Supply Chain and Process Control
Raw Materials and Resources
Our strategic purchases of raw materials such as steel, enables us to provide high quality products to our customers without interruption. Our financial stability and reputation make us an attractive customer to steel mills, ink and coating manufactures and other suppliers. We source globally and forecasting our needs. This protects our customers from market volatility and supply disruption. We have strategically located printing facilities; one on the East Coast and the second in the Midwest. We have more capacity and capability to produce and deliver lithographed tinplate than any company in America.
From Concept to Completion!
Over the past 87 years, we have removed obstacles to excellence by bringing all processes in house. In the 1990s, we took the bold step of becoming our own printer and build the first greenfield lithography plant in the US. Since then, we have added 4 and 6 color state-of-the-art printing lines, energy-efficient, high-speed coating equipment, and the latest pre-press and plate making technology. We have more capacity, capability and experience than any decorative packaging manufacturer in the country. Our newest plant in Vandalia, Ohio will expand our capacity for metal lithography and will house our second 6-color MetalStar 2 printing line.
Through automation we have been able to increase efficiency, shorten lead-times and contain costs. In addition to better performance, we are freeing up our skilled labor to apply their talents to other areas of the operation. Automation minimizes workplace injuries. A safe and fulfilled workforce produces superior results. One of the most important benefits is consistently repeatable quality and availability of product in a competitive marketplace.
For close to 90 years as a domestic manufacturer of specialty metal packaging, meeting or exceeding customer expectations has been the motivator for our continuous investment, diversification and growth. Continuously improving the manufacturing process is a critical part of being able to support our customers. This is being accomplished through the latest high-speed, energy-efficient technology in printing and manufacturing.
Throughout all of our processes we measure, test, calibrate and sync our equipment. Our people are trained and experienced. The latest technology serves as an extra measure of quality assurance. We have installed in-line inspection cameras and other testing technology on our coating, printing and can manufacturing equipment. Our latest investment includes a full-sheet vision inspection system on our 6-color printing line. It is the first of its kind in the US. It all begins with great printing!
We meet the high standards for food contact packaging according to the American Institute of Baking (AIB) and the many national companies that have conducted audits in our facilities. We are working toward our SQF II certification – the use of global food safety and quality standards regarding food contact packaging, such as SQF, have become a driver of raising the standards for food safety, based on preventive control approach for the food industry. Our Vandalia, Ohio facility was certified in April of 2018 and our Belcamp, Maryland facility will follow in the second quarter of 2018. All facilities will be certified by the 1st quarter of 2019.
Throughout all of our processes, we employ best manufacturing practices. We log results and document improvements. Our facilities are clean and orderly. Our employees are attuned to the unique safety and handling requirements for each specialty tin project. These sound practices benefit customers from every market.
For food-contact packaging, our inks and coatings are FDA approved. Tin-plated steel itself is food-safe.