KINGERY PRINTING--Pride in Hard Work
Feeding Off the Midwest
Today, the company's bread-and-butter work consists of catalogs, newsletters, publications and marketing collateral. National in scope, Kingery Printing has carved a niche for itself with clientele in surrounding Midwestern cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.
Recognizing an opportunity for publication printing and perfect-bound finishing, Kingery acquired venerable M&D Printing of Henry, IL, in 1991. The combined operation now features 250 employees working within 165,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Digital workflow is accomplished through Heidelberg's Delta Technology 7, a Creo Trendsetter 3244F platesetter, as well as Fuji, Epson, HP and KPG proofing systems. The all-Heidelberg pressroom features four sheetfeds with up to six-color plus aqueous tower coating capabilities and five heatset webs (up to six colors). Among its bindery gear are various Polar cutters, Heidelberg stitchers and MBO folders and banders.
From a capital expenditure standpoint, Kingery Printing has enjoyed an eventful 2004. Thus far the company has installed a second Heidelberg 650 saddlestitcher with trimmer, a second MBO B26-S/644C Perfection folder with Navigator and Rapid Set controls, a five-color Heidelberg M-100-L heatset web perfector equipped with QuadTech register controls and a Scheffer in-line finishing system, and a Kepes lugged mail table with two tabbing devices.
Speaking of traditional values, family plays a large role at Kingery Printing. Sons Mike, Tom and Gerry, along with daughter Maria, are all key members of the organization.
Kingery Printing needed to have its proverbial ducks in a row to remain fiscally viable throughout the economic turbulence that has marked the early part of this decade. John Kingery admits that it has been a struggle to stay profitable and financially strong. In doing so, the company needed to keep a close eye on productivity, cost controls and waste .
"As a management group, the key in 2002 and 2003 was to maintain balance of all the aspects of our operations, buildings and equipment," states Mike Kingery, president of M&D Printing. "We had to manage the company more strongly, much more closely, and keep a thumb on the pulse of the connection between clients and our facility."