LIMERICK, PA — June 25, 2019 — Scott Korn, Chairman & CEO of The Bengal Group reveals the purchase of a new 80,000 ft2 warehouse to support the company’s ongoing and growing converting, warehousing and distribution platform. The new warehouse has nine loading docks and rail siding directly into the facility. The additional space will assist Bengal’s growth by creating new opportunities for the company.
Bengal’s expansion into the new warehouse was set to take place at the beginning of the month, pushing total capacity to around 225,000 ft2. Since breaking into the other building, “we are experiencing increasing demands from customers and surplus of material in and outbound,” Korn said. The converter, which entered into the paper and packaging market about 10 years ago, operates five rewinders and two Marquip sheeters and produces paperboard for the likes of Kellogg’s, Nabisco, Amazon and other Fortune 500 companies.
Online stores like eBay and Ali Baba continue to see rapid growth as sales from these e-commerce giants soar to new heights with each year, lending to increased deliveries of packaged goods. All of this market interaction is directly translated to the business on Bengal’s production floor.
Whether it’s pharmaceutical packaging grades, food packaging grades, or tissue grades, Bengal’s customers can count on fast turnaround times and exceptional quality. Bengal is committed to reliable and transparent communication from start to finish. The Bengal Group has branded itself as a leader in the converting industry in the northeast. The company differentiates its workmanship with impressive finished product, devoted customer relationships, and cohesive team logistics. Bengal will implement the same safety and sustainability standards at the new warehouse that it currently upholds with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative), PEFE (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and iSO 9001.
With local competition going out, Bengal’s position has shifted and allowed for new partnerships to develop on both the sheeting and rewinding side. The company is now seeking to invest more internally to reflect its exterior and expanding customer base. There are very few businesses left that follow a model similar to Bengal’s, solely as a converter that does not purchase or sell any stock. All inventory housed at the facility is customer-owned.
Bengal has acted as a part of a customer’s supply chain and, according to senior management, this aspect will be maintained as the business continues to grow. Korn stated, “We are constantly striving to provide value to our customers and cultivating high levels of trust in terms of our operations and procedures.” Bengal prides itself on its high attention to detail in following its customer’s specific standards for finished goods and packaging requirements. The company responds to its client’s needs 24/7/365.
On the converting side—The Bengal Group’s offerings include contract rewinding and slitting on the company’s five rewinders for a variety of materials. In addition to paper converting and paperboard, the company has experience converting PVCs, films, tissue, woven and nonwoven grades, plastics, foils and other specialty grades. The rewinders range in intake diameter and width capabilities. They can handle master roll widths up to 143 inches and can slit to as low as three inches, with core sizes ranging from three inches through 16 inches.
More exciting news happening at Bengal is in regard to its sheeting operations. Bengal runs two Marquip paperboard sheeters, and its second one recently came off of startup mode, allowing the company to capture new possibilities with more available machine time. Both sheeters can handle board grades from as thin as 8pt. through 52 pt. Minimum sheet sizes are as small as 11 inches by 17 inches and the maximum sheet sizes are 65 inches by 80 inches, with core sizes ranging from three inches to 12 inches.
Another important focal point is Bengal’s strategic location. The company is situated in close proximity to the ports of Philadelphia, Newark and Baltimore, with access to the Norfolk Southern rail line—a strong selling point for cross docking services. Using real time electronic inventory management, customers are able to view their product the moment it hits Bengal’s dock and see it in real time, until the time it leaves the facility. Bengal can also fully integrate into SAP and EDI systems, further demonstrating to its customer’s that it goes the extra mile in catering to their needs.
The acquisition of new warehouse space is serving to enhance efficiency of The Bengal Group’s processes and propel the company’s current market standing forward. Their assets have increased, and sales are taking off as a result. Moving forward, the company wants to continue in its upward growth pattern, working alongside its customers to lean out manufacturing to improve production and cost, all while providing the highest quality service. When companies are seeking out profitable and beneficial partnerships, they will know they can rely on The Bengal Group to manage their needs.