Expressway Samples continues to grow with 7 facilities
Expressway Samples has completed the purchase of Calhoun GA based “The Sample Barn,” a 30-year-old product swatching company serving the flooring industry. This brings Expressway Samples up to 7 facilities and greatly expands our capacity. The Sample Barn has been a trusted and well respected producer with high quality swatching of Carpet and LVT flooring. This comes on the heels of Expressway’s 6th acquisition late last year of Rainbow Samples, another high-end commercial flooring swatching specialist.
Each acquisition has been focused on long standing respected quality swatching companies dedicated to great service. We are picking up more than just great equipment set-ups for better throughput, we are gaining an incredible team of long term staff who care about quality. Looking back at the 9 months of the Rainbow Samples purchase, it’s refreshing to see how the team quickly became part of our family. That’s what we don’t need to lose sight of because everyone desires to be recognized as an indispensable part of a unified working team. We definitely have been blessed to add these wonderful new teams to our existing staff. Welcome aboard Rainbow Samples and Sample Barn!
Expressway Samples is owned and operated by the Campbell Printing ownership. The synergies and partnerships afforded by this combined team is extremely advantageous for our customers. We employ over 250 people across all divisions and plant locations (310,000 sq feet). For 41 years both of these companies have had the drive for great quality and service this market expects.
Summer meeting takes place in Alabama and Georgia
The P3 members toured BPI Media Group in Boaz, Alabama and Campbell Printing in Dalton Georgia in June. The group spent 4 days learning and growing on various items throughout the industry. We’re proud to report that all 6 members reported a growth in sales in 2018. There are exciting opportunities taking place amongst the companies.
Perfect Binder Upgrade
BPI Media Group installed a Muller Martini Starplus Perfect Binder with PUR binding capabilities. PUR binding allows for a 50% stronger bound book while applying less glue than traditional binding. This provides a bind with no glue build up and a clean crisp spine on the book. With a production speed of 4000 books per hour and inline automated cutting and stacking, no job is to small or larger for this binder.
BPI Upgrades Facility
BPI Media Group just completed a 2400 square foot addition for shipping and fulfillment of a new product for a new customer. This space provides the opportunity to label containers and pack out contents without affecting existing production space. BPI will be producing upwards of 125,000 containers per month with potential growth of 400,000 containers per month within the coming year.
P3 Continues to Strengthen
P3 members met at Marshall and Bruce in Nashville, TN. Financials were reviewed and various topics were discussed within the industry. The 3 day meeting was productive for all members.
Caskey Group Purchases New Mail Tabbing Equipment
The KR545T mailing tabber tabs lead-edge, trail-edge and side edges all in a single pass to meet the USPS specifications for self-mailers and booklet tabbing regulations. It can also handle large 18″ diameter rolls and runs all major types of tabs as well as pressure sensitive stamps and labels of various shapes and sizes. Multiple tabs or labels can be applied in a single pass.
P3 Members Meet in Pennsylvania
P3 members met at the Caskey Group in York, PA for their Fall meeting. Highlights were touring the Harley Davidson plant and the York Container company.
Woolverton Adds to Product Line with Snap Cards
A new division was created at Woolverton called “Snap Cards”. The product line is a unique way to make your direct mailers stand out by a laminating process!
Campbell Printing wins 2017 Awards of Excellence
Campbell printing wins Best of Category in one the largest printing competitions in the nations – read more.
Hederman Brothers Featured in Printing Impressions Magazine
Hederman’s new location was featured in Printing Impressions May 2017 addition of their magazine. It is America’s most influential and widely read resource for the printing industry. You can read the full article here.
BPI Media Group Installs Fourth Printer
BPI Media Group installs fourth printer in their wide format department. The new HP 570 latex printer will add to the already existing line of wide format printers that include a HP 370 latex printer and two Agfa Annapurna UV flatbed machines. Along with two router/cutters, we can handle all your POP and signage needs.
Caskey Group installs new Digital Press
Caskey group installed a new Oce Varioprint 135 black and white digital press. The press redefines excellence in black and white printing with high quality images on a wide range of media. The press will help cut cost, reduce the environmental footprint, and expand business opportunities with production printing.
Print P3 Meets in Mississippi
The P3 members met at Hederman Brothers in Mississippi. The communications were excellent throughout the 3 day workshop. One of the highlights was touring the Lucky Town Brewery company in Jackson.
Print P3 meets in North Carolina
The P3 members met in Charlotte, NC for the first time in 2017. They toured the Shutterfly plant in South Carolina and listened to Mark Potter give an inspiration speech on how the printing industry is evolving. The group plans to meet again at Hederman Brothers in Mississippi in June.
PrintSouth Man of the Year
Chip Smith, from Marshall and Bruce was voted the Man of the Year for PrintSouth. Congratulations to Chip for this wonderful accomplishment.
BPI Media Group Upgrades to a Heidelberg Versafire Digital Press
With digital becoming a growth area and being driven by online storefronts, BPI Media Group upgraded to a Heidelberg Versafire digital press. With sheet size up to 13 x 27.5 and inline stitching, this machine will be a workhorse for our digital customers. Accompanying the new press is a Duplo 646 scoring/creasing/slitting machine to finish most of the projects produced on the Versafire and a Xante color envelope press.
Print P3 Peer Group Continues to Grow
It’s no Voodoo that the P3 Peer Group continue to grow as a unit! The members spent 3 days at Woolverton in Cedar Falls, Iowa discussing new technologies within the industry. The members discussed current healthcare plans and overall cost within the industry. There were many similarities taking place within the companies throughout the US.
BPI Media Group Installs EPMS Management System
With technology becoming a growing asset to increase production with automation and decreasing speed time to market, BPI Media Group installed EPMS management system that will allow for seamless integration with other software tools like Prinergy (workflow) and Pageflex (storefronts). Our customers should see a significate reduction in turn times and accuracy on projects that are produced in all our departments (offset, digital and wide format).
Print P3 meets in Orlando
The members of P3 met in Orlando in February. They toured Creative Press while they were together and met with IPW to discuss possible cost savings within the industry. Topics of discussions were highlighted with new buildings for production to new equipment decisions. The next meeting will be held at Woolverton in Iowa.
Campbell Printing Adds Automatic Labeling
Campbell Printing in Dalton, Georgia ended 2015 by adding automatic labeling to the Plant #2 Expressway.
Tim Campbell from Campbell Printing experiments with the new virtual reality technology. The print production peers discussed how virtual realities could benefit the client base at the recent peer group meeting.
P3 meets in Tennessee
The P3 members met in Chattanooga, Tennessee in October 2015. The members had a 4 day meeting traveling to BPI Media Group in Boaz, Alabama and Campbell Printing, in Dalton, GA. Plant tours provided plenty of conversations on work flows and current equipment options.
Caskey Group installs UV LED offset technology
Caskey Group purchased a new Ryobi UV LED 525. The new press will create a bridge for production between digital and offset technology. This purchase will allow the P3 members to be positioned to offer clients new and innovative print applications at a lower cost while reducing energy consumption. You can view more at www.caskeygroup.com/new-press.
Campbell Printing’s new EcoSystem Laminator makes print “POP!”
Campbell Printing Company has recently expanded its finishing department capabilities with the addition of EcoSystem’s Sherman model 110 laminator. This super high-speed thermal film laminating machine has a maximum sheet size of 43” x 56” and allows for three lines of production. Matte, gloss, scuff-free matte, and superstick film laminate options give a beautiful protective finish to the final product. A UV spot screen print can be added on top of the film to create additional interesting effects. When your project requires the printed ink to really “POP” and stand out, film laminate is a great option.
Woolverton Brings New Capability to P3
Woolverton continues to reinforce its corporate motto “Discover | Printing | Innovation” with the recent acquisition of a RYOBI MHI 925P LED-UV press. This full-featured, eight-up perfecting press has the capability to produce 16-page signatures that are instantly cured on all substrates, including plastics. Installation of the RYOBI press is scheduled for April 1, 2015.
This innovative LED-UV technology is yet another key element in Woolverton CEO John Lynch’s speed-to-market strategy. Leveraging the capability of the RYOBI MHI 925, Woolverton is poised to continue its phenomenal growth by keeping pace with customer demand.
Caskey Group Improves Mail Tracking with Proprietary Application
Have you ever sent a mailing and wondered when it arrived at the customer’s address? There are tools available to get those answers, but Caskey Group believed there had to be a less expensive, more thorough, and easier-for-our-clients-to-use solution.
Caskey Group has developed its own proprietary tracking application that allows clients to follow their bulk mailings through the postal process by customer name. Details include:
- Which pieces of mail were scanned at each U.S. Postal Service facility
- The number of days it took for mail to be delivered
- Exactly which addressee’s mail was delivered or not
Other IMb Track benefits include:
- Checking mail status 24/7 via secure web access
- Receiving automated emails each time the mail status is updated
- Viewing a personal dashboard providing unique measurability functions, including graphs and charts
- Increasing confidence in the direct mail process by knowing WHEN your mail is delivered
- Reducing tracking costs
Campbell Printing Company Upgrades Workflow System
Georgia-based Campbell Printing Company has invested in a new Fuji XMF workflow system. XMF is the revolutionary new print workflow solution from Fujifilm. It integrates the latest Adobe technology APPE (Adobe PDF Print Engine) and is JDF-compliant (the industry standard designed to simplify information exchange between different applications and systems in the graphic arts industry).
Campbell’s new workflow system provides intelligent automation, flow and color control, and flexibility during the offset press imposition and plating process.
Pennsylvania-based Caskey Group installed a new MCS Mail Processor in October. In addition to the high-quality ink jet heads and infra-red dryer, the new equipment will increase mail department production speeds.
Caskey Group processes more than 9 million pieces of mail annually.
BPI Media Group Invests in State-of-Art Folder
While BPI has always offered in-house folding solutions for its printed products, the Stahl BH82 brings its production process to a new level. The BH82’s advanced user display and precision capabilities make folding an art.
Stahl is a product of Heidelberg.
P3 Meets in Nashville
P3 held its quarterly meeting at Marshall & Bruce Company (M&B) in Nashville TN.
In addition to enjoying owner Chip Smith’s southern hospitality, the P3 group had the opportunity to explore M&B’s packaging capabilities and other expertise.
Smith brought in Middle State Tennessee University professor Ralph Williams. Professor Williams has done extensive research on the Subject Matter Expert (SME) success factors in the printing industry. The P3 team was challenged and enlightened during Professor Williams’ workshop.
Marshall & Bruce Company is a 150-year-old printing company that specializes in packaging and package-related products.
For more than a dozen years, a small group of printing company owners communicated multiple times a week and met quarterly. They asked questions, sought each other’s counsel, shared successes and new technology, and encouraged each other. They helped each other build stronger companies. They were called the PEN PEER GROUP.
During the May 2014 quarterly meeting, the seven business owners saw the combined power of their companies. By allowing each individual company to offer all of the resources of all seven companies, they could provide a broader range of services, capabilities and geography for their individual clients. P3 (PRINT PRODUCTION PEERS) was born.
P3 is a consortium of seven individual printing and communications companies. All companies are commercial printers, but now the value-added services of one are the value-added services of all. A few examples include:
- BPI Media Group’s 54” wide-format press
- Campbell PrintingCompany’s binder and sample book expertise
- Caskey Group’s marketing and signage services
- Hederman Brothers’ integrated communications experience
- Marshall & Bruce Company’s packaging services
- Woolverton’s expertise in niche categories
P3 is more than a name change. P3 is the “power of seven” to provide YOU with the best communications services from the best printing and communications companies in the U.S.