Merrick Makes a Connection With Digital Printing

Bell South normally requires two to three months to bury that much cable. Merrick didn’t have two to three months. DPI’s new facility was scheduled to begin production in a month, so Merrick needed the line laid in four weeks.

“We could not afford to go live with a T-1 connection,” says Matt Merrick, vice president of information and technology.

By working out a four-year agreement with Bell South worth $100,000, Merrick got the cable buried in time. “We put them under the gun, and they came through,” Matt adds. “We really needed that access.”

During the DPI expansion, Merrick also invested in its main facility, spending $500,000 on a Muller Martini saddle stitcher and $2 million on a six-color KBA-Planeta Rapida. The Rapida is Merrick’s third six-color press and ninth press overall.

Counting the DPI expansion and the recent equipment installations, Merrick has invested more than $6 million in the past 24 months. This has enhanced the company’s overall capacity, allowing it to meet even more conventional and digital printing needs. And with the installation of the NMLI, Merrick Printing and DPI can work together to turn jobs around more quickly.

“Whether our customers have conventional ink-based print jobs or on-demand toner-based projects, or a combination of the two, our account and production staff can seamlessly—and even more quickly—handle the full scope of a project to the customer’s satisfaction,” David says.

By Jerry Janda

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