Mission Statement – To be the leading prime label supplier to the consumer goods marketplace by offering a comprehensive and innovative suite of label solutions to consistently meet our customers’ dynamic packaging needs and business objectives while providing our associates opportunities to enrich themselves and their careers.

Our Commitment

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.


Our 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

2021 Fort Dearborn acquires Hammer Packaging Corporation, a leading supplier of cut & stack, pressure sensitive, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels and flexible packaging.For more information, visit: www.hammerpackaging.com.
2019 Fort Dearborn acquires Walle Corporation, a leading supplier of cut & stack, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels.
2018 Fort Dearborn acquires NCL Graphic Specialties, Inc, a supplier of cut & stack labels, promotional printing and flexible packaging. For more information, visit: www.nclgs.com.
2016 Advent International becomes Fort Dearborn’s largest investor.

Fort Dearborn acquires SleeveCo, a leading supplier of shrink and stretch sleeve labels. Moving forward, SleeveCo will become SleeveCo, a Fort Dearborn Company. For more information, visit: www.sleeveco.com.

2015 Fort Dearborn acquires Core Label, a leading supplier of roll-fed labels to the beverage market. Moving forward, Core Label will become Core Label, a Fort Dearborn Company.
2013 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.
2010 KRG Capital Partners becomes Fort Dearborn’s largest investor.
2007 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.
2006 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.
2005 Fort Dearborn begins evolving from a small, family run organization to a larger, professionally managed organization with several key positions appointed with industry talent.
2002 Fort Dearborn acquires Coastal Sleeve Label, a progressive producer of shrink sleeve labels for the food, beverage and consumer product industries.
1998 Fort Dearborn introduces the HiColour printing process to the label industry, which expands the color gamut by eliminating the need for spot colors.
1995 Digital printing capabilities are added at Fort Dearborn in response to customer needs for shorter run size projects and prototyping.
1980 Fort Dearborn focuses on label converting.
1960s Fort Dearborn continues to grow as Nick’s sons, Tom, Jerry and Richard, all join the company.
1942 The US Government asks Fort Dearborn to print top-secret, strategic topographic maps for the War Department, garnering many commendations for this effort.
1930s Fort Dearborn begins carving a niche in label production for food and beverage products.
1925 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.