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Inland, a developer of innovative solutions for food, beverage and consumer product packaging, announced the addition of 50,000 square feet of facilities near its Airport Road location in La Crosse, WI. The new space, which will house its finished goods warehousing and distribution, follows Inland's rebranding announcement in March of this year. The rebrand was a strategic decision based on the company's growth and expansion into new markets.

Clare Goldsberry

June 15, 2015

2 Min Read
Packaging company Inland expands footprint for greater flexibility

Inland, a developer of innovative solutions for food, beverage and consumer product packaging, announced the addition of 50,000 square feet of facilities near its Airport Road location in La Crosse, WI. The new space, which will house its finished goods warehousing and distribution, follows Inland's rebranding announcement in March of this year. The rebrand was a strategic decision based on the company's growth and expansion into new markets.

"As we continue to grow at Inland, it was important for us to look into how we could expand our current footprint," explains Garet Wetzel, Inland's Vice President of Supply Chain. "Having these facilities will give us the flexibility to add additional equipment and continue providing quality products and services for our customers."

inland-beer-625.jpgOver its 70-year history, Inland has become a well-known innovator and global supplier of advanced packaging and labeling technology. The emergence of new, sophisticated packaging processes such as in-mold labeling (IML), which merges label and container, presented the company with opportunities for dramatic growth and diversification. Substantial equipment investment and development of technical expertise have been ongoing for more than a decade, beginning with a major laboratory expansion and the addition of a chemist to lead the development team.

In addition to the new square footage, Inland is scheduled to install a flexographic printing press in July and two new XL offset printing presses by October of this year. Heavy investment back into the company is nothing new to Inland, which has internally invested over $30 million since 2008. Inland plans to have the first of the new presses running at full capacity by mid-July. Along with equipment, Inland continues to recruit for more than 50 positions to help with this expansion. The company currently employs more than 300 people at two facilities in La Crosse.

Inland is also known for sustainable initiatives like reducing its own packaging volume and installing a closed-loop water system to reduce heating and cooling requirements. Inland is part of the Sustainability Institute, a consortium formed by Western Technical College to share and promote green practices.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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