Baker Titan Adhesives makes specialized glues used in products ranging from tissues and towels to all sorts of packaging—and the company is doing quite well. In fact, since a 2009 acquisition brought two older firms together to create the current company, Baker Titan has grown from eight employees to 22.
One key to their success is a great deal of specialized expertise. Together, the partners in the firm boast more than 60 years in the industry. They not only make a range of products but also develop custom formulations for special needs, says Bill Zelman, a principal.
Baker Titan’s location in Paterson has also proven advantageous, he says—particularly for transportation. “Most of our customers are located within about 100 miles,” Zelman explains, “and most of our products are delivered by truck. It would be hard to think of a place you could put a business that would have better access to major highways.”
The company occupies a 40,000-square-foot facility within the city’s Urban Enterprise Zone—another advantage. Being located within the UEZ means that a business and its customers both enjoy a 50 percent reduction in state sales tax on nearly every sale or purchase. In addition, Zelman says, the UEZ has helped Baker Titan secure loans on favorable terms—capital that it is hoped will help fuel the adhesive maker’s further growth.