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    Adam Bryant

    January 5, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Adam is a get-it-done guy. But he’s not one of those annoying get-it-done guys who’s always pestering people, tapping his toe and checking his watch. Instead, he’s a motivator who is always willing to jump into the fray and improve the end product. He comes armed with a positive attitude and tons of ideas. With contagious enthusiasm, Adam makes any project seem effortless.

    Adam grew up with Bender, Inc. employee Bob Bender and they both got their big break in 1999. Adam started burning plates to get his feet wet in the industry, but quickly showed a passion for the business and went right into printing sales. His social skills combined with a knowledge of the industry made him a big hit with customers. He is now one of Bender, Inc’s top salesman and is continually building relationships with the industries top designers and marketing representatives. But it is not just his work that is impressive. Adam also gives his time and it shows. He was the 2011 Have a Heart – Lend a Hand award recipient for outstanding contribution and service to children with physical and mental disabilities.

    Quick Hits:

    -13 years at Bender, Inc.
    -Married to his wife Katie for 8 years
    -He has 2 girls: Riley(3) Isabella (8 months)
    -Hobbies include hunting, hiking, mountain biking, and fitness
    -Young Variety board member 8 consecutive years
    -Night of the Rising Star Co-Chair 4 consecutive years
    -2011 Have a Heart – Lend a Hand award recipient

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    Did You Know?

    January 5, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    You are probably reading this because you are an existing customer, a future customer or just lurking for information about us. No matter the reason you may only be aware of a small portion of our business. For example, did you know that we can print pole banners and install them? Yep, It takes a truck with a boom and man with no fear, but we have you covered. So that next project you have coming down the pipeline no matter how big or small or even how high, reach out to Bender, Inc. and we will take it from there. You might be surprised how we can make your work easier. Disclaimer: In an effort to save the worlds bandwidth we had to limit our capabilities for this news entry. If you do not see what you are looking for please contact your Bender, Inc. sales representative or email us at support@bender-inc.com (mailto:support@bender-inc.com?subject=Did%20You%20Know%3F) . We also give free tours of all this impressive machinery, so if you would like to see this equipment in person, we invite you to come see us anytime.

    -Pre-Press

    Scanning
    Retouching
    Color correction
    Digital proofing
    Direct-to-plate imaging
    FTP services
    Custom on-line ordering

    -Print Production

    Offset Printing
    Digital Printing
    Stitching
    Collating
    Folding
    Drilling
    Shrink wrapping
    Scoring
    Perforating
    Handwork
    Fulfillment

    -Wide Format

    Banners
    Back lit Graphics
    Billboards
    Directional Signage
    Die-Cut Decals
    Event Signage
    Fabrics
    Floor Graphics
    Interior and Exterior
    Mesh
    Pole Banners
    Retractable
    Wallscapes
    Window Graphics
    Lamination
    Sewing
    Installation

    -Mailing

    List Acquisition
    Addressing
    Laser printing/mail merge
    Envelope Inserting
    Tabbing/Stamping
    Presorting for lowest postal rate
    Mail Merge/purge/de-duping
    Database Management
    CASS certification
    NCOA- National Change of Address

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    Xerox 800 brings big change to Bender.

    November 15, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    For Dave Bender, owner of St. Louis-based Bender, Inc., the key to being a successful printer isn’t about quality. It’s not about implementing a new brand of plates, it’s not about installing a more robust workflow solution, and it’s not about diversifying your business model. For Bender, it’s much simpler than all of that. His advice: talk.

    “If you’re changing, if your business is changing, and if you’re not communicating that change to your employees, you’re going to have problems and you’re going to lose good, key people. You’ve got to talk to them about what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what it means to them,” Bender explains.

    And change is something that’s inevitable. To survive the current economic environment, printers across the country are changing. They’re adding new capabilities, they’re reaching out to new customers, and they are adjusting their business models. But not all of them are communicating those changes with all of their employees and, according to Bender, that’s a huge mistake.

    “Everyone that works for us is in sales,” he explains. “We have people dedicated to selling, but everyone is in sales. Our CSRs need to be salespeople, too. They have to understand our company, know where it’s headed and be able to share our corporate story and beliefs with everyone they come into contact with.”

    Changing directions

    Earlier this year, Bender, Inc. ventured deeper into digital printing, adding a Xerox® Color 800 Press from FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Division. The company had been doing some digital work previously, but saw the opportunities growing and eventually made the decision to bring in a larger, more advanced device. “We did a really thorough review of all of our options and, ultimately, decided on the Xerox 800,” he says. “The Xerox 800 was more like a press, and not a copier, and the quality was incredibly impressive. We knew we were going to be able to move a lot of our work to that device and, obviously, cut down on our makeready.

    “The 800 also allows us to run a heavier cover weight than other devices and we’re able to run quite a wide variety of substrates, including magnet stock and label stock for example,” says Bender.

    The decision to go further into digital printing was a conscious one and one that Bender believes is key for the survival of his company. For him, it’s the next phase. And, while that decision can be a significant change for many printers, it’s been a smooth process for Bender’s 42 employees. And, of course, he credits communication.

    “We’ve made communication of change an unwavering priority here and have reaped the benefits,” Bender says.

    Talk to me

    Those benefits speak for themselves. In the 21 years since Bender, Inc. (formerly Bender Graphics) was founded by Bender’s father, Jack, the company has never experienced a decrease in sales. “We’ve been very lucky and we’ve worked very hard and we’ve been able to watch our sales grow, year after year after year,” he says.

    Bender gives a lot of credit to his dad and the two appear to share business philosophies. Bender and his partners took the company over from his dad in 2005 and have continued to invest, to seek out new opportunities, and, like his dad, to add new capabilities and more space.

    Today, in addition to traditional offset printing and digital printing, Bender, Inc. also offers signage and other wide format services, order fulfillment and warehousing, as well as direct mail solutions – a lot of change for a shop that has its roots in printing small community newspapers.

    Times are a-changin’

    The most recent change came with the decision to delve deeper into digital printing. And, for help with that, Bender and his team turned to Fujifilm. Already an existing Fujifilm customer, Bender says he wanted to work with Fujifilm on the bigger transition to digital because of the company’s knowledge and expertise in the offset world. “We wanted to be able to tie our offset work to our digital work and we wanted a company who understood and who could help us do that,” he explains. “The Xerox 800 is an incredible device and is very powerful. Couple that with Fujifilm’s expertise and you’ve got a powerhouse combination. We’re still an offset shop and I wanted an offset expert. That’s why we went with Fujifilm.”

    Once again, the benefits are speaking for themselves.

    Although the Xerox 800 has been on the company’s floor for just three months, Bender says it’s already running non-stop. “Not only have I been able to bring in additional jobs, but I’ve also been able to move a lot of my work from my offset press,” he reports. He’s moved so much work that his 6-color half-size perfecting press is now for sale.

    “The 800 has pretty much taken the place of that press,” he says, noting the obvious change in the business model. “I can accept a wider variety of jobs and even make some money on smaller jobs like business cards that I wasn’t able to before.” As a result, Bender and his team are happy with their decision and, of course, continue to communicate the changes to the rest of the company.

    But Bender isn’t relying solely on digital printing for the growth of the company. Bender, Inc. has also expanded into wide format printing with a Fujifilm Acuity, while also keeping one foot planted firmly in offset.

    “We’re doing this to drive offset. That was difficult to understand at first, but now everyone seems to get it,” he says. “They know how this will impact our company and, more importantly, their jobs and they’re on board – and we’re poised and ready for another year of growth.”

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    Bender partners with MEGA Swatch.

    November 15, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Innovation continues to roll off the line at Bender. This time, though, it’s in the home improvement arena.

    Bender, Inc. has formed a partnership with MEGA Swatch, the world’s leading producer and supplier of large format, photo-quality samples.

    Anyone who has ever remodeled a kitchen and agonized over just the right piece of granite for their countertop knows how difficult it is to envision an entire room full of that material.

    That’s where MEGA Swatch comes in.

    By producing much larger, paper renditions of granite patterns, the company enables remodelers to visualize their space long before installation. But not only are they bigger than a sample of actual material. They’re also much lighter (as in the weight of a piece of paper versus a piece of stone) and they’re much less expensive.

    This product doesn’t just benefit home remodelers. By providing a way for customers to easily visualize multiple options, MEGA Swatch also helps suppliers and distributors of granite showcase more offerings.

    All this means each product MEGA Swatch creates has to live up to exacting standards.
    And thanks to Bender, with its state-of-the-art printing and fulfillment capabilities, MEGA Swatch is able to do just that.

    Take a closer look at the MEGA Swatch website if you’d like to find out more about how this revolutionary yet simple product works.

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    Bender launches green initiative.

    November 15, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Recycling is a given. And with the amount of paper coursing through our 46,000 square-foot operation, it makes a significant difference. But at Bender, we don’t stop there.

    Our entire building observes energy-efficient practices. From fluorescent and motion-activated lighting to utilizing soy-based inks whenever possible, we’re as concerned about the end product as we are about any by products.

    Come by for a tour any time to get the entire story of how we’re leading the way in printing and environmental preservation.

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