In 2016, Colbert Packaging was in a high-growth mode and was looking to expand. They ultimately selected a 173,000 SF building in Kenosha and sited their expanded productions operations there, bringing approximately 60 jobs. They maintained some operations as well as their headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. In January 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the decision was made to move the headquarters to the Kenosha facility and consolidate the Illinois manufacturing operations.
Their goal was to improve service levels and efficiencies, eliminate redundancies and better position themselves for long-term growth in their industry. The synergies gained through the challenging consolidation have resulted in a positive momentum that continues into 2021 for Colbert. After the HQ move and consolidation of operations, Colbert now has 177 employees, including their temp-to-hire workforce, and are recruiting for approximately 25 open positions.
“One of the drivers of the decision to move the headquarters to the Kenosha facility and consolidate the Illinois manufacturing operations was to better position ourselves for long-term growth in our industry,” said Jeff MacDougall, Corporate Compliance Manager for Colbert.