Jennings Print has been active in the Hunter business community for more than 40 years and celebrated its ongoing success with a move to a purpose-built complex in Beresfield.

Barry Jennings established the family-owned business in 1971 and operated out of a purpose-built factory in Church Street, East Maitland. 

Barry’s son, Mark, entered the floor as a printer’s apprentice and worked his way up the production ladder. He now serves as a hands-on manager and company director.

“Barry still comes in once a month to talk to the reps and give his invaluable input,” Mark said.

“He’s a smart operator and the systems he put in place 40 years ago still serve us well today. It’s remarkable how future-proof he’s made us.”

Despite the increasing domination of digital media and the struggles faced by the print industry, Jennings Print has defied the odds and expanded its operations in recent years.

“We outgrew our last facility and moved in here at the end of last year,” Mark said.

“I believe people will always enjoy having something solid to hold. In business, hard copy shows something has been checked, verified or registered.”

The list of clients utilising their services partly explains the remarkable strength and endurance of the business.

“The mining industry is one of our biggest source of clients, so we print a full range of safety related products for them,” Mark said.

“We’ve also worked extensively with the Greater Building Society and hope to continue that relationship. “They’re an important account for us and they’re local too, which we love.”

The simple strategies set in place by the founder and upheld by his son, including an emphasis on face-to-face contact and efficiency, have ensured that the Jennings printed product has been a mainstay in Hunter business.

“Not many businesses believe in face-to-face but we do,” Mark said.

“We have five reps, who are always on the road engaging with clients, one of whom – Stuart Nilsson – has been with us for 35 years.”

“Many of our staff are like family.”

 

Story and Photography thanks to Perry Duffin of the Maitland Mercury