Kodak, ImageMark Open Digital Demo Center

Kodak and ImageMark Business Services have formed a partnership to demonstrate some of the leading-edge digital solutions that are possible with today’s latest technologies. In addition to digital and offset printing, moving forward, ImageMark will use its new digital facility to demonstrate Kodak’s digital technology in a “real-life” daily production environment.

“ImageMark embodies the best qualities of today’s leading, modern commercial printers,” said John O’Grady, Kodak’s vice president and regional managing director, U.S. and Canada. “The company embraces innovation and understands the central importance of delivering valuable applications to its clients.”

The new demo facility is located at ImageMark’s 130,000-square-foot complex in Gastonia, NC, near Charlotte. The Kodak Customer Demo Facility showcases a wide range of printing technology featuring several Kodak Solutions, including a new Kodak NexPress SX3900 digital production color press, a Kodak NexPress SE3000 digital production color press, a Kodak Digimaster EX125 digital production systemKodak Prinergy workflow solutionsKodak Magnus 400 III Platesetter and Kodak Thermal Direct Non Process Plates, which will soon be converted to Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates.

“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Kodak to serve as the satellite digital production demo center,” noted Walter Payne, ImageMark president. “The solutions Kodak’s technology brings to the market support ImageMark’s digital production, allowing us to provide the most valuable services for our clients.”

Kodak will work with customers interested in experiencing Kodak Solutions in a production environment, and then schedule tours and demos at ImageMark’s facility.

“While we have a traditional equipment demo center in Rochester, a part of our customer-centric strategy is to establish relationships with some of best and brightest customers to demonstrate our products in ‘real-life’ production experiences,” O’Grady continued. “There’s really no one better to talk to our customers about serving their clients with exciting new applications that enhance graphic communications than our customers who do exactly that every day.”

About ImageMark Business Services
The 89-year-old company offers customized content marketing and print-related services to companies committed to improving return on investment in marketing initiatives. ImageMark has built a reputation for being a premier Web-based printing partner for meeting demanding marketing needs through technological capabilities. ImageMark serves national and international corporations.

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films.

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ImageMark moving in Gaston County, adding employees

ImageMark Business Services Inc. is moving to larger quarters in Gaston County and plans to add 10 employees over the next year as the company grows.

The printing company is relocating to Gastonia from Lowell and expects to be in a renovated 130,000-square-foot building by early August. The company gains about 50,000 square feet in the move, says Walter Payne, ImageMark president.

The new plant will be housed in the former Radici Spandex building at 3145 Northwest Blvd. in Gastonia. The current location contains 77,600 square feet and is at 141 Robins St. in Lowell. The two locations are eight miles apart.

ImageMark has 67 full-time employees and 10 part-timers.

Karen Kaufman, ImageMark executive vice president, says the company is adding technology and convincing customers to bring business back to the United States.

“We’re looking for some contractual work from companies that would bring printing back from overseas,” she says. Payne says one contract would bring a contract worth more than $1 million to ImageMark from China.

Those successes are convincing the company to add employees, Payne says.

ImageMark primarily serves businesses with printing, thermography and fulfillment services. It counts several Fortune 500 corporations among its customers.

Last year, the company bought Imperial Printing Products in Charlotte and will eventually merge its products and services under the ImageMark name, Payne says.