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The presses never seem to stop rolling at Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co., and the company will be even busier in the coming months.

The 115-year-old enterprise is in the midst of a $5-million capital improvements project at its facility in the Little Rock Port Industrial Park.

The project includes a 51,000-SF addition and $3.5 million in equipment, mostly in the form of a high-tech press unit from Italy. This will give DP&L five offset printing presses in all.

DP&L employs about 190 and is primarily in the business of printing publications and school supply catalogs.

"We anticipate at some point we will hire at least 12 more people to operate the new unit on a three-shift basis," reports Robert Hill, secretary/treasury of DP&L. "There may be more jobs created by increased bindery needs later down the line."

Bert Parke, president, and Tom Whitney, chairman, round out the leadership triad for the company. These executives acquired DP&L's 9.67-acre site in the Little Rock Port Industrial Park from the city of Little Rock for $58,020 (about 14 cents per SF).

Since building a 56,000-SF facility there in 1972, the company has added two press units and has expanded. Three shifts operate the plant daily.

PHOTO : JUST OFF THE PRESSES: Work is progressing on a $1.5-million addition to Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co. May Construction Co. in Little Rock is the general contractor on this design-and-build project at 6401 Lindsey Rd. Engineering Consultants in Little Rock is the project engineer on this 51,000-SF development, which should be complete in March. Worthern Bank & Trust in Little Rock is providing the financial package on this deal.
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Title Annotation:Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co.'s expansion plans
Author:Waldon, George
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jan 21, 1991
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