Western States Moves into New Label Facility
Headquartered in Butler, Wis., Western States Envelope & Label moved its label operations from a leased facility in Madison, Wis. to a new state-of-the-art label plant in Sun Prairie, Wis. The now fully operational 36,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space offers many efficiencies, as well as energy-saving features. The company's need for a new label facility was funded by several years of double-digit sales growth.
Eric Schmidt, plant manager, estimated a 20 percent energy savings compared to the smaller, leased space that served as the company's plant for 10 years. “It makes a big difference to be able to build a plant with optimal workflow planning in manufacturing, prepress and customer service,” he noted. “We were able to put our processes together in ways to serve customers better. That was the goal.”
Western States expects its label growth to continue. The next time expansion is needed, however, the company won't be moving. It has the capability to triple its square footage right on the parcel it now occupies. Even the specially constructed outer walls can be reused to provide expanded floor space.
“We see labels as a strong growth area for us. Many of our current envelope customers are just now coming to see us as a high-quality prime label source. We have great people in our label division [who] brought us where we are today. Our future looks bright,” enthused Mark Lemberger, president.
For more information, visit www.westernstatesenvelope.com.