Bergin Glass
4.9 stars - based on 18 reviews
451 Technology Way Napa, CA 94558
(707) 224-0111 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 4:30pm Categories: Screen Printing , Bottle Etching Price Range: $$

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the difference between etching and screen printing?

Etching is the process of hand engraving or carving glass via sandblasting, followed by hand painting. Screen printing requires specialty print machines specifically designed to handle bottles. When screen printing, thermal-plastic inks are applied via squeegee and screens before being fired in a high temperature Lehr for at least 2-3 hours to permanently fuse paint to the glass.

Do you only screen print and etch labels on wine bottles?

No, we also work on glass containers for beer and spirits, gourmet food products, olive oil, cannabis, and water bottles.

What is your lead time?

In both screen printing and etching, a typical lead time is 3-4 months (from initial contact). Our process starts with artwork development, followed by pre-production sampling through complete production run. This timeline can fluctuate based on overall quantity of bottles and/or complexity of a project.

Do you have required minimums?

Screen print: 250 (12 pack) cases for 200ml – 750ml in size, single varietal. Screen printed large formats (1.5L and 3L): for large formats we reference bottles instead of cases when determining quantities. We require a minimum of 120 bottles for 1.5Ls and 3Ls. Please be aware that the number of colors allowed could change our minimum requirements. Etching: we have no minimums in custom etching. Dressing: we have no minimums required for dressing and fulfillment.

Will you screen print less than stated minimums?

Yes, but ONLY in the months of September and October.

Can we tour the facility?

Yes! We would love to have you in. Appointments are required. You can tour both screen printing and etching, as well as our showroom.

Are you a bonded facility?

No, but we can receive full shiners Tax Paid.

Can you recycle screen printed and etched bottles?

Screen printed bottles are 100% recyclable. The paint gets melted down with and into the glass when being repurposed. Etched bottles are 100% recyclable after the paint has been removed which can very easily be stripped off the bottle with water and pressure. Screen printed and etched bottles are also perfect for upcycling; you can repurpose them for candles, water bottles or vases. We have even seen them turned into chandeliers!

What is your approach to sustainability?

We partner with vendors who participate in sustainable practices to ensure we are actively mindful of our carbon footprint as a company. The minimal waste generated by our production operation is almost 100% recyclable. We recycle pallet wrap, damaged boxes, and glass containers, as well as recycle or reuse wooden pallets. If we experience a quality control issue (misprint), paint is hand scraped from the un-fired ware and re-printed. In the rare case of a misprinted run that has already gone through the Lehr, the entirety of the product, glass, & cardboard case, is recycled.

What CAN you screen print?

GLASS bottles and other cylindrical glass vessels typically intended to contain liquid.

What CAN’T you screen print?

Apparel, decanters, metal, plastic, wood, wine stems, and glassware.
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Want to learn how screen printing and etching can increase the value of your brand? Meet us at the WIN Expo - Booth #450 - on Thursday, December 1st at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds! We are beyond excited to showcase the latest packaging solutions that have proven to not only elevate our clients’ branding but also increase their sales.

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Careers

Machine Operator

Position Overview

Bergin Screen Printing & Etching (BSPE) has been servicing the wine industry with alternative bottle labeling for over 30 years. We are looking for motivated machine operators willing to learn our trade and join our growing screen printing department. BSPE moved into a new 82,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art production plant with automated bottle handling machinery in January of 2018. Screen print machines and high-heat furnaces are used to print and fire label decoration on wine bottles. Our equipment is continuously maintained to keep everything running at peak conditions. Operators will receive a special opportunity for training by supervisors with decades of experience. The equipment is mechanical and electronic with a new, full CNC, decorating machine. This is a skilled position for people who have a knack for working on machinery and an eye for detail

Job Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED. Additional technical training, trade school, or certifications desired.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working with machinery in a production environment. Bottling line or bottle handling equipment experience is a bonus.
  • Proficiency with mechanics.
  • Desire to learn new disciplines and ask questions as needed.
  • Ability to understand and follow written instructions.
  • Ability to complete handwritten production reports.
  • Basic mathematics with an understanding of standard and metric measurements.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Bilingual Spanish desired but not required.
  • Some supervisory skills are a plus.
  • Forklift experience is desired but not required.

Responsibilities

  • Operation and set up of machinery
  • Understanding workflow in all areas of production
  • Monitoring print machines while in production, maintaining proper temperature and sufficient paint to keep machines in operation.
  • Quality control throughout the printing process
  • Troubleshooting screen, squeegee, and machine setups to keep print to optimum quality.
  • Set-up and adjustment of handling equipment that conveys bottles to furnaces
  • Monitoring furnaces to make sure temperatures are within specifications.
  • Completing work orders and production tracker paperwork with necessary information

Training

Operators-in-training are expected to learn all aspects of production flow. A variety of printing machines, ranging from manual to semi-automated and fully automated, require varying skill levels for set-up. Operators will be trained by accomplished supervisors with decades of experience. All training is on-the-job. Advancement is solely based on the operator’s performance. Wage increases depend on the employee’s precision, speed, and skill level.

Physical Requirements

  • Operators can spend most of their day on their feet.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. continuously.

Job Type

Full-time

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