A Lancaster printer that was flooded out by Storm Desmond in 2015 has merged with a Kendal company, occupying ground beyond the reach of the flood prone river Lune.
The merger between Pagefast Print & Publishing and MTP Media will also allow Keith Simpson, who founded Pagefast in 1986, to retire. The move will ensure that the business can confident about maintaining service levels to customers, even if the river levels reach those from three years ago. On 5 December that year the company was 1.2 metres under water.
Pagefast was out of action for seven months as a result of the flood and clean up activity. It installed a pre owned Komori S529 following the wash out, but the company was not confident that it could support customers no matter what. And despite plans to install a flood wall along the river Lune, the experience left scars and with Simpson heading for 70, he has bowed to pressure to retire.
The companies know each other well. MTP Media was one of the printers that handled work for Pagefast while it was unable to print. It has a five-colour B2 Sakurai as well as digital, both cut sheet and large format printing. It also runs a design studio and copywriting service for clients and has a small mailing line at the other end of the process.
The move became official on 1 November.