Ohio State UniPrint: Always A Team Player
The UniPrint management team (from the left): Assistant Director Jeff Dible, Director Debby Parks, and Associate Director Don Roberts.
Standing with the in-plant’s six-color, 20x29˝ Heidelberg press are (from the left) press operators Jim Jones, Eric Taylor and Mike Marsh. The press is always busy producing items like brochures, recruiting materials and numerous products for Ohio State’s athletic department.
UniPrint runs three shifts on its Kodak NexPress 2100, shown here with Rick Cale. The digital press produces short-run books, postcards, business cards and variable-data projects. Demand is so great that a NexPress 3000 with Dimensional Clear Dry Ink is scheduled for delivery this month.
Jeff Krigbaum and Don Roberts show off a sign printed on UniPrint’s new EFI Rastek wide-format printer. The device has been so popular, the shop expects a return on investment within 18 months.
Pressman Jim Jones stands with UniPrint’s Five-color, 28x40˝ Heidelberg press.
The Ohio State University is big. It ranks among the country’s largest colleges (and is sometimes tops) in terms of student enrollment. Its famed horseshoe-shaped football stadium holds and consistently draws more than 100,000 Buckeye fans and rivals to Columbus, Ohio.
The school’s in-plant is also a heavyweight among its peers. In-Plant Graphics‘ December 2009 survey of the largest in-plants in North America lists Ohio State’s UniPrint operation as the number-one revenue-producing ($18 million) university shop and as having the fourth-most employees (81).
Led by Director Debby Parks, Associate Director Don Roberts, and Assistant Director Jeff Dible, UniPrint works in unison with the university to ensure that bigger remains better.
The in-plant has been putting ink on paper for more than 75 years. In 2006, printing services merged with other units to form UniPrint, and now encompasses Document Management Services (DMS), the Cost Per Copy program, the Printer Cost Management (PCM) program, student printing labs, and even microscope repair.
“We felt that the best thing for us to do was consolidate all of our offerings under one roof,” reports Roberts, who retired just last month, after 51 years with the in-plant. “And it has worked out very well.”
Within a 44,000-square-foot facility, UniPrint offers offset printing and duplicating, digital printing, high-speed copying, wide-format printing, and finishing and binding, as well as addressing, warehousing and distribution services.
Working three shifts, the production department produces 18,000 to 20,000 jobs annually, including business cards and university stationery, brochures, admissions and recruiting materials, and plenty of work for Ohio State’s athletic department and extension system.
“We print about 85 percent of the university’s work,” Roberts calculates.
Campus customers deal with UniPrint entirely by choice. The in-plant does not have the first right of refusal for jobs. So, UniPrint has to work for its work.