Queen City Company Expands Footholds in the Printing Industry with New Tech


The Greater Cincinnati area has always been home to a diverse group of industries that have helped the area economy to boom over the last several decades. Home to industry giants such as Fifth Third (financial services), P&G (consumer goods), Kroger (grocery), AK Steel, the city continues to grow in the range of manufacturing shipments available to business clients and public consumers alike.

But how does the economy of a Midwest city continue to expand at such a rapid rate? Industries that grow with the times.

Publishing and printing are no stranger to the economic energy of industry in Cincinnati, providing materials for local and national businesses alike. One company is continuing to make waves in this industry.

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the inclusion of informative leaflets with all pharmaceutical packaging, Flottman Company became a pioneer in the industry and produced some of the first miniature folded physician and patient inserts.

The Flottman Company is a third generation, family owned and operated printing company specializing in the production of miniature folded and printed pharmaceutical literature. Originally founded by F.E. Flottman in 1921, the company was crafted from the Molitor Stove Company as an independent print and marketing services provider. In 1973, the company relocated across the river to Northern Kentucky. Since then, they have moved into a 20,000 square-foot facility in Crestview Hills

In February, the company increased productivity and capabilities by more then 30 percent with the installation of the Stahlfolder TH82, displaying a commitment to keeping up with the times and product demand for consumers.

The Stahlfolder TH82 at the Flottman Company.The Stahlfolder TH82 is a unique and versatile high-speed folding machine boasting hundreds of fold configurations, including parallel, right angle and gate folds. This modernized printing approach will help to reduce set up times with as few as four clicks, meaning more efficiency and production time available. In its initial test run on the production floor, the Stahlfolder TH82’s produced twice the quantity of pharmaceutical inserts needed and in a fraction of the time allotted.

In developing what they call a “family of businesses,” Flottman has continued to expand its footprint beyond pharmaceutical field as well.

Rxperts Printed Packaging Group (1996) provides the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries with one-stop access to a complete line of folding cartons, labels, inserts as a full-service packaging provider. FUSIONWRX (2015) is one of the most recent developments for the company, focusing on marketing engagement and activation to communicate organizational brands in a unique way. FUSIONWRX has assisted in branding organizations ranging from St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati to P&G and the Cincinnati Reds.

This year, they also updated their website, making it more user-friendly and with a contemporary feel. The new and improved site contains more than 100 images that serve as portals to access different areas of the website. It is completely mobile-friendly and accessible on any device.

With the new design, it also is easier for customers to request samples or a project quote. The quick response form is easy to complete and instantaneously reaches the development team at Flottman Company.

Emphasizing the 40-plus years of printing and publication experience, the Flottman Company continues to make waves in performance success, receiving 2 Silver and 6 Bronze Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries Association of Northern Kentucky and Ohio, meaning an award for each submission that was made in 2017.

Currently, printing from the company ranges from pharmaceutical inserts, cartons and labels to commercial folded printing for cosmetics, pet care, marketing and more.

For more information about the Flottman Company and the range of services available, head over to https://www.flottmanco.com/.

Read more articles by Erin Pierce.

Erin Pierce is a contributing writer for Soapbox, and a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University.
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