The Graphic Village Story
From a Humble Start to State-of-the-Art
Times have changed, and so have we. The former Bramkamp Printing Company is now a multichannel marketing services provider. Today’s Graphic Village does far more than fill print orders.
We offer the broadest array of capabilities under one roof in this region, from comprehensive print, direct mail, packaging and promotional items to digital advertising, websites and content for publications. As a full-service marketing partner, we provide proven marketing strategies to engage your target audience and grow your business.
Print Industry Innovator
Our story dates back to 1921, with the founding of the Bramkamp Printing Company. Started by William Bramkamp, we quickly established ourselves as an industry leader when we installed one of the first Heidelberg presses in Cincinnati. More innovations and more new technologies followed. Soon we were a fully integrated printer offering commercial printing; digital printing and copying; printing specialties such as foil stamping, die-cutting and embossing; an in-house bindery; technical consulting; and warehousing, mailing and fulfillment services.
By 2000, we had outgrown our original downtown Cincinnati location. Bramkamp Printing Company, purchased by Larry Kuhlman and Kevin Murray in 1998, set up shop in Winton Place, occupying 21,000 square feet in a building on Gray Road. We quickly outgrew that space as well, relocating to our current Blue Ash headquarters – and more than tripling our square footage – in 2008.
Full-Service Marketing Partner
The Graphic Village vision originated with then owners Kuhlman, Murray, Jeff Hudepohl and Bob Smith, who understood it can take a village to bring a brand alive. The concept was formalized in early 2013, shortly after Eric Kahn, our current CEO, purchased Bramkamp and two other companies, DocuPros and CTS Packaging, on the last day of 2012.
The idea was to become a one-stop shop for virtually all types of print and digital marketing services.
Since then, we’ve expanded from 30 people to nearly 150, fueled by several strategic acquisitions and the purchase of our groundbreaking Scodix Ultra2 digital enhancement press. In fact, four key acquisitions in 2017 and 2018 alone have allowed us to significantly deepen our client relationships and expand our portfolio of services. EMI Network, a 35-year-old content marketing and creative services firm, joined the Village in February 2017. Everything’s Image, purchased six months later, provides apparel decorating services to the advertising specialty industry. Crest Graphics, a Cincinnati-based graphics communications company, became part of the GV family in December 2017. Finally, Multi-Craft, one of Greater Cincinnati’s most venerable and respected graphic communications companies – and one of the area’s largest woman-owned businesses – joined us in February 2018. With these acquisitions, Graphic Village is now the largest independent print marketing company in the region.
Meet Our Executive Team:
- Eric Kahn
- Executive Chairman
- Patrick McMullen
- Chief Executive Officer
- Mark O’Bryan
- Chief Operating Officer
- Larry Kuhlman
- Jeff Hudepohl
- Executive Vice President
- Kevin Murray
- Executive Vice President
- Angela Young
- Chief Human Resources Officer
The More Things Change …
Much has changed since the Bramkamp Printing Company first opened its doors for business.
Digital printing and other technological innovations have transformed the print industry – and our company – in ways that would have been inconceivable to William Bramkamp and his customers. Among other advances, jobs that once would have taken seven to 10 days can now be completed in 24 to 48 hours.
But for all the changes, much has remained the same. Eye-catching design, engaging content and strategically targeted communication are still the foundation of any successful marketing program. They still have the ability to educate, enlighten, entertain and persuade. And print is stronger than ever, powered by cutting-edge digital technology that allows for a once unimaginable degree of personalization and customization. So we think our full-service, multichannel approach makes a lot of sense.
What’s next for Graphic Village? The goal is to keep growing, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. We will continue to pursue additional businesses in the regional marketplace, both in the same spaces and in unique spaces.
At Graphic Village, we’re always working to bolster our clients’ marketing efforts and boost their ROI.