Company History

After his service in World War II as a Merchant Marine, Harold Sidrane arrived back in New York and needed to figure out a path for his career. A trained engineer, he eventually decided to build his own converting press from his New York City apartment. Built in 1948, this press was one of the first machines to comprise what would eventually become the United States’ expansive printing and converting industry.

In the 1950’s, with the help of his wife Katherine, Harold turned his machine into a full-fledged manufacturing business and K. Sidrane, Inc. was born. Their son, Neil, current owner and CEO, began working with the company in the 1970’s. With more than 40 years of industry experience to his name, he has become a field expert in his own right.

old K. Sidrane building
Watercolor painting of the original plant done by in-house artist Bill Mueller.
antique label machine
The Sidrane family with the press that started it all in 1948.

K. Sidrane was located in Freeport for more than 60 years, right up until Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. In just a couple of hours, the most destructive storm to ever land in the northeast turned decades of hard work into puddles of mud and debris. The devastating losses forced the company to reevaluate its home near the water, and eventually make the tough choice to relocate inland to Farmingdale, NY.

They Built An Industry book
Company founder Harold Sidrane is featured in the book They Built An Industry for his contributions in the early days of the converting industry.

We are however, happy to say that we opened the doors to our current state-of-the-art facility in Farmingdale in 2014 and haven’t looked back. With double the amount of space and pristine working conditions, we have had room to grow and invest in the latest equipment and technology to best benefit our customers.

Today, the third generation of leadership is working to expand K. Sidrane in its own right. Neil’s children Arielle, Zachary and Adam have all joined the team in recent years to bring a fresh perspective to the business. The goal of the third generation of company leadership is to honor and expand upon the legacy of their grandfather and father for many years to come.