Our Company

Excellence in Product
Labels and Packaging
Since 1925

Nearly a century in the making, Fort Dearborn continually aims to be the leading national supplier of custom labels and packaging solutions for the consumer goods marketplace.

It’s our mission to offer a comprehensive and innovative suite of label and packaging solutions that consistently meets our customers’ dynamic packaging needs. As a company, we prioritize community and diversity and provide personal and professional enrichment opportunities for employees.

Our Commitment

We are committed to being the premier label printing company by providing our customers with the best value, service, and quality attainable.

We deliver flexible packaging and product label solutions that meet customers’ needs and exceed their expectations. 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.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our company is thankful to welcome applicants and associates that represent every aspect of diverse backgrounds in the communities in which we do business. In addition, Fort Dearborn takes very seriously our obligation to provide a working environment that allows every associate to work in an environment where their differences are celebrated.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mission Statement

We are a team of individuals who each bring our own spirit and experiences. While we are focused on producing the best labels for our customers, we will never forget that our differences, as well as our similarities, are what make us great, Everyone deserves the same opportunity to succeed and Fort Dearborn relishes the chance to be a part of each person's journey.

Our Core Values

Fort Dearborn strives to form lasting relationships with customers, maintain sustainable growth as a business, and create a performance-driven culture as a workplace.

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Understand our customers’ needs and business challenges in order to support their growth

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

Reward associates that drive results and continual improvement

Customer
Intimacy

Financial
Discipline

Performance
Driven

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Customer
Intimacy

Understand our customers’ needs and business challenges in order to support their growth

Performance
Driven

Reward associates that drive results and continual improvement

Financial
Discipline

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

Important Dates

It all began in 1925

Nick Adler Jr. funded Fort Dearborn Company in 1925 with his $6,000 life savings and a matching loan from his father.

1930s

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

1942

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

1960s

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

1980

Fort Dearborn focuses on label converting.

1995

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

1998

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

2002

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

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.

2006

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

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.

2010

KRG Capital Partners becomes Fort Dearborn’s largest investor.

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.

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.

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.

2018

Fort Dearborn acquires NCL Graphic Specialties, Inc, a supplier of cut & stack labels, promotional printing and flexible packaging.

2019

Fort Dearborn acquires Walle Corporation, a leading supplier of cut & stack, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels.

2021

Fort Dearborn acquires Hammer Packaging, a leading supplier of cut & stack, in-mold, pressure sensitive, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels.