Smith / biography

The James W. Smith Printing Company began in 1973. Formed by Jim (a journeyman pressman), & Nancy Smith,  the company was founded on quality lithography, customer-focused service, and personal integrity. These principles continue to guide us today.

In 1985, we acquired the first of three Heidelberg GTO printing presses. This significantly increased our capability to distinctly serve the high-quality, short- to medium-volume print market, and tremendous growth took place during this period. Matthew Smith (the current president) became the company’s first full-time sales representative, and the company positioned itself to build a sales force and aggressively pursue new business.



In 1997, a Komori two-color, 28-inch press was purchased. This press was the prelude to the 28-inch Lithrone C+ED five-unit, which arrived in September of the same year. A 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the art printing facility was also added to accommodate the new equipment. The 28" capability has allowed us to greatly expand our market share.



To meet our customers’ distribution needs, the Mailing

& Fulfillment Unit was developed in 2000. This operation consists of CASS-certifying mail, ink-jetting, collating, inserting, picking and packing, inventory control, and custom, hand-work projects. In its second year of operation, more than 2,000,000 pieces were mailed from this department.



During the summer of 2005, David, Brian and Matthew Smith purchased the company from Jim Smith. This acquisition spurred a concentrated growth plan that included securing and upgrading seasoned graphic art professionals and the purchase of a new Komori Lithrone 6 color offset press in 2007. The development of the digital business unit in 2008 brought in NexPress digital printing technology and web-to-print software.

 

The Wide-format business unit was sprung out of the need to provide quick turn large digital projects for our clients. Procuring the Agfa Jeti printer and ICut CAD cutter - this team produces POP, custom packaging, labels, banners, and custom prints on virtually any substrate 2" thick or less. 

Smith Printing invests in and passes the FSC Certification process – allowing our clients to produce printed matter carrying the stewardship label.

Today, the sales force consists of four representatives with three customer service/production specialists, and 20 employees and operators working two shifts to ensure your projects are delivered on time.

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