We’ve added unique decorating capabilities for designers and print buyers to take advantage of. Color control and quality are an immense necessity to our customers. This new press with its unique capabilities sets us apart from our competition and solidifies our reputation as the leader in print technology,” explained Kornbau.
Menasha Packaging’s York, PA, facility serves the point-of-purchase folding carton and litho sheet markets from an expansive three-building 440,000-square-foot facility with more than 400 employees, 10 offset presses, six digital presses and capabilities that run from 40" to 73" large-format conventional presses to 120" digital presses along with extensive diecutting, decorating, foiling, embossing, kitting and component work. “The 57" size of the new KBA press perfectly fits our power stroke,” said Kornbau. “We’re already outfitted with foil, diecutting and embossing equipment for that same size. Once the press arrives, we’ll be expanding and adding four new crews. Everyone at our facility is excited about this new installation.”
Steve Korn, KBA's director of national and key accounts, also noted, "We are thrilled about the new KBA Rapida 145 press investment made by Menasha Packaging for its York, Pennsylvania location. KBA is most appreciative of the strong partnership that we’ve forged together with Menasha Packaging. We applaud Menasha Packaging and its entire team on what they’ve accomplished and its extraordinary growth, We are confident that this new KBA press will provide the needed increased capacity, fuel future growth, and continue Menasha Packaging’s high quality printing and on-time service with its existing and future clients for many years to come."
About Menasha Packaging
Menasha Packaging, based in Neenah, WI, is a subsidiary of Menasha Corp. and has more than 3,200 employees at locations in North America. Menasha Packaging is a leading provider of graphic consumer packaging, merchandising solutions, corrugated packaging, food packaging, shipping containers, material handling solutions, pack-out and fulfillment services. With a network of design, sales service centers, corrugated and paperboard manufacturing plants, and fulfillment facilities located throughout the United States and Canada, the company's mission is to help its customers protect, move and promote their products better than anyone else.
About Menasha Corp.
Menasha Corp. is a leading corrugated and plastic packaging manufacturer and supply chain solutions provider specializing in retail merchandising packaging and displays, plastic reusable containers and pallets, protective packaging interiors, and packaging supply chain and fulfillment services. Menasha Corp.’s products and services are used by major food, beverage, consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive companies. Established in 1849, Menasha Corp. is one of America’s oldest privately held, family-owned manufacturing companies. Headquartered in Neenah, WI, the company employs approximately 5,000 employees in more than 75 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.
KBA North America is located in Dallas and is a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print,' reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, commercial and newspaper web presses, inkjet systems and presses, flexographic presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating.