KINGERY PRINTING--Pride in Hard Work
According to Kurt Jansen, manufacturing manager, mailing and fulfillment have allowed Kingery Printing to take greater advantage of its resources. "We started doing more in-line finished products in the press and bindery departments," he says. "We had a finishing department that was dying; they were fully staffed, but lacked sufficient work. So the finishing department became our mailing department. We actually salvaged a department by going into mailing.
"In past years, if we had a crisis, we could throw people at the problem to solve it," Jansen adds. "As (Kingery Printing treasurer) Terry Probst reminds me, you can't throw people at problems anymore. We've become efficient at figuring out how to do more jobs with less people. We sometimes lose employees through attrition and don't replace them unless there's a definite need. We have to look at different ways to manage those jobs without putting extra people on board."
For example, the acquisition of its second MBO Perfection folder with Navigator and Rapid Set controls addressed the very issue of labor savings in the bindery. The key to the deal was also acquiring a pair of Palamides BA-700 automatic paper banding systems from MBO, according to Mark Tauber, bindery manager. A third high-speed BA-700 bander is on order.
"We'd gotten to the point where customers were requesting more product in bundled quantities to make their process a lot easier," he says. "When you start bundling jobs off the end of the folder by hand, it's very labor-intensive. Adding the banders, along with the folder—taking a job that could take, for example, an operator and two helpers—now you're down to an operator taking finished product right to box and out the door. You save labor and come out with a better looking product, since it's prepackaged when it comes off the folder.