In the last two years, Mainline Printing has upgraded our booklet makers to Plockmatic SD-500s. They can handle 100-page+ booklets and can turn out finished pieces at up to 960 booklets per hour.
Production with our new booklet makers allows for reduced turnaround times — they’re able to take on booklet jobs with higher page counts without having to use the costlier perfect bound method. This also allows for individualized variable data.
Topeka, KS – On July 13, 2022 Topeka and Shawnee County’s Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) board approved an incentive agreement that will aid in the expansion of Mainline Printing, an internationally recognized, family-owned printing and packaging business that includes Mainline Holographics and Mainline Signs.
Previously referred to as “Project Tree,” this expansion is expected to result in an estimated economic impact of $104 million over 10 years, with Mainline projected to make a $10 million capital investment over the next five years. The expansion will create up to 20 new full-time jobs with an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits. The performance-based JEDO incentive for this project is up to $250,000, resulting in a 298% return on investment.
“I’ve been impressed with the entire incentive process, as well as current efforts to keep momentum rolling in the Topeka area,” said John Parker, Jr., Mainline’s chief operating officer. “It has been incredible to work with our local and state government partners. We’re thankful to Molly and her team at GO Topeka and the team over at the Kansas Department of Commerce for helping make Mainline’s expansion a reality. As a family business that has called Topeka home for more than 60 years, Mainline is excited to carry on that legacy, as we continue to create new opportunities for employment and advancement.”
“I am pleased Mainline Printing recognized the strength of the Kansas workforce, which allows the company to continue innovating right here in Topeka,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Mainline is a made-in-Kansas success story that keeps getting bigger.”
“Mainline has become a staple in Topeka, and the funds approved today are a testament to their success and plans for growth,” said Aaron Mays, JEDO chair. “I look forward to seeing this expansion unfold, bringing new jobs to our community and generating further economic impact.”
“We’re excited to see Mainline take this next step in the company’s journey,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “They are true community partners, and the jobs and additional capacity coming to fruition through their expansion will undoubtedly contribute to local economic prosperity.”
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bob Ross at 785.234.1030 or Bob.Ross@TopekaPartnership.com
About Greater Topeka
The Greater Topeka area in Shawnee County represents a community of 178,909 people and is located in the Greater Kansas City region. As the state capital of Kansas, Topeka is home to a dynamic employer base. Companies headquartered here include Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Advisors Excel, Security Benefit, Capitol Federal and Evergy.
About GO Topeka
GO Topeka creates county-wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic-development strategy that capitalizes on the unique strengths of the community. GO Topeka operates under the Greater Topeka Partnership and is the leading economic development agency in the area. For more, visit gotopeka.com
On October 1, 2020, Mainline Printing of Topeka, KS announced the purchase of the print assets of Go Modern. Go Modern, also located In Topeka, KS, is owned by Advisors Excel, and currently provides printing, marketing, and promotional product services to customers across the US.
The integration is expected to take 3-6 months and will include moving 17 Go Modern employees to Mainline Printing’s facilities, bringing Mainline’s total staff to 90. The rest of Go Modern’s staff will remain with its promotional products division.
“Printing is not our core strength; rather, our skillset aligns with marketing and promotional products,” said Advisors Excel Co-Founder Cody Foster. “With Mainline’s size, capacity, and experience, they are the perfect choice to take over the printing side of Go Modern.”
The purchase, which will add four digital presses to Mainline’s existing two Konica Minolta digital presses, will expand the company’s existing digital, variable data, mailing, and wide-format offerings.
“The addition of Go Modern’s print assets is a fantastic strategic opportunity for both companies,” explains John Parker, Jr., COO of Mainline Printing. “Mainline’s customers will be able to take advantage of our expanded digital capacity as well as mailing, variable data, and wide-format printing while Go Modern’s customers will now have direct access to Mainline’s best-in-class offset printing capabilities and capacity.”
Mainline Holographics now offers a revolutionary new product that may transform the way brand owners, packaging engineers, and designers use holographic board, paper, or labels for packaging or print collateral.
Up until now, holographic paper, board, or label stock has been created by embossing an image or pattern into metalized poly film. But over the last year, Mainline has developed an exclusive technique for applying a high-refractive index (HRI) coating to the poly film. This new coating provides a white, rather than gray metal appearance to embossed holographic patterns.
“By using this new surface, luxury brand owners, such as those in the confectionery, cosmetics, fragrance, and even the fine liquor markets, will be able to elevate their packaging and print collateral in ways they’ve never before imagined.” says Mainline Holographics’ National Sales Director John Tillinghast.
Like their standard metalized holographic offering, Mainline’s 60+ stock patterns are now also available in the new white background in 16-24pt 28 x 40” sheets or in 80# litho up to 40pt.
And if a customer wishes to alter an existing pattern—or create their own unique design—that can be accomplished as well, on either the standard metalized poly film or the new white HRI coated poly.
“Mainline’s new white holographic option is subtle yet vibrant,” says Mainline Holographics’ COO John Parker Jr. “Since it mimics the look of white board or paper, designers will be able to develop an entirely new canon of special effects by applying varying levels of inks or coatings to its surface.”
In March 2020, Mainline Holographics launched a new holographic pattern specially designed for the ever-expanding Cannabis and CBD oil industries. Composed of a repeating series of varying sizes of marijuana leaves, the pattern is shim-line free so is well suited for use in packaging, print collateral, and labels/security seals. As such, the pattern may be of most use for Cannabis dispensaries, CBD oil companies, growers, or even artists and musicians.
“It’s an honor to be the first company in the US to provide the Cannabis industry with a distinctively unique option for packaging, print, and labels,” says Mainline Holographics’ COO John Parker Jr.
Although the new holographic design is currently stocked as 28 x 40” sheets of 16, 18, and 24pt board, it can be cut to size or applied to label stock, security seal wafers for packaging, and even to paper for printed collateral, such as promo flyers or direct mail campaigns. And if a customer wishes to alter the Cannabis pattern, Mainline’s team of holographic experts can adjust the existing design—or can create an entirely new one—to meet one’s branding needs.
Unlike most other holographic companies, Mainline has no minimum order requirements, and can warehouse jobs for customers currently experiencing supply-chain bottlenecks, reduced hours of operation, or temporary closure.
“Our Cannabis pattern is so eye-catchingly beautiful,” explains National Sales Director John Tillinghast, “that consumers won’t be able to resist picking up the package or product for a second (or third) look. This sort of enhanced experience will undoubtedly increase sales and grow brand awareness.”