Ample Industries was founded in 1968 by David Menzies and is still family owned and operated today. The first press David purchased was manufactured by Mark Andy; a narrow web press designed with rotary die cutting and for pressure-sensitive papers. Originally located in Springfield, Missouri the company slowly added personnel and services. Ample Industries and the flexographic method of printing has grown tremendously over the last four decades. Flexographic printing is now the fastest growing conventional printing process.
Ample's growth demands more space. The company is relocated to a custom built facility in Nixa, MO. In keeping with the vision of the founder of the company, Ample becomes one of the first printers to move from rubber to photopolymer printing plates significantly improving the quality of the labels being produced.
Ample Industries purchases a Webtron 1000 printing press. This new press is the beginning of the era of four-color process printing for the company. The company also grows due to the demand for fan folded and pin feed labels for desktop computers.
On a snowy April Fool's Day in 1991, the company moves a quarter mile down the road to a new facility that seems cavernous compared to the old building. Ample's 40 employees spend the weekend moving furniture, computers, and other items while large equipment movers transport eight flexo presses to their current home. It was only a matter of a few years before the building needed to be expanded to accommodate our growth.
Ample Industries enters the digital age with the purchase of a Jetrion 4000 at the year's Label Expo. The timing of the investment was perfect because as the economy dipped, the demand for less expensive, short run jobs increased. Two years later another digital press was purchased to keep up with demand and to add opaque white to the printing process.
This year marks the forty-ninth year of the company. There are now 56 employees, in the Ample family. Twenty-one of our 56 employees have been with the company for more than 20 years. Ample purchased a Mark Andy Performance Series P7 press in 2011. The P7 is the high-end, efficient solution for the most complex print applications In December 2015 we took delivery of an HP Indigo WS6800 digital press and followed that in October of 2016 with another P7 Mark Andy. We look forward to the future and the many changes in technology that will improve our efficiency and our quality. We are grateful to our customers' continued support as we move ahead and we're proud to say "We Label America."