Wellington, Ohio-based Banner Ups, makers of adhesive grommet tabs for banners, announces that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Columbia, Illinois-based Budnick Converting Inc., one of the nation’s leading converters of adhesive tapes and flexible materials. Budnick has been a supplier partner of Banner Ups for more than 25 years.
Banner Ups’ manufacturing and shipping operations will move from Ohio into Budnick’s new 100,000-square-foot converting facility in Columbia. The companies say the partnership and facility expansion opens Banner Ups customers to Budnick’s vast converting capabilities, adhesive tape offering, and expanded inventory resources.
“We will be expanding into Budnick’s massive new facility near St. Louis; our operations will have tremendous new resources of space, personnel, and inventory available to us, says Andy Cianciola, marketing coordinator for Banner Ups. “Budnick will not only acquire and integrate the Banner Ups business into theirs but also we will integrate their tremendous adhesive converting capabilities into our markets. We believe this will open up significant growth in our product offering in the years to come.”
Banner Ups says its business and service levels will continue as usual and the management and marketing team, including Rick Hatton and Cianciola, will lead marketing efforts for the new venture from the company’s facilities in Wellington. The Banner Ups name will continue on, although technically the combined company will be under the Budnick Converting Inc. name.
“We will be offering one-stop shopping, an expanded line, and far greater logistic resources,” says Hatton. “But Budnick’s formidable resources will allow us to spend more time working with our valued distributors and developing new products.”