Kenny and Terry Vink recently purchased a long-time Great Bend business and one of the first goals has already been achieved - a smooth transition for customers and employees, Kenny said.
The Vink brothers are the new owners of Golden Belt Printing, 1125 U.S. 281 Bypass, which has been a Great Bend fixture for 33 years. The name has been changed to Golden Belt Printing II LLC.
“Golden Belt Printing has an excellent reputation in central Kansas and we will continue that legacy,” Kenny said. “We are taking care of customers with the same quality service they expect and deserve.”
The Vinks, who also are co-owners of Office Products Inc. (OPI), became interested in Golden Belt Printing when their long-time printer retired.
“He ran two offset presses for OPI’s printing jobs,” Kenny said. “We wanted to continue with this aspect of the business and the best way to do that was to make Golden Belt Printing part of the family.”
Roy Myers, the previous owner, “has operated the business for years with quality employees and state-of-the-art equipment,” Kenny said. “We want to build on what he started.”
The best part about the transition, Terry noted, is that the employees are staying and a new one has been added.
Those employees are Mike Niles, general manager; Tom Rose, pre-press specialist; Eric Franzen, finishing manager; Kathy Franzen, mailing clerk; and Bernice Wooding, bookkeeper.
Dana Allison is filling the graphic artist position.
“This is a great team,” Terry said. “We are gratified the veterans wanted to stay and that Dana accepted the graphic arts job.”
So far, a new Canon high-speed, large-production copier has been installed. In the near future, a large Canon Image press machine will be added.
“We want to assure customers that we will continue to meet their printing needs – whether it be letterhead, newsletters, brochures or business cards,” Terry commented. “They can still walk into Golden Belt Printing II or contact us at OPI. Whatever is best for them.”
General Manager Niles, a 22-year veteran of the company, said he and his colleagues are pleased the Vinks bought the business.
“We are very happy with this transition,” Niles said. “Golden Belt Printing will continue to provide comprehensive printing and mailing solutions, plus great customer service.”
OPI is located at 1204 Main in Great Bend, 516 Broadway in Larned, and 724 N. Main in Russell.