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KDM Is Honored to Receive the 2016 Maxwell Award

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The Printing Industries of Ohio • N. Kentucky has announced KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group as the 29th Maxwell Award Winner. The Maxwell Award is given to a graphic arts organization that has distinguished itself in the manner of the region’s first printer, William Maxwell. The criteria necessary for the selected organization includes: must be forward thinking, a market leader in the industry, technically proficient, and recognizable for its contributions to the industry and the community.

KDM was chosen via a committee vote consisting of its peers in the graphic arts/printing industry within the Ohio and Northern Kentucky region. KDM will be in good company; joining the ranks of many other excellent printing companies.

The history of KDM:

In 1970, owners Kissel, David and Monahan began doing business as “KDM Signs” in a 225 square foot facility in Camp Washington, Ohio. They started out providing vacuum forming services then moved into vinyl decals and screen printing services. Mr. Kissel bought out his partners and continued evolving the business, which became renamed “KDM Screen Printing”. The company manufactured screen printed banners, posters and signs.

KDM is now a second generation, family owned business headquartered in a 175,000 square foot facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The location in Evendale is home to administrative offices and the main print production facility. Approximately 15 years ago KDM expanded beyond screen and began offering offset printing. Large format digital printing services soon followed. Currently, KDM has 30 presses covering six printing methods and continues to invest in state-of-the-art print technology. KDM operates a total of six facilities located in Cincinnati, Nashville, Atlanta and Cleveland, for a total of 420,000 square feet of manufacturing and fulfillment space.

KDM’s success over the past 45 years is the result of innovation, expansions, investments and acquisitions; all aimed at offering their customers in the retail vertical a complete suite of innovative solutions necessary to be successful at the point-of-purchase.

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Recent KDM expansions and acquisitions:

2014 expanded Fulfillment Solutions with a new 50,000 sq ft warehousing and fulfillment facility located within a mile of the Cincinnati headquarters
2014 KDM Cleveland was established via the acquisition of Forest Corporation expanding large format litho printing services
2012 acquired Digital Flexo Services; adding flexographic printing services to include roll labels and instant redeemable coupons (IRCs)
2011 KDM Atlanta was established by acquiring American Digital Communications; offering an expansion of large and small format digital printing services
2009 KDM Retail was established by acquiring NDI Retail; offering complete retail environment design including new store concepts and remodels, store fixtures, millwork, décor, signage & graphics
2009 added a Branding Solutions division; offering branded promotional products and apparel items
2008 launched INTELLITRAKTM, their proprietary POP Program Management technology platform; offering customers online ordering and project management tools
2007 KDM Nashville was established by acquiring World of Plastics; offering custom plastic fabrication and distribution services, cutting out the middle person for plastic needs

Today, the company is now more appropriately doing business as “KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group” offering six distinct in-store marketing services:

• POP Print Solutions
• Retail Environments
• Merchandising Displays
• Branding Solutions with a dedicated eCommerce site
• Technology Solutions via INTELLITRAKTM
• Fulfillment

KDM’s company culture:

KDM has won several local and national awards for Print Excellence, Innovation, Community Service, being a “Fit-Friendly” workplace and recognized as a Top 25 Best Place to Work in greater Cincinnati.

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The KDM Dream Makers program is a unique program that was established to help employees and their spouses identify and achieve their goals and dreams with the assistance of a full-time certified Dream Manager. This past year, 156 were enrolled in the program and 44 dreams were met.

“We greatly appreciate being recognized by our peers in the graphic arts industry as the 2016 Maxwell Award Winner. My vision for the future of the company is to continue to grow- not just top line growth- but, to grow as a team, assuring that our people grow professionally and personally as well,” Bob Kissel, President/CEO, KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group. Mr. Kissel will accept the 29th Maxwell Award at the 2016 Printing Industries of Ohio • N. Kentucky’s upcoming Southern Region Banquet, held in January.

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