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From its humble beginnings in 2002 as a small copy shop with just two full-time employees, The Printing Express has grown into a premier printing company now known as PXI and it now has nearly 50 employees.
PXI has never forgotten its roots, however, and though it still has a passion for printing, it now offers more communication and marketing services, some of which were acquired during the pandemic of 2020.
The service-oriented firm continues to print ink on paper, in formats such as magazines, postcards, books, and door hangers (think political campaign products), bumper stickers, campaign buttons and push cards.
But it has also invested nearly $5 million in new equipment and can now handle envelope manufacturing (unheard of in the industry) and die cutting. It has a full-service digital department, a sign shop, an apparel shop (to handle screen printing and embroidery), and it can also create keeper promotional products such as magnets, decals, pens, bottles, coasters and cups.
Need a professional-looking yard sign or banner? PXI can print it easily on its wide-format printing machine. With a high-speed, ink-jet sign printer that owner and company president Mike Meredith bought for $200,000 smack dab in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, PXI can handle most jobs without outsourcing the work to other companies, where PXI loses control.
Mike Meredith, who owns the company with his wife, Rebecca Meredith, believes PXI has been successful, and was able to weather the uncertainty of Covid, because “he always treats his employees as well as he treats his customers.” Though he had to lay off most of them at the start of 2020, his company rallied to have its best year ever financially, and he has rehired almost all of the laid-off workers.
He has also taken pains to ensure that his facility is kept modern and up-to-date, and that he and Rebecca aggressively seek new customers.
“My wife and I also firmly believe in being charitable,” Mike said, so they regularly give back to the community of Harrisonburg. It’s not uncommon to find the two donating to the local police department or other community partner to “even out the karma.”
With PXI’s full complement of equipment in-house, PXI can take any job from concept to completion while keeping the customer’s brand and needed wishes at the forefront of the job.
Not sure what a finished product will look like? PXI’s has add-on services that can help.
PXI offers expert graphic design and creation of print-ready files. It can color correct or color match any copy, and the company even offers fulfillment services to eliminate customer processing, inserting, and mailing-list concerns.
PXI is proud of its new state-of-the-art digital services, and it knows that having the right tools means customers will get faster services at better prices. Come see why PXI outsources very little of its work and has grown into one of the Shenandoah Valley’s leading communication/print specialists.
When customers have a commercial printing job, there is no better-equipped and customer-driven staff than at PXI, formerly The Printing Express.
Contact Aaron Smith, PXI’s general manager, or Mike Meredith at 540-433-1237 with questions.