September 05 2016
Originally specializing in printing pressure sensitive labels, Belmark has been providing labelsand packaging to local businesses for decades and currently provides multiple products and services to their clients.
Belmark was founded in 1977 by Bruce Bell. He saw a need for a business that could make labels for other businesses, and wanted to make his own mark on the industry. Providing labels and packaging to local businesses, Belmark also offers another very important service; short-run printing. “Short-run printing allows the businesses to get exactly what they need and want without having to order a ridiculous amount of labels. It makes things very quick and convenient for the businesses that we work with,” says Heather Swanson, Belmark’s talent acquisition coordinator.
When Belmark was first started, they specialized in pressure sensitive labels. Currently they offer pressure sensitive labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons. “We provide packaging for the food industry for products such as cheese, meat, confection, dry goods, nutraceutical, coffee and tea,” says Swanson.
Since inception, Belmark has experienced steady growth. When created in 1977, the entire business consisted of three employees. Now, almost 40 years later, Belmark employs around 800 at five different plants and is looking to expand and make a sixth plant for production by 2018. “We have seen constant growth since we first opened the business. We haven’t had to backtrack or lay anyone off. We are constantly moving forward thanks to the great employees we have, and the unique industry that we work in,” adds Swanson.
Belmark is not only growing in terms of business and manufacturing space, they are looking to take on interns and apprentices to allow high school students to get a look at what the business is all about. “We really want to reach out to high school students and show them all of the opportunities that we have to offer, and let them get an idea of what businesses like ours are all about,” says Swanson. “I really look forward to seeing all the growth that is sure to happen in coming years. Also the different things we will get to experience with our apprentices. I think it will bring in a good energy and will be a great learning experience for all of us.”
Final thoughts: “The Greater Green Bay Chamber has provided us with so many unique opportunities to work with many different community members that we probably would not have gotten to work with. They also are able to take our goals and make them happen, especially with our youth apprentices. They really understand the needs of both the business and the students, and make it a great experience with both parties,” says Swanson.