After a busy four months, PrintLynx in Sedalia has a new home.
It was announced in July that PrintLynx, doing business as Jostens, would consolidate its production and fulfillment operations on West Main Street to a 75,000-square-foot facility at 304 Curry Dr. in the Thompson Meadows Industrial Park. Employees officially moved into the new space in early September, according to Plant Manager Heather Cantrell, and roughly 100 people participated in a tour and open house Tuesday to celebrate the milestone.
“We were separated into three buildings and this consolidates us under one roof, it makes production more efficient,” Cantrell told the Democrat. “Also, this is giving us room to expand. We’re going to take on another brand from Jostens for the manufacturing side this spring. We’ll take on saddle stitch books for the School Annual brand. We’ll look to continue to expand more lines. That’s what this space accomplishes for us.” Staffing remains at the same level it was in the previous location, but Cantrell said PrintLynx plans to add 20 to 40 new positions as new lines are added over the next two to five years.Jostens, PrintLynx announce Sedalia expansion
PrintLynx is a full-service operation, Cantrell explained, doing everything from design to fulfillment and mailing and everything in between. The Sedalia location handles Jostens’ small book yearbooks for elementary and middle schools, as well as commercial printing for local and regional customers. It is also involved with Kinderkraft, Jostens’ line of kindergarten graduation gowns nationwide.
Cantrell said the expansion has also allowed the company to purchase more equipment, which has improved efficiency. Having the warehouse and production under one roof helps with efficiency as well. She said the previous building had employees walking single-file through the manufacturing aisles.
“Just for them to have the space to move pallets so they’re not moving them twice, everything has a home, it really gives our employees the freedom needed to run their jobs in a beautiful facility,” she said.
PrintLynx is leasing the new facility from Ditzfeld Transfer. Cantrell said Ditzfeld is one of many local partners that helped make the project possible. She said the company is grateful for those partners treating the project like their own, helping PrintLynx be successful. “Ditzfeld has been a tremendous partner in working through the contract phase of this,” she said. “I truly don’t think you could ask for a better partner.
“We had an amazing contractor, Kusgen Construction,” she added. “We had less than four months from the time we were given the OK to move forward to when we moved our first press in. For a build out of this magnitude, they kept the project on task the entire time and hit every deadline needed.”