Fast-track Firms — Movin’ On Up
Today, Freeport Press is back on its feet in a big way. It’s become a short-run, streamlined operation with digital capabilities. Centerpieces of the operation include two new Agfa Avalon VLF platesetters, online Dalim digital proofing and sophisticated mailing services. An EFI enterprise-wide business system suite was also implemented recently.
Next Spring, Freeport Press will embark on its largest expansion in the company’s history with the opening of an additional 48,000-square-foot facility and the installation of the first of two new Komori System 38S fully automated web press systems. The second Komori will be installed in 2009.
Interestingly, Pilcher partially credits industry consolidation for the surge in Freeport’s business. “Buyers don’t want to give their business to a company so big that they feel they’ll get lost in the shuffle. We take good care of our customers and create significant value for them. That’s why they give us their business.”
To drive his point, Pilcher reveals, “Over the past five years, 50 printing companies in the Ohio Valley have closed. During that same period, Freeport Press has experienced double-digit growth.” PI