Bramkamp Printing : Building a Graphic VillageApril 2010 By Julie Greenbaum
SINCE its outset in 1921, Bramkamp Printing has established itself as a leading, full-service printer serving the Greater Cincinnati area. Upon taking over the helm of Bramkamp, both Larry Kuhlman, president, and Kevin Murray, vice president and CFO, have made it their mission to continually invest in the shop's long-term growth and expansion of value-added services.
Outgrowing its downtown Cincinnati location in 2001, the company relocated to a 20,000-square-foot building, allowing it to add a six-color, 29˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 perfector with coater and expand its prepress and digital printing capabilities.
In 2007, the company moved to its current location in Blue Ash, OH, where it now occupies 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 100,000 additional square feet of space is available in the building to provide Kuhlman and Bramkamp with the means to turn the vision of a network of graphic arts companies—housed together under one roof—into a reality.
Last July, Bramkamp established partnerships with several companies to form the Graphic Village. Those businesses include: DocuPros Digital Printing, Premier Mail and Fulfillment, Everything's Image (silkscreening and embroidery) and Quality Custom Binders (vinyl binders and related products). Each company operates independently, but can work in tandem to offer customers a wider range of products and integrated marketing services.
Well Rounded Portfolio
Some of the combined marketing and print solutions include: graphic design; electronic prepress; commercial offset; wide-format and digital printing (including personalization); a complete bindery; mailing, kitting and fulfillment; specialty finishing; custom presentation products; silkscreened and embroidered apparel; and promotional products. Verticals served include construction, banking, insurance, hospital, education, non-profit and consumer goods markets.
The Graphic Village concept has generated a greater interest among Bramkamp's clients and has also increased traffic and crossover business from the collective customer bases of its members.
"Our facility has more than 100,000 square feet available that can be filled with other graphic partners who share the common goal of providing a graphic arts network in one location," notes Kuhlman. "Clients like the seamless coordination that the Graphic Village offers for all of their graphic marketing materials, and have even compared it to a food court in the mall."
In the past year, Bramkamp has made investments throughout its operation, including a Xerox DocuColor 5000 digital press, an upgrade to its Agfa ApogeeX workflow platform and a new Agfa Accento thermal platesetter. The printer also installed Heidelberg's Prepress Interface for better color control and faster makereadies on its Speedmaster 74.