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Nosco

tomer base and now serves adjacent markets such as
nutraceuticals, which includes supplements. "We've
also extended our reach to the 'health' side of health and
beauty," he says. This has resulted in the company providing packaging for over-the-counter products sold at
places such as Walmart or Target.
Digital technology also allows the company to establish a leadership position in serialized and personalized
packaging. "For our pharmaceutical customers, that
capability allows us to do some serialized printing from
a security standpoint," McKeough says. Nosco also provides personalized packaging using digital technology for
consumer goods companies who are looking to connect
more closely with their customers.
It also enables Nosco to be decorative in its packaging.
"Each unit can be unique in some way," he says. "Things
like tactile coatings, embossing and debossing, and
unique substrates give a package a particular pop or zeal."

Giving Back

Midwest

A Great Place
McKeough, who joined Nosco in March 2010, is proud of
the company. "We've had very, very consistent growth
through times when a lot of printers weren't growing,"
he says.
"I also love being part of an employee-owned environment," he continues. "That's a healthy and positive environment to work in."
The company's management, he notes, truly values its
people. "We talk about things like retiring with dignity
and mutual respect," McKeough says. "But it's not just
talk. It's a great place to work."
Nosco plans to continue growing, McKeough says. "We
are just reaching our stride in the market extensions I
talked about," he says.
"We believe that our focus on process excellence
and speed to market are appropriate," he continues.
"We'll continue to invest in the lean, Six Sigma training and continuous improvement efforts, and we believe we can grow faster than the market." mt

Nosco is an employee-owned business, which not only
gives its associates an incentive in its success, but also
drives them to invest profits back in the business, McKeough says. Its recent investments include a greenfield
startup in Bristol, Pa.
"That's an all-digital site," he says. "All the printing
and packaging is done with digital technology. We've
currently got three printing lines running out there and
about 50 employees."
Equipment includes the HP 30000 carton press. "We
were one of the initial four beta sites for that press," McKeough says, noting that Nosco has two of those presses
currently operating.

Ensuring Satisfaction
Nosco utilizes quality systems that are very consistent
with ISO and other programs. That way, "We can ensure
what gets out the door meets or exceeds the customer expectations," McKeough says.
The company implemented lean practices in 2007 and
began utilizing the Six Sigma system earlier this year.
Both have led to significant improvements for Nosco,
McKeough asserts.
"Lean is a great way to have continuous and incremental improvements," he describes. "Six Sigma is
more of a nod to our process culture. It's in conjunction
with the lean, so we're continuing to optimize flow and
look for waste."
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