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.

After 30 years in its plant, the Missouri State Printing Center moved into a new facility along with the state’s mailing operation. Today, things are better than ever.

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.

Related story: Rodney Vessell: Every Day Is A New Battle

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

Related Content
  • Rick Wise

    As noted in the article, we have had the pleasure of working with Rodney and his crew for a number of years. We greatly appreciate their professionalism. My hat is off to them for surviving (and thriving!) a plant-wide move and also for successfully navigating through these difficult and challenging times in our state for the last several years.
    I knew Gary Judd and I am grateful that they bestowed the appropriate honor of naming the building after him. He was as fine a man as you could ever hope to meet.
    Rick Wise
    Printing Services
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211