PBM Graphics — True to Their Heritage
The move will complement redundant operations in Greensboro, NC, under the direction of Glenn Thore, vice president and general manager of Triad/Metro. Steve Wright, vice president of the card division, directs the Howard, SD, efforts.
According to Pete Pearce, PBM president and COO, the move was designed to foster future growth and realign the company’s workflow to gain utmost efficiencies. Secondly, the company will benefit logistically in terms of improved communications and reduced redundant overhead obligations. Yet PBM has no plans to lessen its work force of 825 employees, bucking a common practice with typical plant consolidations.
“As printing companies grow over time, their workflows are seldom what one would desire if they were designing them from scratch,” Pearce says. “This new building will give us the opportunity to maximize efficiencies. We’ve engineered it based on how a printing company should be organized—good material flow and logical sequencing of production operations.”
“When I think of PBM, I think of the talent pool we have relative to the printing industry statewide, or even in this part of the country,” notes Larry Pegram, vice president of administration. “We feel like we have some of the best talent around, and we don’t typically lose people to our competitors.”
PBM Graphics is hardly a one-card trick pony. The commercial operation also produces, among a laundry list of products, annual reports, booklets, brochures, corporate identity materials, desk and wall calendars, directories, direct mail, labels, magazines, manuals, point-of-sale materials, postcards, presentation folders, as well as product and packaging inserts. This includes both traditional offset production and digital print-on-demand output (including variable data).
The company also furnishes fulfillment, kitting, warehousing and distribution for the manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, services, public administration, transportation and agricultural sectors, among others.
“One of our strengths in the marketplace is our ability to produce turnkey projects for our customers,” says Richey. “We have tremendous capacity to handle their projects, as well as the ability to produce packaging, point-of-sale and folding cartons, along with complete finishing, shipping and mailing services.”