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History

History of EPI

EPI was founded over fifty years ago in a 500 sq. ft. farm house in Battle Creek, Michigan. Founders Ike Mellema and Vern DeYoung started their small lettershop operation with a $2,000 loan and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. While that commitment to doing "whatever it takes" to satisfy our partner clients remains unchanged, EPI has steadily expanded upon our original print shop capabilities to include offset, flexo and digital print, direct mail, material distribution, promotion fulfillment, call centers, kitting and assembly, packaging and much more.

In 2001 EPI began further expansion of our service portfolio with the development of the EPI Group of affiliated companies. Today EPI is proud to offer our clients the full portfolio of EPI Group company services including those of the Duffey Petrosky marketing agency, Workforce Strategies Inc. (WSI) staffing and recruiting, Turnkey Merchandise Programs (TMP) and DeLano Services, producers of card games and board games.

EPI's history of profitable, sustainable growth has been rooted in our mission to service the current and emerging needs of our partner clients with entirely in-house capability. EPI is one of the largest marketing service providers in the country and continues to grow each year with this same mission at the center of our strategy.

Today, EPI Marketing Services, headquartered in Battle Creek, MI, succeeds on continuous quality in the marketplace.

October 1959

Founders Ike Mellema and Vern DeYoung launch EPI as Embossing Letter Service, Inc. in a 500 sq. ft. farm house in Battle Creek, MI.

1966

Embossing Letter Service changes name to Embossing Printers Inc. (EPI) and moves to rented 20,000 sq. ft. facility.

1972

EPI again moves operations to the existing 5350 Dickman Road, Battle Creek, MI location.

1974

EPI purchases first 38" inch press, a 5 color Miller perfecter

1976

EPI launches fulfillment operations under the name American Response & Measurement Company (ARM).

1983

EPI enters consumer promotion management with fulfillment of Kellogg's cereal box promotions.

1992

EPI acquires facility and launches existing 72,000 sq. ft. Livonia, MI print production facility at 13305 Wayne Road.

1992

EPI enters digital print market with purchase of first Xerox Docutech digital presses.

1993

ARM fulfillment is integrated into EPI.

1993

EPI purchases existing 120,000 sq. ft. promotion fulfillment and digital lettershop facility at 4956 Wayne Road in Battle Creek, MI.

1994

EPI constructs existing 80,000 sq. ft. Indianapolis, IN print production facility at 7502 East 86th Street.

1997

EPI constructs existing 140,000 sq. ft. fulfillment facility at 61 Clark Road in Battle Creek, MI.

1998

All EPI prepress operations convert to digital direct to plate production.

2000

EPI constructs additional 140,000 sq. ft. fulfillment facility at 65 Clark Road in Battle Creek, MI.

2001

EPI purchases and relocates corporate functions to 5404 Wayne Road in Battle Creek, MI.

2002

EPI obtains ISO 9001:2000 Certification.

2003

EPI partners with Workforce Strategies Inc. (WSI) staffing company to service EPI and partner staffing and recruiting needs.

2006

EPI partners with Duffey Petrosky marketing agency to extend service offering to partner clients.

2007

EPI and Duffey Petrosky launch Turnkey Merchandise Programs (TMP).

2008

EPI obtains Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification at all EPI print production facilities.

2009

EPI purchases Delano Services - a printing company specializing in card games and board games.

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