Little Starter Plant No More, Quad/Graphics Martinsburg Location Expands
Press release from the issuing company
March 1, 2002 -- Quad/Graphics’ "little starter plant," as President Harry V. Quadracci once referred to the Martinsburg, West Virginia, plant, has grown at a rapid pace since opening the original 439,000-square-foot facility in 1997. Soon, the plant will eclipse 1.5 million square feet upon completion of its newest addition.
Expansion pulsates through the plant's interior also, fueled by Quad's "greenfield" growth strategy. Several new pieces of major equipment have either been installed recently or are in the works. This includes:
- Three gravure presses, featuring the newest Quad/Tech systems for color control, ribbon control and web "scuff" control (silicone coaters).
- Two "super" offset presses outfitted with Quad/Tech's Color Control System, Ribbon Control System 4000, Register Guidance System V, roll-consumption system, chill stands and folders.
- Three perfect binders
- An Automated Storage & Retrieval System
With the “Little Starter Plant” nickname now unofficially outdated, Administrative Plant Manager Bill Klingelsmith has a grip on a new handle. “The West Virginia University Marching Band is referred to as the ‘Pride of West Virginia.’ I make it a point to borrow that moniker to describe the plant. It's really a tribute to our employees' ability and willingness to embrace technology and automation, education and our corporate culture."
With these new building additions, Quad/Graphics will have nearly 2 million square feet of operations in the Mountaineer State when combining the entire printing plant, existing auxiliary facilities and the adjacent 391,420-square-foot Parcel/Direct distribution center.
Pewaukee, Wis.-based Quad/Graphics (www.qg.com) serves publishers, catalogers, direct marketers and others. The company has a network of print-production facilities on three continents that provides integrated services ranging from front-end design and photography through digital imaging, printing, list management, finishing and dependable distribution. Constant, rapid growth over the past 30 years - mostly through internal expansion - has resulted in a company with the most modern plant, equipment and capabilities in the commercial printing industry. Quad/Graphics has 14,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $2 billion.
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