The Evolution of Spectrum
Our continued growth and expanded quality earned us numerous industry awards. For five consecutive years, we were in the Sir Speedy Million Dollar Club, and consistently ranked in the Top Ten Sir Speedy franchises worldwide. We were honored as a “Quick Print Giant” by Quick Print Products magazine, and consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 quick printers nationwide by Quick Printing magazine.
From 1999 to 2012, we were designated one of the Top Commercial Printers in the region by The Washington Business Journal. The BCC Chamber of Commerce also named us its “Business of the Year”. In 2013, we achieved one of the great honors of our industry when were named to the list of 400 top commercial printers by Printing Impression Magazine. Along the way we have been fortunate to win many awards for our quality and services, including multiple PGAMA best-of-show awards.
In January of 2001, we decided to move beyond our beginnings as a quick print franchise, and venture forward as an independent, full-service printer; Spectrum Printing & Graphics. After 2 ½ years of growth and success, we felt that the best way to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations was to merge with McBride’s Printing & Graphics of Gaithersburg, another high-quality print shop.
Beginning in May of 2003 we united the considerable capabilities and exceptional personnel of the two established companies into one. This acquisition allowed us to increase our offset printing capabilities, and venture into the world of direct mail and mail shop services.
In our efforts to respond to our customers’ increasing requirements, we merged with Pinnacle Printing of Rockville in the summer of 2004. This move allowed us to expand our services to include quality four-color offset printing, complete in-house bindery, and broadened mail and fulfillment shop.
In our continued quest for high-quality service and greater productivity, in the summer of 2005, we moved to merge our two locations into one. We relocated our Bethesda digital on-demand facility into the newly expanded Rockville production plant, and added a Kodak NexPress digital press to our equipment lineup. This allowed us to have all our extensive equipment and knowledgeable staff under one roof, to provide you with the best possible products and services.
Next, we merged with Decatur Press of Rockville in the spring of 2008. This strategic alliance added experienced staff, scope of equipment, and we dramatically enhanced the quality of our work. It also allowed us to decrease the time needed to deliver satisfaction to our valuable customers.
We grew again in the summer of 2010, when we added key talented staff and increasingly diversified equipment in our merger with EPS Printing of Rockville. This step was instrumental in expanding our bindery and mail shop, along with helping to fill out our roster of impressive and knowledgeable employees.
In January 2013 we completed our largest equipment acquisition to date, with the addition of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster 74-5 color press. Its in-line aqueous coater and Axis color control allow for the highest consistent quality of offset printing available. This aquisition allowed us to attain our G-7 color certification. We also expanded our color digital printing capabilities and bindery finishing offerings including UV coating.
In late 2014 we experienced further growth into new market segments with the expansion of our wide-format printing department. We added an EFI Vutek UV Wide-format hybrid LED flat bed printer with 2 channel white ink, 2 Epson GS 6000 eco-solvent printers, Colex Sharpcut cutter/CNC router, wide format GBC laminator and a Graphtec vinyl plotter cutter. This comprehensive equipment line-up allows us to print on a wide variety of substrates, cut custom shapes and produce amazing signage customized to your needs.
In 2017 we continued to emphasize the importance that we place on customer service and prompt deliveries by adding two new delivery vehicles. We also added the latest in digital color printing with the addition of a Ricoh Pro C9100 Digital Color Production Press. This machine allows us much greater production speeds, thicker paper stocks to print on, a wider variety of substrates to choose from and sheet sizes up to 13″x 27″ for those oversize brochures, all with vastly improved quality and consistency. We also greatly enhanced the quality and speed of booklet making in our bindery with the acquisition of a Horizon Stitchliner. We now produce booklets up to 120 pages in size with crisp folds and perfectly trimmed edges in much tighter timeframes.
In early 2018 we also further enhanced our mailing department by adding an Oki Data digital 5 color (CMYK+White) digital envelope printer to decrease envelope production time and allow our customers the option of beautiful full color envelopes at very affordable prices. We were even able to decrease our overall mail processing time and increase our customer’s postal discounts through updated NCOA/ move update software and intelligent barcoding. We also amplified our online PDF proofing and approval system to incorporate a number of innovative features for added functionality and robustness.
We are always striving to enhance our customer’s experience so stay tuned for our next innovation and equipment acquisition!
Please contact us and discover how we can partner to help you to meet your printing, mailing, signage and graphic design needs.