Marshall & Bruce Printing Rebounds After Devastating Flood

The river water from the devastating flood measured three feet in the pressroom at Marshall & Bruce Printing. (Double click to enlarge.)

After the flood water receded, the printer’s KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press needed to be cleaned and re-built

Lead pressman Chris Batey and the rest of Marshall & Bruce Printing’s employees worked hard to get the company running again after the flood.

KBA North America, a global press manufacturer based in Dallas, is pleased to announce that Marshall & Bruce Printing, a specialist in general commercial printing and packaging and fulfillment services, has rebounded from the 2010 spring floods in its headquarter location of Nashville and returned to full-service printing with the aid of KBA. The historic flood, which was the worst national natural disaster in 2010, nearly destroyed the firm’s KBA Rapida 105 41˝ seven-color press with digital CIP4 signal transmission and fiber optics. More than 13 inches of rain fell in two days in Nashville and central Tennessee in early May.

“A disaster of this kind is devastating for any business,” says Chip Smith, president of Marshall & Bruce Printing. “While the clean up, our customer’s work, all of our supplies and equipment, and insurance were very important, the most pressing problem was our Rapida 105. If we couldn’t repair or recondition the press, we didn’t have a business.

“KBA came to our aid and provided an incredible team of mechanics and electricians who stayed with us for seven weeks. They came into a very difficult situation, had great attitudes throughout the process, and saw the job through to completion. I am confident that we would not be back on our feet today without the concentrated focus and support from KBA.”

The 145-year-old printing firm sits across the street from the banks of the Cumberland River, which reached nearly 12 feet above flood stage and topped out at 51.9 feet before the waters began to finally recede. Hundreds of people were rescued from their homes by boat and canoe. Thousands of residents were displaced and hundreds of businesses were flooded, along with extensive damage to the Grand Old Opry, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Opryland Hotel. Marshall & Bruce was the only printing firm to be affected.

It all began the first weekend of May. After 12˝ to 17˝ of rain fell in a 36-hour period, Smith felt his company was safe. The rain had ended and the river waters had not crossed the road.

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