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P-O-P Star KDM

Cincinnati shop's customers range from food retailing giants to regional and national corporations.


By Peggy Middendorf

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Whether a customer is looking for banners, floor graphics, window clings, end caps, wobblers, shelf strips, hanging mobiles, aisle displays, posters, counter mats, literature holders, tent cards, or decals, if it's point-of-purchase (P-O-P), then KDM produces it.

Leveraging its competencies and experience in large-format inkjet, screen printing, and offset, the Cincinnati-based company has become a one-stop shop for all-things P-O-P. Not only does it print the graphics, but it also finishes the printed banners and displays, assembles store kits, mails them out, and stores extra graphic elements.

KDM's customers range from food retailing giants to regional and national stores and corporations. They all rely on the print provider to deliver graphics to their stores throughout the country-sometimes on tight 24-hr turnaround timeframes.

The best of all worlds

Founded nearly 40 years ago as a screen-printing company, KDM was purchased by one of the original founders and his wife. 'It started as many entrepreneurial ventures do,' says Tom Kissel, KDM owner and purchasing manager, 'in a less-than-desirable neighborhood where the rent was cheap, with equipment that was more than slightly used, and the unwavering commitment to grow by taking care of the customer first. Everyone wore a lot of hats, and not only was dinner late sometimes, but vacations were sacrificed to meet deadlines.'

Year by year, the shop expanded, and the technologies it used changed with it. In the early 1990s, it added a Gerber vinyl cutter, and then brought in HP and Encad digital printers in the middle of that decade. By 1998, KDM decided it had outgrown its location and built a state-of-the-art 150,000-sq ft shop in northern Cincinnati. It added commercial presses in 2001 and then, in 2003, added its first flatbed printer-an EFI Vutek PressVu, complementing it with a second PressVu shortly thereafter.

Since then, KDM has done nothing but get bigger and busier. Still family-run, this second-generation-run company's mantra has been to 'do the impossible,' often offering same-day or 24-hr turnaround. To accommodate the rapid-fire job pace, the shop employs a crew of 250 staffers working three shifts per day, five days per week (and weekends as necessary).

With three printing technologies under its roof, KDM is able to offer customers the best of all print worlds. Having print options available allows it to attract and keep all printing aspects of jobs in-house.


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