West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 231-6500
Fax: (630) 231-6585
Sales: $58 million
Major Products: Web offset, heatset, coldset, sheetfed, flexo and UV/EB inks; pressroom chemicals and blankets.
Key Personnel: Dan Breen, CEO; Gregg Dahleen, president; Scott Feigleson, CFO; Vic Dahleen, VP of sales and business development.
Number of Employees: 136.
Operating Facilities: West Chicago, IL; Plymouth, MN; Menomonee Falls, WI; Swedesboro, NJ; Fontana, CA; Sunrise, FL.
Comments: Founded in 1933 by Cecil E. Breen, Central Ink Corporation remains a family-owned offset ink specialist. Richard Breen, Cecil’s son, has led the company since 1985, and now with Richard Breen stepping down, his son Dan will take the reins and continue the family’s rich history in the ink industry.
“After 69 years at Central Ink, Richard Breen has passed the torch to his son, Dan,” said Victor Dahleen, VP of sales and marketing for Central Ink Corporation. “Dan Breen is the third generation of Breens leading the company.”
Central Ink’s core markets are heatset, coldset and sheetfed inks, and those segments have suffered along with their customers in the publication and commercial printing markets. Still, Central Ink had a fairly solid year in 2016.
“Sales were slightly below expectation, primarily due to print consolidation,” Dahleen noted. “Print consolidation is always an ongoing concern throughout the industry. Our international division has seen solid growth.”
There is much interest in UV LED and HUV curing technologies, and Central Ink is active in these markets, while also developing new formulations for their core segments.
“Central Ink is currently developing LED and HUV technologies,” Dahleen said, adding that the company is also engineering new products for coldset applications and continuing to improve its compatibility with custom inks and chemistry. On the sales side, Central Ink has added new software improving sales activity and increasing communication.
Dahleen noted that bringing value to customers will be key to Central Ink’s success in the coming years.
“Pricing continues to be our customers main concern,” he said. “Central Ink’s focus has always been providing value to our customers. We look forward to 2017 and plan to develop new opportunities by providing great value for customers.”