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About Spectra-Kote®

Company History

Spectra-Kote® has been operating out of its historic Gettysburg location since 1958. Initially founded as a value added coater for the brown box segment, the company has evolved into the premiere supplier of coatings and coated board, color and functional grades, to converters across North America.

In 1998 the company came under new ownership marking a decided shift in vision for the company. With over 50 years of internal coatings development technology, management made the necessary shift to begin offering Spectra-Kote’s innovative blends to the industry at large.

By fusing our unique knowledge of coating blend technology and our extensive experience in their application, we can offer any segment of the paper industry a solution to their coating needs regardless of the application. Through this innovative lens we are seeking to lead the box industry in new directions, very much in the spirit of our revolutionary forefathers.

Vision Statement

“To be the world’s leading solution provider to the coatings industry.”

Spectra-Kote® prides itself not only in our innovative spirit, but also in our desire to connect all segments of the paper packaging consumer stream to achieve common packaging goals. We are committed to working with the producers, shippers and consumers of our products to ensure they are receiving exactly what they are looking for.

This spirit of innovation and commitment is inextricable linked to our dedication to community, high environmental standards and the fulfillment of our corporate vision.

Technical Capabilities

Spectra-Kote® maintains a full service testing facility with a full-time research staff. The laboratory serves as our platform for product development as well as ensuring all products produced meet our customers’ specifications.

Trademarks

Below are a list of Trademarks are owned by The Spectra-Kote® Corporation.

Spectra-Guard™ and Sustaina-Guard™ – Performance Coatings

Spectra-Shield™ and Sustaina-Shield™ – Performance Coated Grades

Spectra-Release™ – Performance Coatings

WAM™ – Wax Alternative Materials

Spectra-Print™ – Flexo-Gravure Inks and OPV

Spectra-Kote™ – Mineral Based Coatings

Meet the Team

ZACHARY ECKERT

President
Office: 713.942.2336
Cell: 240.344.0068
zeckert@spectra-kote.com

SHARON BILLMAN

Accounting Manager
Office: 717.334.3177 x 105
sbillman@spectra-kote.com

STEFAN RICHWINE

Technical Director
Office: 717.334.3177 x 110
srichwine@spectra-kote.com

KATHY SMITH

Customer Service Manager
Office: 717.334.3177 x 101
ksmith@spectra-kote.com

ERIC BAKER

Plant Manager
Office: 717.334.3177 x 106
ebaker@spectra-kote.com

CALEB SLOAN

Purchasing & Logistics Manager
Office:  800.241.4626 x 197
caleb.sloan@spectra-kote.com

USDA and FDA Compliance

Under the following United States Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration Requirements in the Federal Regulations book number twenty-one (21) as printed by the National Archives of the United States, the Spectra Guard® series of coatings meet or exceed the standards set by the following sections:

175.105 – Adhesives
This product is cleared for use in accordance with this section.

175.300 – Resinous and polymeric coatings
This product is cleared for use in the accordance with this section.

175.320 – Resinous and polymeric coatings for polyolefin films
This product is cleared for use in the accordance with this section.

176.170 – Components of paper and paperboard in contact with aqueous and fatty foods
For use in contact with aqueous or fatty foods in accordance with this section including elevated temperatures applicable for baking in microwaves and convention ovens.

176.180 – Components of paper and paperboard in contact with dry food
This product is cleared for use in the accordance with this section, including elevated temperatures applicable for baking in microwaves and convention ovens.

(All section numbers are listed without exceptions, therein, or without qualification)

European BfR/BGV Compliance

Spectra-Guard® series of coatings also comply with the European BfR/BGV XIV, BfR/BGV XL and BfR/BGV XXX VI regarding contact with aqueous and fatty foods.

Canadian Compliance

The compliance further extends through all Canadian Health & Welfare regulations with a q5 category or packaging materials as designated by the food inspection directorate.

California Proposition 65

Spectra-Kote® Corporation guarantees that none of the products used or produced contain in any concentration any of the chemicals listed by the State of California in its most recent version. The list of which is represented as Proposition 65.

This applies to all trade names used in the paper industry including Spectra-Shield™, Spectra-Guard®, Spectra-Release™, Sustaina-Guard™, Bake-Kote™, Sustaina-Kote™ and WAM™.

Heavy Metal Toxics Legislation

Spectra-Kote® Corporation certifies that none of the products used or produced contain any intentionally added lead, mercury, cadmium, or hexavalent chromium. In addition, the total quantities of these metals do not exceed the standard set for the following regulatory requirements:

  • CONEG
  • EU Directive 94/62/EC
  • Reduction of Toxics in Packaging
  • ASTM963 Toy Standard

This applies to all trade names used in the paper industry including Spectra-Shield™, Spectra-Guard®, Spectra-Release™, Sustaina-Guard™, Bake-Kote™, Sustaina-Kote™ and WAM™.

Rabbinic Certification

Spectra-Guard™ Series Chemicals and Coatings comply with the USDA and FDA for packaging of meats and all other foodstuffs. The aforementioned Chemicals and Coatings menufactured by Spectra-Kote® Corporation do not contain any animal derived materials. Nor does the formula contain any oils or fats extracted from animal products or ingredients that are transformed or reclassified under different identifications to mislead the producter, Spectra-Kote® Corporation, or its customers.

Allergen Free Certification

Spectra-Kote® Corporation certifies that the Spectra-Guard Series coatings do not contain any of the known allergens listed below, as it applies to the medical community or to the consumer community.

Natural Latex Rubber Peanuts or Peanut Oil
Milk Eggs
Wheat Soy
Fish Shellfish
Sulfites Food Colors (Red 2G and Yellow No. 5)
Celery Seeds
Mustard