STRINE PRINTING — THE PRINTER’S CANDY STORE
Flexibility, adds Mike Strine, is one of the chief differentiating factors that sets Strine Printing apart from the competition. The company has turned aside numerous acquisition overtures, wanting the independence to make quick calls on capital equipment purchases or any decision that could impact Strine’s ability to service its customers.
“We don’t have a lot of fat, or a lot of layers to go through,” he says.
The Strine brothers envision the company taking the next step up the press size ladder with the acquisition of an 81˝ KBA Rapida press in 2007. Some of the 40˝ Heidelberg presses may be swapped out with newer machines, most likely new Heidelbergs, and more money will be invested in the prepress arena.
Mostly, Pat Strine says, it will be a matter of adjusting to outside influences, letting them dictate the course of action.
Mike Strine feels the strength for his company, going forward, definitely lies in the large-format/package printing/digital printing trinity, including areas such as cosmetic packaging, UV packaging and P-O-P/P-O-S pieces. The printer still hopes to maintain its commercial share, but is fortified by the knowledge that few competitors could make the financial commitment to crowd Strine’s growth space.
“Most of our growth has been through word of mouth,” Mike Strine remarks. “We need to maintain Walter Strine’s vision—reinvest, never say ‘no’ and ‘without the customer, you don’t have anything.’ ” PI