Nosco opens packaging innovation center

Packaging solutions provider in personal care and snacks market, including for private brands for clients that produce for Walgreens, CVS and Vitamin Shoppe, unveiled a new facility.
Dan Ochwat
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Nosco Inc., a subsidiary of Holden Industries, entered a new era of printed packaging for its clients, including for manufacturers of private brand rollouts. The company opened a new 175,000-square-foot packaging innovation center in its home base of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The facility handles carton and label production and will provide redundant product capabilities that expand Nosco’s efforts in printed packaging as it focuses on quality and growth for the healthcare industry, the company said.

Nosco told Store Brands that the packaging solutions provider produces cartons and labels for the natural health, personal care, and confectionery and snack markets, as well as labels and inserts for the pharmaceutical market. Clients include manufacturers of private label printed packaging (produced by Nosco) for retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Vitamin Shoppe.

"We recently began production, printing pharmaceutical folding cartons on our Bobst Expertfold 110," said Craig Curran, Nosco president. "This week, we will start producing labels using two new HP Indigo 6K Label machines. Moving forward, the Pleasant Prairie facility will be home to production for all label and carton orders placed hereafter that were historically produced at Nosco's Gurnee and Waukegan facilities, respectively."

The packaging innovation center will be home to nearly 300 of more than 700 Nosco employees, with staff in other facilities in Illinois, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. 

The Nosco Packaging Innovation Center will feature an observatory bridge overlooking all production activities to help monitor quality and help with audits and tours. Additionally, Nosco's CAD and solutions engineering teams will continue to enhance customer packaging with sustainable material options, substrate and ink recommendations, structural design expertise and more at the innovation center. Both teams will now work together with customers out of the facility's fully-integrated Customer Innovation Hub, alongside their state-of-the-art MakerSpace.

Through the company's increased facility space and long-term lease, Nosco is positioned to support expanded capacity and future growth goals, too. This growth potential will enable Nosco to create jobs in Kenosha County.