In 1932 that belief was prevalent when Lawrence, "Tommy" Tompkins started
the company. In the midst of the Great Depression and employed as the
national sales manager for Kluge Letterpresses, he saw the need for a
service based company to support those customers.
He left Kluge and opened the doors for Tompkins Printing Equipment Company
on Dearborn Street in the heart of Printers Row in Chicago.
Tompkins is very proud to be in its 87th year as the most established Printing equipment dealer in Illinois. A family owned business, presently managed by the 3rd generation and a full service dealer with a parts and service department second to none. We are all dedicated to superior customer service.
Tompkins first opened our doors in 1932 at 608 S. Dearborn in the heart of ‘Printers Row’ in downtown Chicago. Their primary business was rebuilding letter presses and related equipment. Within a short period of time they grew to move into larger facilities at 705 S. Dearborn. The changing printing technologies and business expansion in 1945 again had them move to even larger facilities at 712 S. Clark Street. In 1976, under his sons Larry and Bob Tompkins moved to their present 26,000 SF location in Schiller Park.
Their enterprising spirit lead to several partnerships with major finishing manufacturers. Today Tompkins handles the world’s finest digital imaging, bindery and digital finishing, providing both sales and service support for all types of equipment. Products such as: digital printers, offset presses, small and large format printers, CTP, UV coaters, spot coaters, cutters, collators, shrink wrap systems, folders, gluing systems, drills, stitchers, laminators, automated material handling systems, computer automation control systems - virtually everything for small, medium and large printer. Tompkins showroom displays a million dollar inventory of both new and used equipment in our Schiller Park facility.
We represent Arpac, Astro, Baumfolder, Brackett, Challenge, C.P. Bourg, Clamco, CWT Worktools, Deluxe Stitcher, Duplo, Glunz & Jensen, GMS, Kompac, Morgana, Microcut, Saber & Prism, Sackel, Rosback, Streamfeeder, Tec Lighting, Vivid, and Xante, just to name a few.
Today the 3rd generation leadership of Steve and Bill, have maintained those manufacturer relationships and continue to expand with new partnerships and newer technologies. Tompkins appreciates it's many customers and manufacturers who have helped it's growth throughout the long company history.
I called this morning to let them know the Acme stitcher was down and your service gentleman is already here!!
What wonderful service!
Thank you again and Chris for getting someone out here the same day! Wow!!! impressed!
Thank you so much for selling us the Bourg booklet maker and for the
excellent training that Scott provided!
We were able to set the equipment up yesterday and run a difficult order that the Bourg did an excellent job of running.
Thank you again - it has been our pleasure to work with you!
I'm very happy to say, I think we achieved that goal. I know why Tompkins has been in business for 80 years, you definitely are service orientated to your customers. Please feel free to use Muncie Novelty as a reference. I will personally vouch for Tompkins Printing Equipment any way I can!
Just wanted to let you know we appreciated all your help in expediting our getting the Morgana BM-350 Booklet Maker and AutoCreaser 33 Pro in a timely manner. They're both working great! We're hopefully looking forward to getting good performance from both machines for many years to come!
With less staff and still needing to provide booklet making services to maintain sales it became apparent I find a new booklet maker. Certainly, I wasn’t excited about spending the money but losing existing work was out of the question. I also needed a reliable, automated and productive machine that could run without as much operator input. (Seems to be a common goal in post COVID business.)
After some research, I decided to order a machine made by Duplo from Tompkins Printing Equipment. The machine was half the cost of the first one I bought 18 years ago. The new machine is tiny in all aspects. However, it is highly intuitive and can produce a significant volume. It eliminates the need for 10 separate bins to collate and simply feeds from one small unit called a sheet feeder. Because our jobs are printed digitally nowadays, we simply run the book pages in reverse order put them in the booklet maker and when it picks up the sheets it reverses the order to the correct sequence. The sheet feeder delivers a precise/ programmed number of sheets to the saddle stitcher, then to the knife folder and then to the face trimmer. It’s very quiet, has modest speeds but is proving to be far more productive than the machine it replaced. And that alone will keep the gray hairs off my head.
It uses ultrasonic waves to detect double sheet errors. It also provides a positive electric charge to each sheet before entering the booklet maker thus eliminating static electricity and the problems associated with it.
Unfortunately, the first job on the new machine couldn’t have had more difficult specifications built in. First it was a 48 page book, 3000 books thus being 36,000 sheets of paper. The paper is coated and very susceptible to static electricity issues. The number of pages was too great for us to face trim the edge of the book on the old booklet maker. This one does it with ease and quietly. Here’s a couple of videos from some work I did this afternoon. Thanks for letting me share.
When it came time to replace a smaller Challenge cutter, we started looking into a larger cutter. We had been researching an upgrade for a while, and we discussed the Saber with Tompkins. We first saw this cutter a few years ago at the last print show in Chicago, and were very impressed. It was on our wish list and while it was a much bigger machine and larger investment, we felt the products it could handle and speed would help improve our production. Lucky for us Tompkins had used 54” Saber Cutter on their floor, and after the comparisons and history of the cutter they gave us, we decided to move forward and purchase this great cutter.
We are very happy with the Saber and the support from Tompkins.”
Mark Turk, President International Label & Printing
“The Xante EnPress has helped me remove all offset production equipment and become fully digital”
“The Xante EnPress has allowed me to produce my envelopes/invitations much faster, less expensive and more easily than ever before”