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Stage Gate Process

We utilize a Stage Gate process for potential new product developments.

The process includes a cross-functional innovation team with idea input from associates, suppliers and customers.

Brainstorming Sessions

Since successful innovation starts with the ideation phase of new product development, we offer brainstorming sessions for customers to generate ideas and share knowledge.

Supply Chain Partners

Working upstream with suppliers and other channel partners we proactively seek opportunities to participate in product development projects, new product launches, and beta testing for developmental substrates, inks, coatings and adhesives.

Fort Dearborn is a preferred beta testing site and new product development partners for our suppliers (and their suppliers). (Equipment OEMs, Container Manufacturers, Raw Material Suppliers, Prepress Suppliers)


Latest Product Innovations Include

Shrinkable Cut & Stack

Wraparound cut & stack label that can shrink up to 15%

High Tactile Pressure Sensitive

High build “domed” varnish for pressure sensitive labels

Peel-N-Reveal Label

2-Ply cut & stack label that offers additional label space

High Opacity Water-Based Inks

White ink approaching standard gravure levels

Wood Veneer Labels

Real wood substrate for pressure sensitive labels

Foam Labels

Insulating labels that keep product contents hot or cold

Glow-in-the-Dark Litho Ink

High brightness glow for cut & stack labels

44# Wet Strength Label


Downgauged material for wraparound labels

Dual Chamber Shrink Sleeve

Dual Chamber

Dual pocket sleeve for multi-packs and on-packs

White Shrink Sleeve Film

Naturally white providing opacity and light barrier

Cold Foil for Shrink Sleeves

High end foil finish

Screen Print For Shrink Sleeves

Provides a tactile feel and definition for text

Soft Touch Label


Coating provides a rich matter appearance

Thermochromatic Ink

Temperature changing ink that changes color for hot or cold applications

Innovation Label Options Kit: Request Your Copy