Sun Chemical is expanding its manufacturing facility and laboratories in St. Charles, IL. At this plant, which has been home to Sun Chemical’s Coates Screen division since 1995, the company also plans to combine the operations of its Chicago-area Clearing plant as well as Kohl & Madden’s facility in Elk Grove Village, IL.
The $7.2 million project will add nearly 32,000 square feet, bringing the plant to 90,000 square feet. The building will include ink manufacturing operations, expanded offices, a warehouse and a new laboratory. When it is completed in April 2004, the facility will house 141 employees, making it Sun Chemical’s second-largest manufacturing facility.
“The Chicago area is at the heart of America’s printing industry,” said Michael S. Murphy, president, Sun Chemical North American Inks. “The integration of these operations in St. Charles will result in improved capacity utilization and enhanced productivity. Ultimately, this move will make Sun Chemical a more valuable partner to our customers because it allows us to become a more cost-effective supplier.”
Sun Chemical will maintain the headquarters of its North American Inks division in Northlake, IL, along with labs and motherplant ink and coating production in that location. Sun Chemical will manufacture sheetfed, screen and water-based flexo inks in St. Charles. Sun Chemical also produces inks for packaging at its Monitor branch in Chicago and publication gravure inks at its motherplant in Kankakee, IL. Altogether, Mr. Murphy said Sun Chemical employs approximately 540 people in Illinois.
“Sun Chemical will continue to consolidate operations in certain local markets across the country to improve its efficiency,” Mr. Murphy added. “Sun Chemical, Kohl & Madden and Coates Screen are all brands that customers in different segments of the printing industry have come to know and trust. They can continue to rely on these products because we will continue to offer innovative inks and coatings with the local service that our customers expect.”