Capital investment key to future growth at Alpha Poly
Alpha Poly purchases new flex press from W&H.
June 27, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff
LINCOLN, RI—Alpha Poly Packaging Solutions, located in Brampton, Ont. has ordered a MIRAFLEX AM 8-color flexographic press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher, its first investment in W&H technology.
Alpha Poly was established back in 1989 by the Kerrigan family as a producer primarily of polyethylene (PE) plastic bags, but the jump to running complex, high-end process print jobs, offering in-house design capabilities along with converting and laminating was a natural progression for this dynamic, high-energy company.
Steady growth over the past few years has encouraged the Kerrigan’s to take the company to the next level by adding value to its current products and services and strengthening its ability to deliver excellent quality to customers with short turnaround times, no matter the size of the job.
“This is a pivotal time in the company’s history,” remarks general manager Patrick Kerrigan. “We’ve given the company a makeover with a new name, logo and look.”
Other equipment added during the make-over includes a laminator from Nordmeccanica and slitter from Deacro. Says Kerrigan, “We want to add value to the products and service we offer to help coordinate our customers’ packaging under one roof.”
The company is adding 20,000 square feet for warehousing, using the full existing 30,000 square feet solely for production.
Alpha Poly recently won a Silver award in the Flexible Packaging category in the 2013 PAC Packaging Competition organized by PAC—The Packaging Association for its exceptional graphic design, structural design and printing of Downey Potato Farms bags. (See photo and see the May 2013 issue of Canadian Packaging magazine for an article on Downey Potato Farms).
The 52” MIRAFLEX AM 8 is scheduled for installation in early 2014. The press is equipped with the TURBOCLEAN automatic wash-up system, the new EASY SET HD for automatic impression setting and 3D plate topography, and EASY REG S for automatic register setting. The press is capable of speeds of up to 1300 ft/min.
For more information on Alpha Poly, visit www.alphapoly.com.
More information on Windmoeller & Hoelscher cane be found at www.whcorp.com.