Investment by family owned business helps Maine manufacturers

State’s only commercial-grade inkjet printer meets pandemic communications needs

During a large-scale crisis, communication can become a matter of life or death. At Franklin Printing in Farmington, recent investments in new equipment mean that medical supply companies, pop-up clinics, health care firms and other businesses have been able to print labels, signage, and packaging quickly so that they can get vital information out to the public. Maine MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) was on hand for Franklin Printing to make sure that these transitions happened smoothly.

During the pandemic, medical product manufacturers in Maine and beyond have needed fast, flexible and accurate materials that reflect the constantly evolving situation. To meet those needs, Franklin invested in a commercial-grade inkjet printer capable of variable printing at high speeds and with digital accuracy. Low set-up costs means that Franklin can work with both large national companies as well as local mom-and-pop businesses requiring small print runs. Client Ric Schneider of COVID-19 diagnostic test manufacturer Abbott (IL) said that during the pandemic, Franklin Printing “met and exceeded the printing challenges Abbott faced with dogged determination, creativity and flexibility.”

Franklin’s new printer is so large that it required building an addition to the facility and rearranging the layout. To help with that daunting project, Franklin brought in Maine MEP. Maine MEP project manager Wayne Messer worked with the staff on systemic layout planning, using data to develop a new plan to ensure that the space is used efficiently so that the printing processes are improved. Layout planning helps to reduce costs and maintain quality.

David Nemi shows Wayne Messer the new equipment.

Franklin Printing is a third-generation, family-owned business, committed to its employees and to the earth, and it takes great pride in its bright, clean and healthy facility. Its facility is 100% wind-powered and its paper goods are FSC-certified, and many of its staff members have been with the company for over 20 years.

Wayne Messer says, “Franklin Printing is innovative and strategic in their business decisions, and it’s great to work with a company who invests in equipment and the training needed for their employees. The family provides excellent jobs and opportunities for people in Franklin county and that trickles down to the whole community.”

A true Maine success story, Franklin Printing is run by Greg and Dick Nemi, sons of the founder, Joseph Nemi, and now Greg and Dick’s own children also help manage the business. One of the most technologically-advanced printing companies in the Northeast, Franklin’s newly expanded in-house capabilities mean that they can print anything from canvas banners to vinyl or plastic signs, and can also handle mailings, packaging, embossing and other services. Franklin is always glad to take on new clients from Maine and New England.

Maine MEP is proud to work with companies like Franklin Printing. Maine MEP’s mission is to facilitate economic development in Maine by providing needed services to Maine’s manufacturers, helping them become more efficient, productive, profitable and globally competitive. Maine MEP provides free on-site assessments and can link clients with local and national expertise. To find out more, contact Maine MEP at or visit the website at