Kendall Packaging, Mequon, Wis., announced plans for a $9 million expansion to its Pittsburg, Kan., manufacturing facility. The expansion will more than double its current plant size and add jobs within the near future.

"This is our second major expansion in three years," says Eric Erickson III, president and CEO. "Between the Pittsburg plant and our facility in Jefferson, Wis., we have invested approximately $17 million in improvements. As a corporation, we have experienced an exceptional growth rate and want to continue that trend."

Kendall Packaging will be adding 59,000 square feet and $6 million worth of equipment to its current building.

"We really need this expansion," adds Jack Trostle, Pittsburg plant manager. "Right now, we are maxed out as far as what we can do. Our employees are working at full capacity to provide superior customer service and a world-class product. Expanding is the only logical conclusion, as we look at the potential of the current manufacturing platform."

By adding new equipment and expanding the physical footprint of the plant, Kendall Packaging can add state-of-the-art processes that are the final piece in the next generation of flexible packaging.

Kendall Packaging provides custom packaging solutions for a broad cross section of private label companies specializing in baked goods, cheese, confectionery, dry foods, frozen foods, meats, pasta and snack foods.

Triad Environmental Services, Hudsonville, Mich., will develop a new stormwater prevention plan, while Tri-State Construction, Millville, N.J., will construct the site expansion.

"Tri-State Construction built the structure we are currently in, and has done some other projects for us along the way. We have a good working relationship with them, and feel they are well respected in the community. It's a pleasure to work with them on this expansion," says Trostle.