Co-packer brings it back home... from China
A-1 Creative Packaging, Palmyra, WI, broke ground in December on a 12,000 sq. ft. building expansion to its Plant 4 location (pictured). When complete in spring, the structure will accommodate equipment and merchandise formerly operated in a Chinese plant.
A-1 operates six facilities with more than 150,000 sq. ft. under roof in the Palmyra Industrial Park, packaging and shipping products for major brands.
"What's driving this expansion is that we're moving some of the customers' operations back from overseas," Scott Omdoll, vice president, told Contract Packaging. He added that for the consumer products in question, "after costing-out the overall break down of the piece prices in China vs. domestic manufacturing and packaging, it turned-out that we could deliver the highest quality at a competitive price."
Want to know more about what went into the decision and calculations? We'd love to tell you, and we will...in the March/April print edition of Contract Packaging magazine.
Fourth expansion in 15 years for Sterling CPI
Sterling Contract Packaging, Inc., Spartanburg, SC, has announced its fourth expansion in 15 years. The company provides turnkey packaging solutions for blister packs, skin packs, clamshells, shrink wrap and folding cartons as well as sourcing and fulfillment services.
Sterling CPI's latest expansion, a 12,000 sq. ft. addition begun in February, will bring total company space to 107,200 sq. ft. in two locations, up from 30,000 sq. ft. in 1996.
Mike Hastings, company president and CEO, has been at the helm through Sterling CPI's growth, and continues to drive the growth of one of the largest contract packaging facilities in the Southeastern United States.
And that's not all; read more about the company's expansion here.
But wait — there's more! Contract Packaging magazine will profile CEO Hastings in the magazine's first installment of a new feature, "Personal Best." So stay tuned for the upcoming March/April print edition.
Have you been compromised?
Every business has employee turnover, and may at some point question whether the former employee took confidential information with them upon their departure... information that could be damaging if the employee is hired by a competitor.
"Keep in mind that it is not always clear whether confidential information has been misappropriated," writes Megan Mathias, attorney with Chicago-based Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered. Employers on both sides of a co-packing partnership should be aware of steps that can and should be taken to prevent or mitigate theft of proprietary information. Here are but a few small bits of advice she offers:
• When theft is suspected: The employer may seek an injunction from the court, but the employer still must prove a case down the road, and demonstrate that confidential information was misappropriated.
• 'Don't touch that computer!' Typically an employer suspecting trade secret theft will ask their IT department to access the former employee's computer. "DO NOT DO THIS," Mathias says, because that can corrupt the trail an e-discovery professional will need to follow.
• Document the landscape: Inventory all of the electronic media devices to which the former employee had access, conduct employee exit interviews, which may serve as evidence if a theft is suspected and inconsistencies emerge.
• Time is of the essence: "You cannot un-ring the bell," says Mathias, and "once your confidential information is in the hands of a competitor, the damage can be significant and sometimes irreparable."
"Of course, litigation is not the only answer," says Mathias; the same steps should be taken "to preserve information even if litigation is not the avenue through which the goal is reached." And also, of course, there's more... which is why we're inviting you to read the full article here.
CPA Webinar on Feb. 29: Stretch Wrapping
The upcoming Contract Packaging Association webinar, titled "All About the Loads - How to Get the Most Out of Your Stretch Wrapping," is scheduled for February 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST. It will be led by Caroline Castelli of Lantech, provider of secondary packaging solutions.
Topics to be covered are: how to recognize common stretch wrapping problems; how to fix them; and how to make sure they go away for good.
The webinars make use of the GoToWebinar platform, which may require the download of a simple script to run the software. It's safe, but CPA advises that you may need to check with your IT administrator to ensure technical permissions.
Cost is free to CPA members and $99 to non-members. For more information and to register, click to CPA's info page here.
2011 CPA State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report
In case you missed our last newsletter , the 2011 CPA State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report is now available, and indicates strong revenue growth for 2011, and projects continued growth for 2012. This CPA link gives more information. Cost of the report for CPA members who did not participate in the report is $1,500, for Associate Members is $1,000 and for non-members is $2,500.
In other association news, CPA and Contract Packaging magazine look forward to seeing you at the 2012 CPA Annual Meeting, February 23 to 26 at the Gran Melia Hotel and Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.