The Independent Carton Group (ICG) welcomes Vista Color Corp. to its member roster. The Miami, Florida carton converter was approved for ICG membership during the group’s recent general membership meeting in Wausau, Wisconsin, which was hosted by member Wausau Container Corp. This brings total membership to 19 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers in 15 U.S. states and Canada.
Vista Color originated as a prepress house in the graphic arts industry before evolving into a commercial printer and then into a folding carton converter. The company serves diverse industries, including pharmaceutical, food, beverage, cosmetics and private label, and prides itself on high-quality production and superior customer service. Cartons are produced in the 85,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Miami.
“We moved into the facility four years ago because we wanted a new press that wouldn’t fit in our old plant. We have always led with technology — it’s in our DNA — and we’re committed to our technology investments,” said Jess Hernandez, President. “We have a seven-color press with inline foil. We’ve built many efficiencies into our workflows. We do our own tooling and design. In many ways, because of our location, we’ve had to become self-reliant.”
Hernandez appreciates the value and benefits that ICG membership affords them. “Consolidation is the new industry narrative, and companies like ours are becoming a rarity. ICG membership strengthens our position in the market, while safeguarding our independent operation,” he said. “From disaster recovery to group purchasing, we have much to gain as a member. But more than that, we have a sounding board, an educational outlet for our employees, and an intimate forum where leaders come together to learn from one another and work through shared challenges.”
From left, Jess Hernandez, President, Vista Color; Jay Willie, Executive Director, ICG; Enrique Tefel, Director of Procurement, Vista Color