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Squid Ink turns 25

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General Coding & Labeling Squid Ink Manufacturing

Company comes from classic garage to big business success story with nearly 50,000 printers and one-million-plus gallons of ink sold.

BROOKLYN PARK, MN—Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of coding and marking systems and quality inks for product identification and traceability, celebrates its 25th year in business.

Squid Ink began in 1991 in owner Bill Hoagland’s garage, mixing replacement inks for existing large character drop-on-demand printers.  Squid Ink was able to produce a superior quality product for less than half the price, giving customers more value for their money and earning their trust.

Since then, this commitment to provide value-added products has grown to include a full line of printing systems as well as a comprehensive library of inks.

Squid Ink printers and ink are designed to print the highest quality bar codes, batch numbers, date codes, logos and large or small character text, directly onto corrugated cases, plastics, metals, glass, wood and other substrates.


Since 1991, Squid Ink has sold nearly 50,000 printers and over one million gallons of ink.

The company is headquartered in Brooklyn Park, MN with production facilities in Spring Lake Park, MN, Rogers, MN, and Corona, CA, and sales and support facilities in Shanghai, China and The Hague, Netherlands.
Squid Ink ( operates as a subsidiary of Engage Technologies Corporation, parent company of Squid Ink, Eastey Enterprises, AFM, and Cogent Technologies.  Eastey ( is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty shrink packaging equipment and automated case sealing systems for packaging applications.  American Film & Machinery ( supplies shrink labeling equipment, shrink labels, and tamper bands.  Cogent Technologies ( manufactures infrared drying systems used to dry ink in the industrial and graphics industries.


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