University of Virginia Printing Celebrates a Century of ServiceJune 1, 2012 By Bob Neubauer
Not many in-plants can boast they’ve been around for 100 years, but this year University of Virginia (UVA) Printing and Copying Services got to join that elite club. The in-plant got its start in 1912, when William Howard Taft was president and the first World War was still two years away.
The 35-employee printing and mailing operation recently celebrated its century of service to the Charlottesville, Va., university with an open house celebration that drew 85 attendees. They toured the shop, enjoyed refreshments and won prizes (including an iPad).
“It’s a pretty big milestone to reach 100,” remarks Director Kelly Hogg. “We wanted to use the opportunity to show off the capabilities that we have.”
And show them off they did. As guests circulated around the shop floor, most of the in-plant’s seven offset presses—including a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster—were churning away. The staff even fired up the Heidelberg Windmill letterpress (not quite as old as the in-plant), which never fails to draw a crowd. The in-plant’s Kodak NexPress 2100 and Roland SOLJET PRO III XC-540 wide-format printer/cutter grabbed lots of attention as well.
“We do tons of retractable banners,” reveals Hogg. “We just did a 79-foot banner.”
With such state-of-the-art capabilities, including oversight of five copy centers and a fleet of 700 MFDs, the in-plant has come a long way over the past 100 years.
“They have had to reinvent themselves to remain viable,” praised Leonard Sandridge, former executive VP and COO of the university, in a UVA Today article. “They took it upon themselves to change and become more responsive to the market and fill a gap.”
Though historical records are hard to come by, Hogg notes that in 1965, UVA helped change the in-plant industry when Manager Chic Moran hosted the first ACUP conference, during which members voted to call the new group “The Association of College and University Printers.”
The in-plant moved several times in the past century, and relocated into its current facility in 1985. Long-time director Scott Keeney took over in 1993, and remained in charge until his untimely death in 2006.