The Early Years (1968-1983)
Taking Chances and Trusting Hunches
On October 1, 1968, with the help of his wife, Dolores, John Kingery founded Kingery Printing Company in a rented building on the courthouse square in Effingham, Illinois. In 1970, the company relocated to a 4,000 square-foot building at 813 North Third Street in Effingham. In 1976, a 6,000 square-foot, two-story building was added to accommodate the need for more space in the press and bindery areas. As expansion necessitated additional equipment and personnel, this 10,000 square foot facility was gradually outgrown. In 1980, the company purchased ten acres of land along Route 45, south of Effingham and began planning construction of the facility that they are currently in today.
Growth and Expansion (1984-1992)
Riding the Wave of Prosperity
Groundbreaking for the new facility was held on August 10, 1984, and the new 24,500 square foot plant opened for business on March 18th, 1985. Second-floor offices were added in May of 1989 with an additional 20,000 square feet of production area being completed in September of that same year.
In 1991, another 30,000 square feet were added to the building for more production area, along with their first heat-set narrow web offset press. That same year, John purchased the assets of M&D Printing in Henry, Illinois. The ownership of this plant was transferred January 2nd, 1992 at which time Michael Kingery, John's oldest son, was named Plant Manager and moved to Henry, Illinois.
Hitting Our Stride (1993- 2013)
Refining Our Processes and Out-Servicing the Competition
Two long press lines were added in 1996: an M-110 heat-set web and a 40" Heidelberg sheet fed press with a coating tower. Beginning in 1998 KPC transitioned from a film-based prepress to CTP (Computer to Plate), adding a Creo Trendsetter.
The new millennium brought with it a battery of new equipment in both Effingham and Henry. Press room installations included: Harris M-110, M-100L & M-300, Heidelberg CD 102, SM 102, SM 52 Anicolor, Beiren 3840 and most recently, a Goss Sunday 2000. In the bindery, we've added a Muller-Martini Tigra perfect binder and 2 Prima Stitchers, as well as PDF workflows and MIS systems to drive it all.
In 2013, Michael Kingery became the President of Kingery Printing Company, He immediately consolidated the M&D Printing operations into the Kingery Printing Company brand, calling it the Henry Division.
A New Era (2014 and Beyond)
Helping Our Clients Reach Their Clients
Beginning with Purchasing and Prepress, followed by Mail List Data Prep and the MIS systems, the organization became focused on providing a singular, cohesive customer experience. The consolidation of Prepress brought with it the Heidelberg workflow, and FM screening technology. Both plants increased their standard line-screen resolution and began utilizing a hybrid FM screening technology, dubbed Kingery Micro Screen (KMS). The era of High Definition Printing had arrived at Kingery Printing, well in advance of its competition.
In 2015, the Henry Division expanded its press capacity by adding additional units to their 38” heatset web to complete a full-color, double-web heatset press.
2017 Was a year of growth and opportunities for Kingery Printing. In a mature industry that has struggled to maintain flat sales for a number of years, 2017 seemed to signal a turning point for not only the industry, but for Kingery Printing as well. We noticed that the number and quality of opportunities was improving, allowing us to achieve double-digit growth.
To end the year, Mike Kingery annouced that Kingery Printing Company had acquired the assets of United Graphics, LLC, of Mattoon, IL. The sale became final on December 1st, 2017. The acquisition of United Graphics expands our capabilites, allowing us to offer our customers an even greater range of products and services. John Wurtsbaugh, the President of United Graphics, assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer for Kingery Printing, overseeing the day-to-day operations of all three manufacturing facilities.
The growth in sales and an optimistic industry outlook gave us the confidence to puchase a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 40" 10-unit sheetfed press. This new press will be installed and operational in Q1 of 2018. It will give Kingery Printing the added capacity and efficiency we need in order to meet the rising demand.