SCHAUMBURG, IL – Following a successful expansion of its metal decorating plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, INX International Ink Co. recently doubled the size of its manufacturing facility in Edwardsville, Kansas. Completed in April, the now 75,000 square-foot building improves the company’s ability to support continued growth for its energy-curable inks and coatings products.
Strategically located on 8.6 acres of land near major interstate arteries in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, the original complex opened in 1992 when it combined resources from the Acme and Midland offset ink facilities. Edwardsville assumed additional product offerings when the Kansas City plant closed in 2005, thus absorbing the UV Flexo, UV Coatings and water-based blended lines.
“The Edwardsville expansion was necessary for many of the same reasons why we made a capital investment to expand our Charlotte facility last year,” acknowledged John Hrdlick, Chief Operating Officer for INX. “Our UV sales growth trend had continued to place a strain on the facility. The lack of space did not allow us to stage international shipments as we worked on those orders. Product had to be stored in various locations inside the facility, which resulted in many extra material movements.
“Our warehouse space also was at maximum capacity, requiring us to seek off-site warehousing for both raw materials and finished goods,” continued Hrdlick. “Less space also made it difficult to support our non-UV customers in the geographical area. The expansion resolves all those issues. We now have floor space in shipping to stage all of the materials for the orders in one place, and we will be eliminating the rental warehousing once we get acclimated to the new space.”
Hrdlick said the $5.2 million cost of the expansion will be offset by the company’s ability to support continued sales growth of its energy-curable products, including UV, EB, LED and HUV inks and coatings.