Menasha Packaging Expands Folding Carton Group Facility
January 31, 2014
More efficient, faster production is up and running at Menasha Packaging’s newly expanded Folding Carton Group facility in Neenah, Wis. The expansion added 26,500 square feet to the initial 109,000-square-foot facility, plus 59,000 square feet in warehouse space that includes a new shipping area and receiving area.
The additional space helped management maximize the plant’s layout and flow and further enhance Lean efficiencies. Furthermore, the expansion allowed for the consolidation of equipment from Menasha Packaging’s Morrisville, NC folding carton facility.
Folding Carton Group employees rearranged most of the plant’s existing machines including a sheeter, trimmer, three die-cutters and three folder gluers to make room for equipment relocated from Morrisville, which includes a printing press, die-cutter, folder gluer and other auxiliary equipment. They also enhanced plant equipment in order to increase productivity.
“During the expansion and improvement process, the Folding Carton Group team rebuilt and modified a printing press, which enhanced its efficiency and run speed by 20 percent,” said Jim Synder, Menasha Packaging Folding Carton Group General Manager. “Additional equipment in the plant was also improved during this time, which will allow us to continue exceeding the expectations for our folding carton customers.”
In addition to Folding Carton Group’s improved operational efficiencies, the facility is in the process of adding employees, allowing it to operate a few more pieces of equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week and add additional output.
Menasha Packaging’s Folding Carton Group serves various markets, including food, household and personal care.