Great Lakes Bindery — Move to Automation
The future remains bright for Great Lakes Bindery. Landheer says that he does not fear the loss of trade binderies, despite the move by many printers to move more and more bindery functions in-house.
"We're always going to be around. Some of our customers have installed their own bindery capabilities, but they don't have anywhere near the capabilities that we offer. We probably have the largest capacity of any bindery in this region—if not the state of Michigan. Even with some of our customers adding their own bindery departments, we still do a lot of their overflow work. Printers can't afford to do what we do—they just can't afford to buy all the equipment," he claims.
And as automation continues to find its way into the bindery industry, it will also find its way into Great Lakes Bindery, assures Landheer. "I'm always keeping my eyes open for greater automation in order to compete."