From 1992-1996, Ed Bernier worked for a leading Pre-press and Graphics company at their Exton Pennsylvania location. During his tenure there he installed the locations’ first digital pre-press workflow. In conjunction with the installation of digital pre-press workflow, he trained personnel, set procedures and standards establishing a profitable new digital division that increased throughput by 300%.
At that time, the Exton locations’ largest account was a large QSR and Food service company specializing in folding carton and paper cup printing and manufacturing. In 1996 an opportunity presented itself to establish a digital department within this company to grow sales, increase profitability and compete in the new emerging digital graphics world. Ed saw the opportunity as a unique and interesting challenge and took the chance to again start a new division. In late 1996 with one Mac and a team consisting of only himself, the new Digital Graphics division was born. The goal was to take a company that had seven plant locations sourcing art and graphics from different suppliers down to a single internal source. This reduced lead times from one month to one week. Within one year of inception, the plants had all been consolidated and lead times were averaging four days.
The next phase was to expand this Digital Graphics division into a full function pre-press and plate making operation. Equipped with latest equipment, digital systems and well assembled team this division went from doing pre-press for 150 jobs annually to 200 jobs annually plus 5000 square feet of plate material. By 2013 this division had grown to pre-press for 1200 jobs and 80000 square feet of plate material.