Kirkwood was established as Kirkwood Technical Publications in 1973, when founder Kirk Krikorian bought a used one-color press, rented space in Burlington, MA and began printing documentation and technical manuals for a small group of software and high-tech clients. During the Boston technology boom that followed, Kirkwood added equipment, expanded to offer full-color printing and moved to larger quarters in Wilmington, MA, all to service the growing demand of these core accounts. Many printing companies in New England followed this business model. Most of those companies failed when the 70’s tech boom fizzled. What allowed Kirkwood to thrive was the establishment of a culture of quality that permitted Kirkwood to pursue work beyond the technology sector. Through the eighties and nineties, Kirkwood added loyal clients in the financial services, education, medical products, consumer goods and
In October 2004, the company was purchased by Bob Coppinger, Eddie Kelley and Will Winship, three veteran and very successful sales people from Acme Printing, along with John Cummings, founder of Image Scan of Providence, RI. With their own lists of loyal clients, the three immediately added new business. In addition, the established Kirkwood sales team began to generate significant sales growth. By year’s end, Kirkwood was recognized as the fastest growing sales organization in the Boston Business Journal’s list of top twenty printers. There were also important awards for manufacturing quality. At the annual Craftsman’s and Litho Club dinner, Kirkwood received an extraordinary 22 Bow Tie Awards, including 11 First Place trophies. One of those awards was presented for printing of the 2004 Courier Annual Report, which was also recognized as a finalist for Sappi Printer of the Year honors. In June, at a dinner ceremony in Quebec City, Kirkwood won the prestigious Gold Medal as Sappi North American Printer of the Year, for the Courier report. On October 20, 2005, in Shanghai China, we were named an International Printer of the Year, the only US company so honored, this year.