Mid Island Bindery — Bucking Bindery Trends

Bob Geier (left) and Bob Russo, partner/co-owners of Mid Island Bindery, show off their new Kolbus perfect binder, which is capable of top speeds up to 15,000 books per hour.

WHAT IS this strange-looking thing? Bob Geier wondered aloud, when a customer stopped by (circa 1987) and handed him a small, round piece of plastic. “I’d never seen anything like it before,” recalls Geier, owner of Farmingdale, NY-based Mid Island Bindery. “The customer said it was a compact disc, and that it was going to be huge someday.

“That was a milestone year for us,” Geier notes. “We worked hard with our customer to produce the books that accompanied every compact disc at greater speeds then they were currently being produced and hold all the specifications required by the final assembler.”

Mid Island produced sleeves and books for compact discs until 2004, when the client closed its New York plant. But in 2005, an opportunity arose with another existing customer, Coral Graphics, that wanted to expand into the printing of books and packaging for the multimedia market in Louisville, KY.

Into the Niche

“Aware that we had almost 20 years of experience in this area, they asked if we would be interested in developing a close working relationship in this venture,” Geier explains. “We agreed, and with Coral Graphics putting together a state-of-the-art printing facility and Mid Island creating Next-Tek Finishing, a state-of-the-art finishing plant, we were able to meet the critical demands of this industry.”

Suddenly, Mid Island Bindery had grown into a two-facility, two-state operation. When many trade binderies across the nation were closing their doors, Mid Island’s reputation of meeting customer’s needs had enabled its growth as one of the most modern, high-tech facilities in Louisville and one of the last true trade commercial finishers in New York.

Next-Tek has become a relied on finisher for the multimedia printing companies located in the Louisville area, Geier asserts. When the facility opened in 2005, there were 15 employees. Today, there are 80.

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