Quad/Graphics Debuts New Oklahoma City Operation
OKLAHOMA CITY—Quad/Graphics recently inaugurated operations at its newest plant with a grand opening celebration headlined by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, Newsweek magazine executives and Quad/Graphics President and CEO Tom Quadracci.
The event—which featured a plant dedication and ribbon cutting, equipment startup, lunch and tours—drew approximately 500 guests, including Oklahoma state, county and city officials, as well as Quad/Graphics employees and family members.
The new Oklahoma City plant, located off I-240, is Quad/Graphics' ninth domestic printing plant and the company's first printing facility west of the Mississippi River. The company is also constructing another 385,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate the startup of gravure operations in the fall of 2004. Once completed, Quad/Graphics will have three gravure facilities nationwide.
The expansion will also enable the company to immediately grow existing web offset printing and finishing capabilities. When complete one year from now, the 603,200-square-foot plant will reportedly be the single largest print production facility west of the Mississippi River and represent a total investment of more than $130 million.
Quad/Graphics announced its intent to expand to Oklahoma City in December 2000—following the purchase of 168 acres of land—and broke ground in October 2002.The printer chose Oklahoma City over other locations, including Phoenix and Dallas, for a variety of reasons, the most important of which were the state's central U.S. location, affordable utilities, an abundance of skilled labor and a desirable quality of life. The printer anticipates hiring another 150 employees by the fall of 2004 to accommodate its rapid growth.
"We're proud to make this investment on behalf of our clients to ensure that they have access to the most modern, most advanced printing capabilities anywhere," enthuses Tom Quadracci.
Despite economic uncertainty, the printer has moved forward with construction of the plant because "we believe in the U.S. economy and we believe in Oklahoma," Quadracci adds.