Kodak Boosts Reseller Network by Reconnecting with Columbus-Based Murphy Company

“Driven by rapidly-growing customer demand for SONORA Plates, Kodak and the Murphy Company in Columbus, Ohio plans to drive sales to meet the demand generated by the tremendous growth of SONORA Plates in America, we need to build a brand new world-class plate manufacturing line in our Columbus, Georgia plant,” noted Brad Kruchten, KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates remove the plate processing step completely, without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates. SONORA Plates enable more printers than ever before to enjoy the environmental and economic benefits of a process-free plate. “We see the shift toward SONORA Plates growing to a very significant volume,” said Robert Price, General Manager of Kodak’s Worldwide Plate Operations. “It is important for us, Murphy Company, LLC, to partner again with Kodak, an industry leading graphics printing supplier. We built the Kodak product line together over 50 years ago in Central Ohio and we are ready to do it again,” said Patrick Demkovich, Vice-president of Sales. Murphy Company is one the leading graphic arts suppliers for Ohio and the Midwest.

Columbus, Ohio, Murphy Company, LLC, May 12, 2014 - Murphy Company has been serving customers in the Midwest since 1947, offering a wide range of consumables and services for the graphic arts industry. Now, as part of Kodak’s Silver Reseller Network, Murphy Company is increasing its offerings to include the full line of KODAK Solutions for workflow, prepress, and packaging applications.

The Silver Reseller Network features highly trained and experienced channel partners who are committed to and aligned with Kodak’s vision for the graphics business. Silver Resellers carry Kodak’s full portfolio of solutions and services for prepress and packaging customers across the United States and Canada.

In addition to the outstanding customer service and technical expertise that Murphy Company has always provided, its customers will now have access to a more robust line of solutions to optimize efficiency and ensure the highest quality output. The company continues to work with customers to determine and integrate the best solutions to meet their specific requirements.

“We are very excited to reestablish our relationship with Kodak and offer our customers a wider selection of market-proven solutions for their complex production needs,” noted Patrick Demkovich. “Our founder, Bud Murphy, was the reason Kodak became an option for the Columbus and Midwest market. He brokered the deal that brought Kodak to Central Ohio over 50 years ago. For nearly 70 years, we have helped our customers navigate change and seize new opportunities by providing the best products and service. Our commitment has never been stronger — so becoming part of the Silver Reseller Network was a logical step for us and Kodak. With this connection, we are well positioned for the future.”

Innovative products now offered by Murphy Company include KODAK SONORA XP Process Free PlatesKODAK ACHIEVE PlatesettersKODAK PRINERGY Workflow Solutions, and KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systems, to name just a few. Its customer base includes all of Ohio, including new markets of the bordering States of Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The graphics customers benefit from this new relationship and the easy availability of KODAK Solutions from a trusted local source.

“Kodak is focused on growth across all of our product lines, and committed to our long-standing dealer program,” said Dan Burmeister, Kodak’s Indirect Sales Segment Leader, U.S. and Canada. “We are looking to maintain and add strong representation in all regions.  Murphy Company provides us an excellent sales and distribution partner in Ohio and the Midwest, U.S.A.”

Silver Resellers help ensure that Kodak maintains more localized inventory, local distribution, enhanced sales coverage, and improved access for customers.

About Murphy Company

Murphy Company has served the printing industry and the Midwest for close to 70 years. The Murphy brand cornered a niche in the graphic arts supply business. They offer the latest products available that are backed by a knowledgeable, and highly trained technical team. Murphy Company is an Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for many well respected brands; including new 3D products. It works diligently to provide world-class, industry leading products from prepress systems, pressroom products to finishing systems and technical service and support. In addition, Murphy Company is the leading Authorized Reseller of dictation solutions with Olympus and Philips for over 40 years. For additional information on Murphy Company, visit MurphyCompany.com, Twitter @MurphyComp, or “LIKE” on Facebook at MurphyCompany

About Kodak

Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com, Twitter @Kodak, or like on Facebook at KodakNow.

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