INX International Ink Co., a division of Japanese company Sakata INX, announced at the end of November its plans to build a 62,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon, Ohio. The company broke ground on the project on Dec. 5, with both company officials and local dignitaries attending the ceremony.
The new building will be located in the 752-acre Lebanon Commerce Center business park, about 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati. INX International Ink spent two years analyzing potential locations for the new facility and ultimately chose the site in Lebanon because it offers easy access to Interstate 71 and provides the company with an opportunity for future expansion.
“INX is currently producing 37 million pounds of solvent ink for packaging, and we project production to be at 42 million pounds in the next couple of years. Our capacity for this product line will increase to 77 million pounds. We will transfer our current workforce in Blue Ash and add jobs in Lebanon, so we will have 33 employees when the new building opens. We anticipate adding more employees in stages over the next five years, and if demand continues to rise, we have the capability to expand our plant up to 90,000 square feet in the future,” John Hrdlick, COO of INX International Ink Co., said in a statement for the press.
The new facility will be constructed on 11 acres of land. It will serve as a manufacturing center primarily for solvent ink packaging products. INX will also produce three-piece metal decorating, as well as UV/EB and some water-based flexographic ink products at the site. Besides the greater manufacturing space, the new building will include a full-service lab for color management and development, Quality Control and testing purposes, and accommodations for employee training and customer meetings.
Owner and developer The Schueler Group of Cos. expects to complete the new facility in the fourth quarter of 2014. Corporate partner Bunnell Hill Construction Co. will be the project’s general contractor. The Dayton Daily News reported that the project is expected to cost $18 million.
Photo credits: INX International Ink Co.