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Lean manufacturing pays off in Quakertown

In the past seven years, Avery Dennison has invested $13 million in its Quakertown plant.

One can literally put a label on the kind of success that Avery Dennison has had over the years.

One can literally put a label on the kind of success that Avery Dennison has had over the years.

Millions of labels.

Since 2007, the manufacturer has invested $13 million in capital in its Quakertown facility. The site upgraded technology and equipment, added 65 employees and integrated lean manufacturing and quality improving techniques to eliminate waste in everyday operations.

The facility produces pressure-sensitive papers, films and foils used to create labels.

“Our objective is to create world-class, quality film constructions. … The technology we invested in allowed us to compete in the global market,” said Andy Morris, plant manager at the Quakertown facility and national finishing manager for North America. “In 2007, we saw a need for the exportation of film material, and we started exporting around the world in places like Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and Europe.”

Morris said the facility in Bucks County essentially is a coating and finishing facility that applies the coating, laminate and adhesive to rolls of paper, film and foil that then go to label convertors.

“We use raw material and make the labels, but we do not print or die-cut them. We sell huge rolls of blank labels to label convertors,” Morris said. “Our product goes into making the labels found in home and personal care items, food and beverages.”

Avery Dennison, based in California, has nine label and packaging materials plants as well as nine Distribution Centers throughout North America. The 160,000-square-foot Quakertown location is one of its LPM plants.

R. Stanton Avery created the first self-adhesive label in 1935 and opened the company’s first facility. The first self-adhesive label was made in a 100-square-foot loft space in Los Angeles.

Sales hit the billion-dollar mark in 1985, and five years later the company that R. Stanton Avery established merged with Dennison Manufacturing, giving the label empire its existing name.

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