PITTSBURG — Kendall Packaging conducted an open house meeting in celebration of its recent $10 million expansion Thursday.

The festivities kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1901 East 27th Terr, followed by tours of the new area.

The project added 60,000 square feet of space, a workout room, additional offices and 18 jobs. According to President and CEO Eric Erickson, the facility boasts 64 employees as a result of the expansion.

“We have room to put in another press and more coating and laminating equipment,” Erickson said. “When that’s done, this could employ another 20 or 25 employees.”

The president praised his employees for their day-to-day efforts.

“As a business, it’s very easy to get caught in the trappings,” Erickson said. “The equipment is very expensive and very sexy, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t work unless our employees and production partners make it hum and sing.”

Additionally, he said he views the expansion as an opportunity to give back to the Pittsburg community.

“Not only is this a great place to grow a business, but the people of Pittsburg have also made us feel very welcome,” he said. “These guys are very good at the business side but the community side is really the thing that gives me a sense of pride.”

Looking ahead, the CEO hopes to see the company continue to grow.

“We’re not the biggest one out there, but I would say we’re the best,” Erickson said. “We invest in good equipment and excellent employees, so we want to continue to be an influential manufacturing company in the flexible packaging market space.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.