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October 27, 2023
KIRKWOOD EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE LARGE FORMAT PRINTING INDUSTRY WITH THE ACQUISITION OF DGI INVISUALS
Fueling Growth in Visual Communication Solution
WILMINGTON, MA, October 27, 2023 – Kirkwood, a premier full-service integrated communications provider, and DGI Communications, a premier full-service audio visual and technology solutions proudly announce the sale of DGI’s Invisuals print division to Kirkwood. Since 1994, DGI Invisuals has been a distinguished leader in the field, and one of the largest provider of large-format and graphic solutions in New England. This noteworthy development underscores Kirkwood and DGI’s shared dedication to meeting their expanding customer requirements while maintaining a leading position in the ever-changing landscape of their core businesses. Following the transaction, DGI Communications will remain focused on growing their rapidly expanding audio-visual integration, consulting and technology business.
Established in 1994, DGI Invisuals has consistently delivered high-quality visual communication products and services, serving a diverse range of industries, including retail, government, finance, education, healthcare, architecture/LEED certifications, corporate, ad agencies, museums, sporting venues, food service, vehicle wraps, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and non-profits.
Robert Coppinger, Chief Executive Officer at Kirkwood, expresses enthusiasm about the acquisition: "We are thrilled to welcome DGI Invisuals to the Kirkwood family. This partnership aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering exceptional communication solutions. By joining forces, we will continue to elevate our services and provide our clients with the highest level of quality and customization. In addition, we look forward to collaborating with DGI Communications as a trusted partner for AV and technology solutions."
Mike Walsh, CEO of DGI Communication echoed that enthusiasm, stating “DGI has grown tremendously as a regional and national leader for audio-visual technology and integration. This transaction helps us to enter a new phase of growth for these core businesses. Kirkwood shares Invisuals’ focus on providing world-class printing services on-time and on budget with an unwavering client focus. Kirkwood is an ideal home for the DGI Invisuals team, and we look forward to continued partnership between our organizations.”
Kirkwood and DGI Invisuals share a common vision of empowering businesses and organizations to effectively communicate their messages and brands. Together, they will provide innovative and dynamic solutions that meet the unique requirements of various industries, ensuring clients' messages resonate with their target audiences. This expansion will enhance Kirkwood's capabilities and offerings, allowing clients to benefit from an even wider array of tailored solutions for their communication needs.
For more than 15 consecutive years, Kirkwood, established in 1973, has been recognized as one of the top printing companies in North America by Printing Impressions Magazine. Constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship, Kirkwood has been a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) printer since 2008.
Kirkwood is a leading provider of high-quality printing, packaging, large format & promotional product solutions. With a commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Kirkwood serves a diverse range of clients, including businesses, organizations, and individuals. The company's state-of-the-art facilities and experienced team ensure the delivery of outstanding print products.
About DGI Communications:
DGI Communications is a nationwide systems integrator specializing in commercial audiovisual systems. Since 1994, DGI Communications has connected people and space through the design, install and support of audio-visual technology and graphic solutions for some of the largest and most respected organizations in the US.
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March 30, 2023
Vice President, Pharma Division
KIRKWOOD LAUNCHES NEW STRATEGIC PHARMA DIVISION
Jesse Kohler to lead new division while continuing to provide hands-on support and strategic thinking to the firm’s clients
Wilmington, MA, March 30, 2023 – Kirkwood, the full-service integrated communications provider, announced the launch of its Strategic Pharma Division, which will leverage the firm’s unique expertise in the rapidly evolving print communications needs of the pharmaceutical industry to drive greater value for its clients. Jesse Kohler has been tapped to lead the new division, taking on the title of Vice President, Pharma Division, as she deepens her focus on meeting the day-to-day, often complex needs of the firm’s bio/pharma clients. Kohler will also continue her role as liaison between Kirkwood and Jet Mail in their partnership for all pharma fulfillment and distribution.
Kohler, who has been with Kirkwood for nearly two decades, will continue to work directly with clients, supporting them from product conception and strategy through design and distribution. With direction from Kohler, Kirkwood has built a dedicated and experienced sales service team to help her continuously improve and streamline the company’s customer service model, which will continue to prioritize Kohler’s ability to bring her strategic thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills to each bio/pharmaceutical client.
“Launching this Strategic Pharma Division will empower our team to deliver even stronger value for our clients in the bio/pharma industry. Personally, I’m excited about this new role because I’ll have the opportunity to continue to work directly with my clients – which I've always found to be incredibly fulfilling – while leading a team that will position our firm for accelerated growth in this important industry,” Kohler said. “Our Division’s new structure will provide more opportunities for me to work closely with each client on creative ways to engineer, develop and deliver their products, and I’ll be backed by a sales service staff with decades of experience to optimize our efficiency and create more value for our clients.”
“After 18 years of working in the bio/pharmaceutical sector, it has become crystal clear that we need to harness our firm’s robust capabilities and target increased support for this part of our business. With her industry expertise and leadership skills, Jesse Kohler is the perfect person to run the new division,” said Chuck Colvin, EVP/Partner, Kirkwood. “Our bio/pharmaceutical vertical continues to expand thanks to Jesse’s proven track record of navigating, growing and maintaining this business. During her tenure, she has handled more than 75 drug launches, supporting her clients as an extension of their marketing team.”
With rapidly evolving regulations and changing patient expectations impacting the pharmaceutical sector, it has become increasingly important to partner with firms that deeply understand the industry for communications, printing, packaging and other patient engagement needs. Kirkwood's new Strategic Pharma Division will include an experienced team devoted to sales, support, packaging design and promotional print, along with marketing, business development and distribution through the Jet Mail partnership.
" In taking on the responsibility of overseeing our Pharma Division, Jesse will continue to meet the complex needs of our bio/pharmaceutical clients while also increasing this segment of our business,” said Mark Nappa, Kirkwood Chief Sales Officer. “She has demonstrated an impressive ability to help customers launch new drugs into the market by providing print materials to help educate healthcare professionals and patients on specific drug indications. Her training in health sciences, biology and marketing combined with her 18 years of sales experience makes her the right leader for our team.”
Kohler was a student in Quinnipiac University's nursing school when a marketing course changed her career trajectory. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, including a double minor in biology and marketing, she joined Kirkwood in 2005. Kohler lives in New England with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she plays competitive tennis and coaches lacrosse.
For 10 consecutive years, Kirkwood, established in 1973, has been recognized as one of the top printing companies in North America by Printing Impressions Magazine. Constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship, Kirkwood has been a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) printer since 2008.
Wilmington, MA, December 29, 2022
We are pleased to announce that Michael T. Marconi, has been hired as the Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic. Michael has had an extensive career in graphic arts and printing, with over 25 years of in-depth experience at premier printing companies on the East Coast working with luxury marketing campaigns. His success is attributed to a skillset based on understanding and servicing luxury brands and the luxury real estate markets. He also has a keen eye for color and post-press applications, which improves production efficiencies. Prior to Kirkwood, Michael was President of Brilliant Graphics and Studio and was credited with fostering exponential growth at Consolidated Graphics.
Michael has tremendous depth and breadth of printing experience with iconic brands, an innovative lens on what high-end clients are looking for, and a compelling track record of delivering premier projects for many of the top companies in the country”, said Mark Nappa, Chief Sales Officer, Kirkwood. “Pairing his distinctive expertise with our extensive capabilities allows us to increase a sophisticated sales effort in Metro New York and the surrounding areas.”
Michael joins Kirkwood as the Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic to continue Kirkwood’s recent success providing business services to many of the top companies in America and Europe. Michael comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within Kirkwood and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive client portfolio. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top-quality printing, excellent customer service and the most comprehensive equipment list”.
Throughout his career, Michael has always helped his customers produce the most amazing work, on time and on budget. We are excited to see amazing projects from new designers, running through the Kirkwood presses in 2023.
Wilmington, MA, October 13, 2022 – Kirkwood, is proud to announce and welcome Ellen Nager-Barden has been hired as a Senior Account Manager. Ellen will be responsible for supporting Kirkwood’s customers in our Wilmington, MA manufacturing facility. In addition, she will be working with outside vendors, building solid customer relationships, and ensuring projects meet deadlines and client expectations.
“Finding someone with Ellen’s extensive experience in the printing business is critical to keeping the world-class print experience, for our customers. We have grown to the point where it became clear that we needed to increase our customer support team – Ellen’s knowledge, and get-it-done attitude, made her the perfect fit at Kirkwood,” stated Mark Nappa, CSO, Kirkwood
With more than 30 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, Ellen has experienced all the technological changes which have happened over the past 3 decades, giving her a true “printer” perspective. She came to the Kirkwood team from Spire/Coefficient, where she wore multiple hats. Previously, she held the position of Print Production Account Specialist at RR Donnelley, Bedford, MA.
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Wilmington, MA, August 29, 2022 – Kirkwood, is proud to announce and welcome Patrice Drake has been hired as a Senior Account Manager. Patrice will be responsible for supporting Kirkwood’s customers for our Wilmington, MA manufacturing facility. In addition, she will be working with outside vendors, building solid customer relationships, and ensuring projects meet deadlines and client expectations.
“We have grown to the point where it became clear that we needed to increase our customer support team – someone with extensive experience, a get-it-done attitude, and Patrice was our first choice,” stated Chuck Colvin, Partner, SVP
She comes to the Kirkwood team from RR Donnelley, where she held numerous positions for more than 20 years. Previously she held the position of Customer Service Representative at ACME Printing Co.
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Recent RIT graduate Nicole Saunders has joined commercial printer Kirkwood and is currently working her way through various departments in the company under the mentorship of its managers. The goal is to determine where she feels she can deliver the most value and where her true passions lie. This is a great story that can encourage others to pursue a career in graphic communications.
(Wilmington, MA) Kirkwood welcomes Nicole Saunders as a Print Team Associate. Nicole joins Kirkwood with a zest for becoming a graphic arts full-time employee, after interning with the company a few years ago.
Her education and activities have included graduating from Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School and a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science, Media Arts & Technology, and a minor in Flexible Packaging. During her college experience, she had multiple co-op internships, throughout the Northeast. “We are thrilled to have Nicole on board, she’ll bring a fresh perspective and approach to the Kirkwood team. Nicole has demonstrated that working in the graphic arts industry was non-negotiable dream.
The date we at Kirkwood have feared, yet anticipated, for years is finally upon us: Bob Riseman is retiring.
Bob’s passion to deliver for his customers is the legacy he leaves our team, who embrace his dedicated approach that grew not only his business but our deep community of devoted clients. Bob’s groundbreaking work in identifying what the customer needed before the customer knew they needed it has had a significant effect on the success of the team he was a part of. “There were so many moving parts in the printing business, I was able to participate in the creative process and learn how to shepherd projects through. I really enjoyed teaching and mentoring the business to graphic designers,” said Riseman.
When Bob joined Kirkwood in 2005, he had already had an extensive, 29 year career in the printing business. Riseman began his career selling office supplies for Monroe Stationers & Printers, later Moore where Bob sold business forms. In the 1980s he moved to Adco and began to sell commercial printing. During these early years, Bob worked for many companies, including Congraf, Nimrod, and Universal. It was during this time that he fell in love with the business, just as it was rapidly evolving. “So many of the companies I worked for were gobbled up during the late 80s and early 90s by acquisition. I was happy to land at Kirkwood, knowing these guys would never go down that road,” said Riseman.
As Digital and Large Format Manager, he will be responsible for technical evolution and continuous process improvement across Digital offerings and teams. “Doug’s extensive experience managing the activities of a quality control group will be critical to the growth of Kirkwood. We are thrilled to have him on board,” stated Bob Coppinger, CEO, Kirkwood.
Prior to joining Kirkwood, Doug held positions as VP of Operations, Director of Quality Control, Plant Manager, and Prepress Manager / Lead Computer Graphic Artist for several large companies including Universal Wilde, Cenveo, Color Graphics-Mail Well, WE Andrews-Wallace Corporation, and Munson Advertising and Design. Doug attended El Camino College in California. He is trained in Lean / Six Sigma (Green Belt Certification).
Please join us in welcoming Doug to the Kirkwood Printing team. Feel free to send messages of congratulations and inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly will be responsible for the leadership of marketing, developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions for customer needs in internal and external capacities.
A well-known figure in the graphic arts industry with 25+ years of experience, Molly has held various creative and marketing positions including agencies, printers and a papermill. Recently, Molly had responsibilities for National Accounts at Mohawk Paper, where she was responsible for the growth of the New York City market.
“Molly has a proven record of facilitating long term business relationships with both customers and industry luminaries. Her strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance Kirkwood’s ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products to the marketplace,” stated Mark Nappa, Chief Sales Officer.
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We are pleased to welcome Janet Kelly to the Kirkwood Sales team. “A seasoned professional with a wealth of knowledge and vast expertise, Janet will be a wonderful addition to the sales team at Kirkwood. Janet will be responsible for growing sales in the Northeast corridor of the US. Her love of the industry coupled with Kirkwood’s capabilities, make her the perfect to addition to the organization,” stated Mark Nappa, Chief Sales Officer.
Prior to joining Kirkwood, Janet was a top-producer for Universal Wilde, Westwood, Massachusetts. Janet was an NCAA Collegiate golfer who loves integrating golf with business. Currently, she is a member of the Women’s Golf Association at South Shore Country Club.
“I enjoy working directly with designers and production managers at the very beginning of a project—this is where I can add the most value. Suggesting papers, special treatments, appropriate page counts and sizes, along with folding options and mailing requirements are all areas where myself and my team of experts at Kirkwood can assist. I love this business and am thrilled to be calling Kirkwood my new home,” says Janet.
Feel free to send messages of congratulations and inquiries to: JKelly@kirkwoodus.com
Following its continued growth plans, Kirkwood is pleased to announce the addition of a Heidelberg CD102 press with UV print capability. This new press will provide for faster turn times, a wider range of printable substrates, and more options for customers who print on uncoated stocks but desire spot treatments.
Kirkwood has a long history of innovation and this additional capability expands the Kirkwood service platform as a logical single source supplier.
Kirkwood is pleased to announce the release of the new Mobile app for Winthrop Massachusetts. At a luncheon hosted by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, on Monday July 18th, Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo announced the launch of the new app to a crowd of over 100 attendees and other public officials that were in attendance. A Winthrop resident himself, DeLeo said that the App would be the first of its kind in Winthrop connecting the community on a larger scale with the Chamber of Commerce, the Office of Economic Development and tourism.
The speaker was instrumental in helping the Chamber of Commerce secure some of the initial funding for the App development, through a state sponsored program.
Betsy Shane, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce was on hand to share her vision for the app with the community at large and to let everyone know that is now available for immediate download at the Apple and Google Stores.
Winthrop is a “best kept secret” in Boston. There is plenty of great shopping, lodging and restaurants in this quiet town. With the new App, all of the information a traveler or community resident could need is available on the app with GPS mapping and turn by turn directions from your location to your desired destination. In addition to navigation, the app is filled with deal & coupons from local businesses that are not offered anywhere else.
With its beaches, parks, historical attractions, and general history, Winthrop is only minutes from Boston. Winthrop offers spectacular views of the Boston skyline, and amazing sunsets.
Kirkwood is a full service graphic communications company that specializes in high end offset, digital, and wide format printing. In the same way that Kirkwood has built a reputation in the printing business, the company with over 200 employees is equally focused on bringing value by building smart communities in the mobile publishing space.
A little about ourselves
Kirkwood is focused on providing undeniable value to our clients at every turn. We’ve been serving the New England print buying community for years, building our organization by providing the highest-quality printing available; taking on jobs that many companies couldn’t handle; and providing a meaningful, memorable customer experience. That’s why companies, institutions, designers, and agencies keep coming back: They feel the Kirkwood difference, they see the Kirkwood difference, and they want the Kirkwood difference. Some of the most discerning brands have come to rely on our commitment to excellence. For most, it is a lifestyle