While some printers rely on basic conventional print jobs, others set themselves apart by answering the daily challenges put forth by their design and brand customers and rewarding them with high quality award-winning projects. Crossmark Graphics, a 60-employee, woman-owned firm, which provides printing on plastics, packaging, point-of-purchase, lenticular and direct mail, in addition to a range of commercial work, falls into the latter category. This WI-based firm, founded by Jim Dobrzynski Sr in 1987, prides itself on becoming a trusted partner—not simply a supplier—to customers in the pharmaceutical, retail, automotive and technology markets. It has found tremendous growth opportunities with this business model leading to a record 2017 sales year and seeking to surpass that number in 2018.
“Our goal is to make magic on paper or whatever unique substrate we’re using,” says Jim Dobrzynski Sr. “Every day, we’re faced with new challenging jobs that utilize different techniques. It’s our mandate to use individually adapted processes for whatever we’re producing: lenticular greeting cards, promotional giveaways, or food packaging. Our success is based on being a solution-oriented customer-centric business.”
Having just marked its 30 year anniversary, Crossmark is celebrating a record-setting 2017, posting a sales increase of 25%. Orders are flowing into the business this year at a fast rate and sales, says Dobrzynski, could easily surpass last year’s high mark. To keep up with this sales explosion, the industry-leading firm is supporting its exceptional growth with the additional firepower of a new Koenig & Bauer press to its 65,000 sq ft facility, which was installed in late summer.
“Eighteen months ago, we installed our first Koenig & Bauer Rapida press, renowned for many industry-leading technologies for automation, quality and speed, and being able to handle paper, plastic film substrates and board up to 40 point,” says Dobrzynski. “It’s become our workhorse running two shifts a day Monday through Thursday and one shift on Friday. To keep up with our extraordinary demand, we signed a new contract for a second Rapida 106 41-inch six-color press to run in tandem with our existing Koenig & Bauer. It couldn’t get here fast enough. Why did we choose Koenig & Bauer once again? Because our existing Rapida 106 is more than 20% more productive than the non-Koenig & Bauer press that we’re removing from our facility and that press is less than five years old. Plus, our customers actually ask to have their jobs printed on the Rapida 106 due to its exceptional high quality.”
To squeeze even more efficiency from its workflow, Crossmark is taking advantage of Koenig & Bauer’s innovative technology and incorporating its DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, and fully automated plate changing system on the incoming Rapida 106 press. This system will boost production at Crossmark, making it even more efficient and profitable, as well as furthering faster turnaround, and increasing output. Ultrafast makeready will be enjoyed due to simultaneous plate changing, and inline color measurements and fully automated register will safeguard quality, and maximum production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour will be accomplished.
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