Five Years Old and Growing

Impaxx Inc., an organization now made up of nine wholly owned companies that provide either packaging materials or equipment, has reached a milestone—its fifth birthday. As part of its evolution and growth, Impaxx has restructured its sales and marketing organization and redesigned and expanded its operations around the country. The group has also invested in new equipment and expanded its capabilities, putting $12 million of capital back into the business, according to president and CEO Richard Majewski.

Impaxx has combined the individual sales and marketing staffs of its member companies into one corporate structure. Says Majewski: "By centralizing, we can free up our local plants to concentrate on customer service." The new organization will report to executive vice president Lars Ho-Tseung, formerly president of the Impaxx Western Packaging Group. Robin Henfling, formerly president of the Arlington Press Pharmaceutical Packaging Group, has been named executive vice president of operations. Impaxx has also added 13 sales representatives.

Two new facilities have also been constructed for Impaxx operations. A newly designed 40,000-sq-ft location in American Fork, UT, consolidates and nearly doubles the size of previous operations of two Label Express facilities. The second new facility is in Vernon, CA, which will replace I.L. Walker's carton-manufacturing operations currently housed in four separate buildings in Los Angeles.

Finally, Impaxx has doubled the size of its Arlington Press printing facility in Raleigh, NC. The 31,000-sq-ft expansion brings manufacturing space to more than 60,000 sq ft, says Henfling. The expansion also includes additional equipment for production of cartons, inserts, outserts, and specialty products and allows for future growth. "By increasing our resources—whatever they are—we are better able to serve our pharmaceutical customers," he says.

Majewski says that Impaxx's ultimate goal is to help pharmaceutical companies obtain materials and equipment from different parts of Impaxx through only one point of contact.

Daphne Allen

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