The Right Man for the Job
Printing Express operator checks on the specs of a job being run on a six-station Bell + Howell Pinnacle mail inserting machine.
Pictured, is just one of Printing Express' two 28" Komori Lithrone sheetfed offset presses installed by the shop in a span of 18 months.
Up to Challenge
“I had a fascination with the free market, along with what I thought was my ability to build business relationships,” he says. “I was quite accomplished in sales and cocky enough to believe I could do much better than most people. I absolutely love the opportunity to operate in a country that avails itself to people, like me, who take a chance, work hard and receive a reward for their efforts. That motivates me every day I come into work.”
Meredith likely harbored a few regrets himself during the first six months of operation. He didn’t have Internet connectivity and had just one person to operate the firm’s lone press, an ABDick 9810. His other employee was a waitress who wanted to try her hand at customer service.
“I found myself buried,” he recalls. “I’d be answering the phone while pasting up a layout on the light table, folding on a Baum 714 tabletop, cutting on a small electric cutter, then trying to squeeze in a delivery here and there.”
Humble beginnings, to be sure, and it’s difficult to believe that Meredith has been at the helm for just 10 years, yet his company has experienced incredible growth. The company now employs 24 people and sales, which stood at roughly $300,000 in 2002, registered nearly $4 million in 2011. The company is on target to post revenues of $6 million to $7 million this year.
The Printing Express was holed up in just 2,000 square feet of space in 2002 and now occupies a 48,000-square-foot facility. The company installed a pair of 28˝ Komori Lithrones—five- and six-color sheetfed machines—in an 18-month span. A reconditioned, half-size, eight-color Didde 860 web press just came online, and The Printing Express recently invested in EFI Pace print management software.