Our Company

About Fort Dearborn Company

We are committed to customer intimacy and providing customers with value, service and the highest quality attainable. We deliver solutions designed to meet customer's needs and exceed their expectations every single day. Our ability to effectively manage the diverse needs of our customer base has been through aggressive capital investment and selective acquisitions. Fort Dearborn has the financial strength, established infrastructure, capacity and technical expertise to support our customers today and in the future.


Core Values

Customer Intimacy: Understand our customers' needs and challenges to support their growth and strategies

Financial Discipline: Manage the business to drive top and bottom line results to ensure long-term sustainable growth

Performance Driven: Reward associates that drive results and continual improvement

Important Dates





Fort Dearborn acquires AC Label / St Louis Litho and expands the company's presence in the spirits, beverage, nutraceutical and confectionery end markets.

Fort Dearborn acquires FetterGroup's paint & coatings label business.


KRG Capital Partners becomes Fort Dearborn's largest investor.


Fort Dearborn acquires Renaissance Mark. The acquisition combines the two leading supplier of "cut & stack" labels and expands Fort Dearborn's scale and presence as a premier label supplier.



Genstar Capital, a private equity firm, acquires Fort Dearborn. After evaluation of opportunties in the decorative label industry, Fort Dearborn is selected as the most attractive platform company.



Fort Dearborn begins evolving from a small, family run organization to a larger, professionally managed organization with several key positions appointed with industry talent.



Fort Dearborn acquires Coastal Sleeve Label, a progressive producer of shrink sleeve labels for the food, beverage and consumer product industries.



Fort Dearborn introduces the HiColour printing process to the label industry, which expands the color gamut by eliminating the need for spot colors.



Digital printing capabilities are added at Fort Dearborn in response to customer needs for shorter run size projects and prototyping.



Fort Dearborn focuses on label converting.



When Nick passes away unexpectedly, Tom assumes role of President of Fort Dearborn.



Fort Dearborn continues to grow as Nick’s sons, Tom, Jerry and Richard, all join the company.



The US Government asks Fort Dearborn to print top-secret, strategic topographic maps for the War Department, garnering many commendations for this effort.



Fort Dearborn begins carving a niche in label production for food and beverage products.



Fort Dearborn Company is founded by Nick Adler Jr. Following an apprenticeship in Milwaukee, Nick used his $6000 life savings, and a matching loan from his father, to open a one press shop in Chicago, Illinois.



Craft Distiller Shows
Visit us at the American Craft Distillers Association in Denver, CO Mar 13-15, 2014 and the American Distillers Institute in Seattle, WA Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2014


Pack Expo 2014
Visit us at Booth #E-8309 in Chicago, IL Nov 2-5, 2014 for the latest developments in decorative label solutions.

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Label Option Kits

Fort Dearborn offers a variety of options to support your Innovation and Sustainability efforts.