A Great Move in Missouri
Standing by the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City are State Printer Rodney Vessell and Debbie Reynolds, Office of Administration mail manager.
Jim Morris (left) and Jeff Claypool run a job on the four-color Ryobi 3404 E DI direct imaging press, which has been a tremendous help in handling the large demand for short-run, four-color work.
Working on one of the in-plant's two Didde web presses.
Mitchell Herigon loads paper into the Xerox DocuTech 6180.
George Byrd runs the 96-bin Bell + Howell Criterion MLOCR sorter.
Keith Bennett monitors a job being run on the C.P. Bourg Modulen collator.
FOR THREE decades, Missouri’s state printing operation was run out of a bustling 18,000-square-foot facility on the west side of Jefferson City, the state capital. Named the Gary L. Judd State Printing Center, after the man who consolidated the state’s scattered print shops in 1980 to create the centralized operation, the facility was perfect for handling all the state’s sheetfed, web and digital printing needs.
But in 2008, something happened that would change all that. The state merged print and mail, placing both operations under the control of State Printer Rodney Vessell. Though the fit was good, the logistics were not. Mail was consolidated into a facility on the east end of town; printing was on the west. Over the next two years, Vessel found himself pining for a single plant that could house both.
A little over a year ago, he got his wish. Both operations were relocated into a leased 250,000-square-foot building about seven miles from the State Capitol.
“We’ve got about 50,000 square feet of that building,” remarks Vessell. “Because so much of what we print gets mailed anyway, it’s really nice to have us all here together.”
Now, instead of driving printed pieces across town to be mailed, they are simply moved across the plant floor. And with about 23 million mail pieces being processed each year, that’s a lot of saved driving time.
One of the Largest
With annual sales of $14.8 million and a staff of 64, Missouri State Printing is one of the country’s largest in-plants. It ranked ninth in sales in IPG‘s December listing of the largest in-plants. The operation prints between 185 and 210 million impressions a year, which translates to about 16,000 jobs annually.
State Printing boasts two Didde-Glaser web presses, a pair of two-color Ryobi 3302 presses, and a four-color Ryobi DI press, which the in-plant has used to satisfy the large demand for short-run, four-color work in the state. The in-plant also uses an array of Xerox DocuTechs, both in its main plant and in three quick print centers located in state buildings. Digital color is produced with an Ikon CPP 550, which Vessell says will be upgraded very soon.