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Nosco
www.nosco.com / HQ: Gurnee, Ill. / Employees: 600 / Specialty: Healthcare packaging / John
McKeough, sr. VP of operations: "We believe that we're providing solutions more than products."

Midwest

Made to Order

nosco exceeds its clients' expectations with its
customized packaging. by alan dorich

nosco takes pride in its
large digital printing
footprint and capability.

Nosco has established a century-long history of quality as it has
served the pharmaceuticals industry. "We have been doing it for a long
time and have an effective, quality approach," Senior Vice President of Operations John McKeough says.
Based in Gurnee, Ill., the full-service packaging provider caters to
more than 350 healthcare customers.
McKeough notes that the company
started operations 110 years ago as a
national office supply firm.
In the 1930s, it moved into printing for the pharmaceuticals industry,
which is where it has stayed for the
last 80 years. Today, "We offer what
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we would consider a full breadth of
product offerings from a packaging
standpoint," McKeough says.
These range from labels to folded
literature and cartons to combination packages. "Our processes really
span virtually all of the current printing technologies," he says, noting
that these include offset and flexographic printing. "Our business is very
made to order."
For example, the company recently developed a product for a client
that combined a folded insert and a
folded carton. "Both of those components were folded separately and
joined on their filling lines when

they put the drug in the box," McKeough explains.
But by putting the two together,
Nosco has helped its client reduce
waste as well as costs. "We believe that
we're providing solutions more than
products," he says. "A lot of people can
put ink on paper, but we like to think
[what we do] goes deeper than that."
This has helped make Nosco a leader
in several areas, including digital printing. "We introduced some first-of-itskind technology," he says. "We have a
large digital footprint and capability."

Making Packages Pop
Nosco recently expanded its cus-


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