We've looked at a few print shops around the region.
Tonight on Locally Made Monday, we take a look at what happens to those printed materials as they are prepped for shipment.
Becky's Die Cut has been in the area for twenty years, and has grown from a local paper-cutting shop to a producer of international promotional materials.
"We do finishing work for the printers. We die cut, foil stamp, emboss, type, laminate... Anything that needs to be cut in a specific shape usually goes through a die-cutting shop,” says owner Becky Garrison.
It started in a garage in the early nineties with one mechanical die cutter.
Today, Becky's Die Cut has grown from a local cutting shop for regional printers to international supplier.
"I would say all of the printers around town. There's some people that are in manufacturing, and we cut parts for them, to put their pieces and parts together... Some people come in and just get things micro-perfed to run through their laser printers,” Garrison says.
About ten years ago, Becky's son Chris joined the family business, and he brought in new ideas that are helping to cut up the competition.
"We started four years ago with laminating, so that's really been huge for us. Last year was actually thirty-two percent of our business,” Chris Garrison says.
Besides the laminator, they've added a new folder-gluer, and a high capacity cutter.
"The Bobst die cutter, we're running at six thousand sheets an hour... Normally on the cylinder presses we run two thousand to twenty-five hundred an hour. On the Klugies we run about two thousand to twenty-two hundred an hour,” Garrison says.
Garrison says she donates all of her scrap paper to local churches and schools and even other local businesses.
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