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Kern's Printing -- Boosting Book Production

May 2005
"Old-fashioned service, constant attention to detail and responsive communications go a long way towards getting customers and creating loyalty and long-term relationships," says John Kern, CEO of Kern's Printing. But continued success in this highly competitive printing business has always come down to two primary issues: "continually assessing the efficiency of our equipment and making sure we have good, experienced people to run that equipment proficiently."  

More than just words, the full-service, Long Island, NY-based printer has a consistent record for upgrading its capabilities as evidenced by the company's purchase last fall of a Vijuk 321-T saddlestitcher, available exclusively from Vijuk Equipment.

Standing by Kern Printing's new Vijuk 321-T saddlestitcher are, from left: John Welsh, bindery foreman; John Kern, president and owner; and Robert Ciccarelli, vice president of manufacturing.
The story of Kern's Printing begins in the early 1980s, immediately following John Kern's graduation from high school and during the period when he attended New York City Technical College (NYCTC). While learning about presswork, platemaking, stripping and color theory during the day, Kern spent his evenings working out of his parents' garage, where he had installed a Multilith 1250-W press, a camera and a plate burner.

By the time he had finished his studies at NYCTC, Kern had developed a solid reputation as a trade printer, and moved into a fully equipped, 2,000-square-foot printing shop in Valley Stream, NY. Continued business growth prompted Kern to move to even larger facilities in the following years, including the 1997 move to a 20,000-square-foot facility in East Farmingdale that the company's 20 employees now call home.

Today, Kern's Printing is recognized for providing a full scope of competitively priced, quality reproduction capabilities to select trade accounts and a rapidly expanding list of not-for-profit organizations, financial institutions and ad agencies. Additionally, the printer is often called upon by smaller-format printers in the local area that do not have 40˝ multicolor capabilities.

Digital Capabilities

Kern's prepress workflow is completely digital, including computer-to-plate capability and digital color proofing. Its press department features Heidelberg units from two-color, 20˝ presses up to six-color, plus coater, 40˝ presses. A key component of Kern's ability to supply customers with turnkey reproduction services is a fully equipped bindery department that offers everything from folding, diecutting and hand assembly, to saddlestitching for virtually any type of book production.

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