Innovation, job creation, in East Dorset

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EAST DORSET — When Julian Joffe established Pad Print Machinery of Vermont in 1995, he hoped that it would grow and expand in its Manchester home. Now, the company looks to expand its East Dorset facility for the second time in five years — and hire additional employees to fill that space.

Joffe, a native of South Africa, spent countless hours in his father's workshop as a child. Though he earned his degree in zoology, the entrepreneur eventually went on to lead his family's textile machinery business, emigrating to the United States in the mid-eighties.

A decade later, Joffe made his way to Manchester. It was there that Pad Print Machinery of Vermont really began to take root. In 2003, the company outgrew its downtown location and embraced a new 22,500 square foot facility off of Route 7A in East Dorset. The facility added an additional 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space in 2015 in light of steady growth. A year later, Pad Print Machinery of Vermont was purchased by Xaar; a corporation founded in Cambridge, England in 1990.

Pad Print Machinery, now more commonly known as Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS), currently fosters a team of over 70 employees ranging from engineers to customer service professionals.

This spring EPS will add an additional 12,000 square feet to their manufacturing facility. In light of that expansion, to be completed in June, Joffe hopes to hire an additional "five or six" employees between now and April, 2018.

"Obviously we need more people to compliment that space," Joffe said, adding that positions for engineers, cost accountants, and purchasing professionals will be available. "The whole idea here is to actually bump up our revenues so we can push more machines out the door."

Those machines are primarily pad printers, most often used to print on three-dimensional products. In addition to the five or six positions that their expansion will allow, Joffe says he also hopes to hire an additional three employees for EPS' machine shop, where designs from the company's engineering department come to life.

"At the moment we farm out probably a full 50 percent of our manufacturing component-wise, because we build little pieces that build machines," he said. "We're trying to bring that work in-house so we can produce more efficiently, and at a lower cost."

Joffe says that as EPS continues to grow, he hopes that more employees will join their team. Those positions are likely to be across the board, he says.

"If you think of a typical manufacturing corporation you have people that work at the high level, engineering and designing the product, but as you move out there are people in assembly, purchasing, customer service," Joffe said. "All of the different departments, as the company grows, will require more people."

The company is "very discerning" in their hiring process, he adds, though they're open to fostering the growth of employees as well.

"Obviously we need a certain level of skill, but we always have interns that we're looking for," Joffe said. "We have a great intern now that we're hoping is going to stay full time."

EPS is able to utilize the benefits of being owned by a global company, he explained, and provide both leadership and educational training for employees. As the machines they produce cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million, the salaries aren't too shabby either, says Joffe.

"What we're doing is bringing people in, seeing where else they can go, and help them climb the ladder within the organization," he said. "We try to build from within."

For more information, visit https://www.epsvt.com/.

Reach Cherise Madigan at cmadigan@manchesterjournal.com, or by phone at 802-490-6471.

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