• Joe Rizzo. Director of the New England Lean

New Member Announcement: Admiral Packaging of Providence, RI

The New England Lean Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of a new member, Admiral Packaging of Providence, RI.

From the Admiral Packaging website: https://www.admiralpkg.com

Admiral Packaging’s company headquarters are located in Providence, RI in a collection of buildings built between c. 1860 and 1986. Known today as the “Union Paper Co. building” our headquarters are an Ocean State landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of textile mill architecture and engineering.

Admiral Packaging

Through the implementation of LEAN manufacturing principles, Admiral Packaging has reduced its manufacturing square footage and converted the extra space to commercial offices. After the economic transformation, the huge Union Paper Co. complex is now occupied by a variety of businesses from start-ups and high-tech to an international transportation company.

Sensing an opportunity to serve the growing business community of Providence, Rhode Island, Moses Frank founded Union Paper Company in 1898 as a supplier of paper and stationery products. Union Paper grew steadily through the early 1900’s, maintaining a commitment to customer service that lives on today. In 1954, under the leadership of Bud Frank, the company entered into the converting marketplace. Through the investment in the most advanced equipment available at the time, Union quickly became one of the leading converters in the Eastern United States. Printing capabilities were soon added and in 1962, the company moved to its present location in Providence.

Harley Frank, the fourth generation of the Frank family, has continued to guide and grow the company though the turn of the century. In 2005, the company changed its name from Union Industries to Admiral Packaging, Inc. to more accurately reflect its commitment to flexible packaging.

Today Admiral Packaging continues to grow and invest heavily in the business, with continual investments in people and technology.

A Lean Consortium is a group of companies and organizations that get together to help each other on their Lean Continuous Improvement journey. Facilitated by a Lean CI professional and connected by a secure online resource and sharing portal, the Consortium brings together local companies and peers to share, learn and grow with each other on their Lean journey. Member Companies share Best Practices and Resources in order to bring their Continuous Improvement Program to the next level.

The New England Lean Consortium’s current members include companies from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

For further information, contact Joe Rizzo at jrizzo43@bellsouth.net or at (207-400-4403).