Colbert has committed to purchasing the property at 9949 58th Place, a brand-new 173,000-sq-ft building with 18 loading docks sitting on 16 acres of land. It is part of an industrial business park located just over the Wisconsin border and less than a mile from Interstate 94. The building interior is currently being customized to Colbert’s manufacturing floor and office space specifications.
Since 1998, Colbert has been running its flexographic division out of a 45,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Lake Forest, IL, just a few blocks from the company’s headquarters. To support growth in the flexographic division, a separate 25,000-sq-ft warehouse was established in the nearby town of Libertyville, IL, in 2011. The Kenosha facility not only replaces both of these existing properties, but at 173,000 sq ft, it is more than double the size of the facilities’ combined square footage. This new facility will also have the distinction of being the largest of Colbert’s three manufacturing plants.
“We started the flexo division 18 years ago and have since been through two expansions. We’re excited to be making this significant investment for expansion that will be the footprint for our projected growth into 2020 and beyond,” says Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging.
Hamilton said southeastern Wisconsin was a natural choice for its proximity to headquarters, major transportation hubs and local amenities as well as the state’s favorable business climate. He also noted that a high percentage of Colbert’s employees live along the Illinois-Wisconsin border and I-94 corridor, and some already call Kenosha County home. “Wisconsin, widely known as home of the Green Bay Packers, cheese curds and craft beers, is also a great state for the printing and paper-making industries, and the technical expertise of its residents in these fields,” he adds.
When complete, the facility will house a variety of current assets used in the production of flexographically-printed cartons, pressure-sensitive roll labels and package inserts, with ample room for future product line and technology expansions. The relocation is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
About Colbert Packaging Corp.
Since its founding in 1959, Colbert Packaging has built a solid reputation as a manufacturer of the highest quality folding cartons, rigid setup boxes, labels and inserts, and paperboard specialty products. The company’s custom folding carton, flexographic packaging, pressure-sensitive roll label and package insert operations are based in Lake Forest, Ill. A separate folding carton, rigid setup box and paper tray forming facility is located in Elkhart, Ind., which is also home to Colbert’s stock box program. Learn more about Colbert Packaging at www.colbertpkg.com