Bart ‘n’ Print got its name from its founder
Steve Bright, known by his friends as Bartie. Steve was born in Bendigo
and begun his working career in printing. After Steve’s apprenticeship
in compositing he furthered his career at the Bendigo Advertiser (Local
Newspaper) and after six years, Steve started production for Bart ‘n’
Print from the back shed at his family home, equipped with three staff
members, a Heidelberg platen and a GTO 52. Hard work and determination
saw Steve move and expand to his first factory in View Street (CDB) Bendigo.
View Street is where he operated the business for a further six years,
expanding the establishment to incorporate the manufacturing of rubber
stamps as well and letterpress and offset printing. View Street also witnessed
the start of CAD (Computer Aided Design) with the Apple Macintosh computers
used for page layouts.
The move from View Street to Deborah Street (current location) was an
easy decision for Steve, as Bart ‘n’ Print’s business
was booming and required more floor space. Once Steve and the Bart ‘n’
Print team settled into the Deborah Street factory it was not long before
changes had to be made, the demand of work was starting to require more
staff and more equipment, this seen the introduction of another Heidelberg
GTO 52, Heidelberg Cylinder and another Heidelberg Platen. With the introduction
of the new machines floor space at the new factory was starting to be
sort after property, resulting in Steve having to take over and purchase
the adjoining factory. Not long after making a door way between the two
adjoining factories the work load once again told Steve it was time for
another machine. Another Heidelberg was the call, but this time it was
a two colour perfecting GTO ZP 52 with the Kompac dampening system. The
introduction of the image setter saw the old dark room become obsolete.
A huge step for the Bart ‘n’ Print team took part in the last
few months of 2000. When central Victoria witnessed Bart ‘n’
Print adopting state of the art technology when Computer to Plate (CtP)
was added to their artillery along with the addition of another new machine,
this time it was multi-colour, a new Heidelberg SM52 5 colour, now with
all this new equipment it was time for yet again another expansion, the
third and final adjoining factory was taken over by Steve purely to house
the SM52 and paper storage. Around the same time a Kompac system was added
to the newest GTO 52 and it was time for Steve to say good-bye to the
original GTO 52 that he started with some 25 years ago.
Today Bart ‘n’ Print have a work force of 13 full time and
4 casual staff, occupying 12,500 square feet of factory/ office space,
home to a Heidelberg SpeedMaster 52, Heidelberg CtP plate processor, 2
tower - 20 bin Horizon collator, stich & trim machine, Heidelberg
Cylinder, Heidelberg GTO 52, Heidelberg GTO ZP 52, Guillotine, Laser Engraver,
Folder, Laminator, two Heidelberg Platens, a Hamada, 8 current model G4
Apple Macintosh Computers, 2 IBM personal computers, HP Laser Jet CMYK
proof printer/ large format printer and many more computer based peripherals.
The various forms of work carried out by the Bart ‘n’ Print
team varies from basic one colour business cards right thru to multi colour,
multi page financial reviews. Bart ‘n’ Print offer a huge
range of different print styles, forms on a vast array of substrates.
Bart ‘n’ Print’s main production involves business cards,
letterheads, with complements slips, DL flyers (2,3 or more fold), invoice
books, receipt books, raffle tickets, envelopes (all sizes) and besides
all the various printing jobs Bart ‘n’ Print also offer rubber
stamps and laser engraving.