Avery Dennison Expands Facility, Capabilities and Appoints New Vice PresidentJune 7th, 2017 by Katherine Coig
Avery Dennison is expanding its Fairport Harbor, Ohio, graphics material production facility. The company also announced the promotion of Nick Tucci to vice president and general manager of the company’s Label and Graphic Materials (LGM) division, North America.
Bill Podojil, senior business director of Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, says the company added 70,000-square-feet to the existing facility, which broke ground in April 2016.
“We added a large, new manufacturing bay and an addition on to the offices to add a customer experience center,” Podojil explains. “We wanted it to be more than just adding to our manufacturing capabilities; we wanted to transform the plant into a customer-centric experience, and invest not only in customer events such as classes and training, but we wanted to bring customers close to the manufacturing of our products.”
He adds, “It’s gone from an off-the-beaten path facility to a focal point for our graphic customers.”
Included in the expansion was the addition of a brand new, state-of-the-art casting line, which, according to Podojil, is the fastest casting line the company owns world-wide. “We expect [casting line] to really grow our graphic space, which has been a large focus for the corporation.”
Podojil expects that the expansion, coupled with the new casting line, will mark Fairport Harbor as the company’s cornerstone for its graphics division. The line will primarily serve the North American market, but also for Europe and Australia, he says.
According to Podojil, the company chose the Fairport facility because Northeast Ohio is a hub for its graphics business as well as its complementary products such as labels and packaging materials.
“We added 19 new employees to the Northeast Ohio team,” Podojil says in regards to the expansion. “… We found this to be a good place to continue that investment to draw from a pretty deep pool of talent from the community.”
The company also appointed Nick Tucci as vice president and general manager to its LGM division, which houses the company’s graphics division.
“I’m very passionate about our industry. I’m looking to continue to grow so that our customers can be successful ….,” Tucci says. “Our industry has been very resilient—a lot of re-investments in order for it to sustain itself, and we’re going to continue to make investments into innovation and acquisitions.”
In 2016, the company acquired the European business of Mactac, and, in 2017, completed its acquisition of Hanita Coatings.
Last week, the company launched the Avery Dennison Hanita window film portfolio for both automotive and architectural flat glass in North America.
Podojil says, “It’s a really exciting time at Avery Dennison in our graphics division.”