'Sets Sail' to Celebrate 30 Years

Capping off three decades of success as a leading manufacturer of doctor blades, Flexo Concepts celebrated its 30th anniversary on historic Plymouth Harbor. The company treated its local business partners to a tour of its manufacturing facility followed by a sunset cruise aboard the Pilgrim Belle with employees and their families.

Thirty years ago, Flexo Concepts was established to help design a doctor blade for box makers, a move that secured its longstanding place as a dominant player in the worldwide UHMW corrugated blade market. Since then, the company has grown to serve the tag & label, flexible packaging and many other printing markets worldwide. Its TruPoint Orange®, TruPoint Green®  and TruPoint DuraPoint®  doctor blades are among its doctor blade products that have helped transform the flexo printing market.

The company was acquired in 2001 by Kevin McLaughlin, who later added longtime friend and industry colleague Greg Howell as his business partner. When asked about his proudest professional accomplishment, McLaughlin responded, “Our brand identity. Wherever I go in the industry, people tell me how impressed they are with us, and I think it goes beyond our bright orange shirts!” 

“I would say I am most proud of the team we have at Flexo Concepts and the work they do,” said Howell. He credits a culture that values individual contribution, collaboration, and a work environment that is meaningful and fun. “Across all departments, our employees are smart, hardworking and enjoy taking on new challenges. So, we’ve got a lot to celebrate at our 30-year mark.” 

In addition to continuously working to create new and improved products, Flexo Concepts is currently exploring new applications for its blade technology outside of the printing industry.