More than double in size of its former headquarters in Addison, IL, the new building devotes nearly half its floor space to color matching, ink formulation and production purposes. The relocation provides Toyo Ink with the resources necessary to respond to its increasing customer base and immediate need to bring customized packaging and printing solutions to the global marketplace. By the end of August, Toyo Ink America expects to begin production of water and solvent-based liquid inks, offset and ultraviolet inks and coatings at the Wood Dale location.
"Simply put, we outgrew our previous site," said John Copeland, president and COO of Toyo Ink America, LLC. "As our customer base continues to expand in North and South America, a more spacious and versatile work space was needed in order to better support our customers as well as facilitate our future growth."
In line with its regional growth strategy Toyo Ink America is devoting greater resources to ramping up its R&D and manufacturing capability for the development of packaging and printing inks, UV coatings and adhesives and other specialty polymers. With the Toyo Ink Group’s establishment of a sales branch in Sao Paulo, Brazil and its acquisition of Fluid Ink Technology’s flexographic, gravure and ultraviolet product assets, both of which occurred in 2010, the increased demand for these solutions has prompted the company to boost its production and development capability here in North America.
"Our goal is to be the leader in product innovation and quality," said Mr. Copeland. "Investing in a larger production space, R&D lab and sales/technical personnel is vital to our commitment to provide our existing and growing customer base with unparalleled solutions and support."
In addition to the 50,000-square-foot production area, the new building houses 40,000 square feet of warehouse space and another 19,000 square feet for administrative purposes. It features a state-of-the-art security and fire detection system that meets strict fire protection standards regulating the production and storage of solvent-based materials. In addition, a refrigerated storage section in the warehouse area allows the company to store heat-sensitive products without fear of thermal degradation. The new building’s proximity to major highways and airports is also expected to facilitate greater efficiency in shipping and storage.
The relocation to Wood Dale was completed at the end of July. All employees previously based out of Addison have relocated to the Wood Dale headquarters.