HM Graphics -- Eight Is (Not) Enough
HM Graphics outperformed its own expectations, generating $28 million in revenues in 2008. Services have evolved and expanded to include everything from general commercial printing and three-dimensional/mechanical product manufacturing to direct mail, fulfillment and a complete bindery—all provided within a 120,000-square-foot facility.
Despite the economic downturn, the Sandstroms believe that 2009 will be a “monumental” year, as HM commemorates its anniversary. The year kicked off with the installation of a new six-color, 40? Heidelberg UV press. It is the printer’s eighth Heidelberg; there are three six-color presses, three two-color models, as well as a Heidelberg/Kodak Nexpress digital press equipped with a glossing unit.
HM Graphics also boasts several ink-jet imaging systems, including a 36?, double-sided Canon wide- format printer. The printer also maintains an in-house ink mixing lab for custom ink production and has implemented color management practices that meet GRACoL standards. Its bindery houses a variety of highly automated stitchers, diecutters, folders, folder/gluers, ink-jet systems, tabbers, shrink wrappers and tipping units.
James Sandstrom acknowledges that investment in state-of-the-art technology is one of the main elements that differentiates HM Graphics from other printers. However, he stresses that there are many reasons the company shines.
“A good moral compass, the desire to tackle tough challenges and a high degree of technical ability are all important ways that we stand out,” Sandstrom says. “When you genuinely care about the client’s overall satisfaction and want to deliver something you’re proud of, you will always seek out the best way to get the job done right—even if it’s more complicated or takes longer.”
Because many of HM Graphics’ clients comprise Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, the quality of its printing is paramount. “We’re annually ranked No. 1 by the Printing Industries of Wisconsin at its Graphic Excellence Awards,” notes Kevin Sandstrom. “And, we’re consistently among the top five in the nation for overall quality, as evidenced by the PIA Premier Print Awards that we’ve won.”