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THE C.J. KREHBIEL CO. -- Binding Matters

March 2001
When pondering what sets one commercial printer apart from the competition, the answer has to be unique capabilities. The C.J. Krehbiel Co. routinely delivers products and services that other printers cannot provide. For 128 years, the Cincinnati-based company has been partnering with clients to realize their printing goals.

From estimate to delivered products, prepress to bindery, C.J. Kreh-biel provides total in-house capabilities, saving customers time and money while producing high-quality products.

Complete in-house capabilities allow the 250-employee company to offer flexibility in printing clients' products. Their ability to print in a variety of web formats and signatures, and to produce a mix of color with black, ensures the uniqueness and success of each project. In addition to standard sizes, unique trim sizes increase the recognition of printed pieces while avoiding extra costs and turnaround time.

With annual sales of $36 million, textbooks and other children's books comprise roughly 50 percent of C.J. Krehbiel's revenues; the remainder is a mix of computer software manuals, catalogs, financial printing and specialty products. National clientele includes the likes of McGraw-Hill, Modern Publishing, Hungry Minds (IDG Books), American Greetings, Rand McNally, as well as the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds sports teams.

The company's in-house bindery is one of the largest in the Midwest, able to accommodate even the most unique requests. Hardcover adhesive and smyth sewn, saddle stitched, Wire-O, spiral and mechanical binding are just some of the choices in making these finished printed products look professional.

Because everything needed to produce high-quality printing is located under one roof, quality and efficiency are complementary. Strategies and production schedules are designed for expedient and timely delivery of products. By monitoring and controlling waste and inefficiencies, C.J. Krehbiel reduces cycle time and increases speed, saving customers time and money. To document its quality management, the company became ISO 9002 certified last May.

C.J. Krehbiel's philosophy of "always staying ahead of our time" means continually improving and updating each step of the printing process. "Our company is focusing on both sales management and production management in order to better understand how to consistently assess and analyze customer needs with our internal capabilities," states COO Charles W. (Tuck) Krehbiel Jr. The printer also focuses on the constant upgrade and acquisition of new equipment.

Forward Thinkers
But partnering means much more at C.J. Krehbiel. Over the past 10 years the company has experienced significant growth and the owners decided to support that growth by investing in new technology. This forward-looking approach resulted in the revitalization of their electronic prepress department, as well as the bindery and pressroom areas.

 

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