Booklet Binding Inc. (www.bookletbinding.com) and Team Services (www.teamservices.com) opened its new production center in Carol Stream, Ill. The facility is one of the industry’s few integrated production centers combining finishing, mailing, and packaging services under one roof.
With an additional 50 percent capacity, it is also among the largest marketing production, data, distribution and packaging centers in the country offering printers, marketing services agencies and their clients a combination of capacity, speed, redundancy and security.
Representing a $21 million capital investment, the 366,000-sq. ft. facility unites the operations of its two prior locations, Booklet Binding’s Broadview, Ill. bindery and finishing operation, and Team Services’ Itasca, Ill. data, direct mail production, mailing and expanded packaging operations, into a single facility.
“As we have done for the past 33 years, our investment in this center yields game changing integration and efficiencies for our industry. Our customers asked us
to do more, faster, better and cheaper, and the new facility delivers on that request,” commented co-owner Tom Patrevito.
“In these economic times, we recognize customers are relying on our efficiencies to remain competitive,” he continued. “They can’t compete using three or four production sources when they can use one secure facility designed to take full responsibility for the project, complete it under one roof and guarantee delivery.”
This new facility will permit ongoing expansion into finishing, mailing and packaging, as well as sophisticated data management and modeling services, allowing the operation to serve as a channel bridge as customers seek to better integrate highly targeted traditional direct marketing efforts with various online marketing activities.
The facility’s customized floor plan provides for continuous production, increased production capacity, expansive inventory management capability, comprehensive physical and data security, and sophisticated data services, among other efficiencies, and a scalable hand assembly and packaging operation. The highly secured, independently audited facility is certified for couponing, value loaded cards, and customer data.
“The one thing that hasn’t changed is the vast experience of our people,” said co-owner John Kosowski Sr. “While the facility, technology and machines give us superior capability, it’s still the experience and innovation of our staff that produces the flawless execution our customers enjoy.”
While the companies will continue to operate as Team Services and Booklet Binding Inc., respectively, the single facility will provide comprehensive marketing production, data and distribution services to clients, including:
- Data Services (hygiene and enhancement, modeling and analysis, programming, presorting, and email campaigns)
- Packaging (automated assembly, sealing and wrapping, as well as custom assembly)
- Lettershop and Personalization (direct mail and plastic cards)
- Finishing (die-cutting, saddle stitching, perfect binding, folding and cutting)
- Distribution (mailing, fulfillment, drop shipping and bulk shipments)
As the industry continues to experience recession-driven consolidation, the firm expects to continue to invest in various expansion opportunities. “We are actively looking for opportunities to better serve the marketplace either by scope or scale,” said Kosowski.