Taking Change to the Edge
MILFORD, OH—About two years ago, Robert Wickens and George Lajti came up with a plan.
The president and CEO, respectively, of then-Cincinnati-based Edge Graphics wanted to accomplish three things: one, find a site for a new, bigger facility with ample room for growth; two, embark on a $5 million equipment expansion project; and three, convert to a fully digital workflow. Two years later: mission accomplished.
In an ambitious undertaking, Edge Graphics—which specializes in high-end commercial work—accomplished all three items on its agenda, with a little time to spare. According to Wickens, Milford—a Cincinnati suburb that won out over several sites in the Queen City and northern Kentucky area—was chosen in January of 2000.
The purchase was completed in March, construction began in April and was finished by early November. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by state and local officials, was held in mid-December to officially launch the $2 million facility. It has been termed the largest sheetfed printing company expansion in Greater Cincinnati's history.
All the while the new facility was taking shape, Edge Graphics had other matters to contend with, particularly the acquisition and full conversion to a CTP environment. Within 90 days, the company had completely rid itself of cameras and film. Also in the meantime, two new 40˝ presses, along with an inserter/stitcher/trimmer were installed. All the new equipment bears the Heidelberg name, as does all the other equipment at Edge Graphics.
When Edge Graphics commits itself to something, 100 percent seems to be the reoccurring theme.
"To service our customers and stay at the edge, so to speak, we needed to go CTP and we needed the large-format presses," states Wickens. "Plus, our old facility in Cincinnati was 24,000 square feet, and we didn't have enough room to add anything."
The new facility is just under 40,000 square feet and is situated on 91⁄2 acres of property, leaving ample room for expansion. That shouldn't be a problem for the 103-year-old company, which has grown nearly four-fold in the last 10 years.