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Priority Envelope was founded in 1996. We started with two Halm Jet presses, five employees and a 15,000 sq. ft. building. Our deep desire to provide extraordinary customer satisfaction has been the basis for our success. Today, we have grown to three locations, a 85,000 sq. ft. building in Plymouth, MN, a 96,000 sq. ft. building in Nevada, IA, and a 38,000 square foot building in Lenexa, KS. We have over 200 dedicated employees with a sharp focus on success! We will settle for nothing less than perfection when taking care of our customers. GUARANTEED!

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We are constantly working to help your project arrive on budget – and on time. Behind the scenes – from quoting, design, prepress, fulfillment – and delivery. Priority Envelope has a team of over 200 employees working to make sure your project delivers smoothly.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. Priority Envelope continues to make investments in the newest technology available. We offer a full range of envelope converting equipment, including up to 4-color ‘enhanced’ flexographic printing for all your custom envelopes, as well as 4-color offset (Jet) printing for standard size products. It’s our promise to grow and invest in technology, in order to satisfy our customer needs.

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USPS prices are going up in 2017. First Class mail goes from 47 to 49 cents on Jan. 22, with other products seeing varying price increases.

On Tuesday, the PRC approved all postage raises USPS requested, except for Special Services price adjustments. The PRC filing says the commission didn’t receive information about those requests in time.

“Barring any unforeseen issues,” reads the PRC filing, “the commission expects to issue the separate order well in advance of the expected January 22, 2017, implementation date.”

So market-dominant price increases are slated for First Class mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services, as direct mailers subscribing to the GrayHair Newsletter learned matter-of-factly on Wednesday.

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Catalogers got a better deal in this PRC decision than they did from the original USPS proposal, says Hamilton Davison, president and executive director of the American Catalog Mailers Association. In his email to Target Marketing on Wednesday, Davison says, “for instance, the PRC order highlights a USPS explanation ‘that feedback from catalog mailers indicates that mailers have significantly reduced the number of pieces sent to potential new customers in FSS zones due to cost mitigation strategies.’ That ‘feedback’ came directly from the ACMA.”

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The USPS has a program called the Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mail Piece Engagement Promotion. It runs Feb. 1 through July 31, 2017. You earn a 2 percent postage discount. This is for Standard and Nonprofit letters or flats. Print elements can be incorporated into direct mail to engage a multi-sensory experience through special visual effects, sound, scent, texture/tactile treatments or even taste. In addition, interactive features such as pop-ups, infinite folds or other dimensional creations also qualify — try this out and save on postage!

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Our new W & D 249 Booklet/Catalog envelope converter is on it’s way to our Iowa facility. We are looking forward to converting larger envelopes at dynamic speeds with printing up to 3 colors. Call us at 763-519-9190 to speak with your local sales representative. We are excited to be able to offer our clients this service. We should be producing by mid-late June!

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Priority Envelope is pleased to announce the pending arrival of a new W & D 627 Blank Fed converting machine. This machine will provide our customers with continued speed of service along with extraordinary envelope folding precision. This machine also provides us with additional double window capability for our clients. Our 3rd machine of this generation is due to arrive mid-August

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October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC—October 2, 2014—The Postal Service Governors have decided to maintain current product and service prices and not seek a market dominant price change at this time.

Because the Postal Service has announced price change proposals in September and October for the past three years, mailing industry representatives and others have been waiting to hear whether a price change would take effect in January 2015.

“The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have decided not to seek a price change for mail and shipping products and services in January,” said U.S Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer, “in part, because of the uncertainty regarding the exigent price increase. This means that the current pricing of postal products and services will remain in effect through the holiday season and early part of 2015. The Board will continue to evaluate pricing strategies and will communicate about any potential price change filings in early 2015. As always, the postal service will provide customers advance notice of any price changes.”

Partenheimer added that current prices will remain in place and the exigent postage rate increase of 4.3 percent is still slated to expire in the second half of 2015, after it brings in $3.2 billion for the USPS.

Partenheimer also noted that the USPS continues to fight the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) ruling that the exigent rate increase will be cut off at $3.2 billion.

“Among other things, the postal service’s position is that the PRC improperly and artificially truncated the amount of relief to which the postal service was entitled as a result of the Great Recession,” he pointed out.

Partenheimer said he doesn’t know when the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will rule on the postal service’s appeal of the PRC’s order.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe reportedly announced during Wednesday’s Association for Postal Commerce meeting, that March 2015 is the earliest an increase could happen, reported GrayHair Software.

In the meantime, FedEx is raising rates on package delivery in 2015 by 4.9 percent on Jan. 5. On Dec. 29, UPS will use “dimensional weight…to calculate the billable weight of all UPS Ground packages.” USPS hasn’t yet disclosed if it will increase prices on package delivery for FedEx and UPS.

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We are happy to report that our Iowa facility has installed our second W&D 202. This machine is the fastest running converter in the world and sits alongside our 1st 202 installed earlier this year. Each of our 202’s can run up to 1600 envelopes/minute and print 4 color process flexographic in-line…..

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Priority Envelope is proud to announce the installation of 2 new blank-fed 627 envelope converters at our Minneapolis location. These new machines have nearly doubled our speed and capacity. With speeds up to 900 envelopes per minute, we can now complete your job even faster. Of course, we always put quality first!

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Priority Envelope is proud to announce the installation of 2 new web-style 202 envelope converters. These new machines allow us to convert envelopes at speeds up to 1600 per minute. This means we can get your job done even faster without sacrificing the quality of your envelopes!

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Written by Jamie Morgan

Make no mistake, Priority Envelope is certainly a manufacturer of envelopes. But its executives say that what the company really sells is service – a quality, on-time solution to meet its customers’ needs. Envelopes are simply a byproduct of that focus.

Founded in 1996 by owners Paul Siegle and Ryan Wenning, Priority Envelope manufactures custom-made high-volume and web-produced envelopes, litho printed converted envelopes, imprinted envelopes and stock envelopes, and offers an array of specialty services. Priority Envelope’s clients include printers, trade brokers, letter shops and companies with a need for customized envelopes. Eighteen years ago, Priority Envelope started out with two Halm Jet presses, five employees, a 5,000-square-foot building in Minneapolis and one focus – the customer.

“One thing our company has changed as far as the envelope industry is that it was based more on a manufacturing model in the past,” Vice President of Sales and Marketing Scott Johnson says. “Priority had a vision of changing that model from being manufacturing-driven to being sales-driven and selling to customers a quality product with incredibly compressed lead-times.”

That mentality has helped the company grow to what it is today – employing more than 200 people across three growing facilities. It operates its largest facility in Nevada, Iowa, which covers 96,000 square feet. It also runs an 85,000-square-foot plant in Plymouth, Minn., and a 38,000-square-foot facility in Lenexa, Kan. Its sales-driven strategy has led to targeted investments that have helped the company grow 40 percent in the past four years.

“We made a conscious choice as a company to invest in the newest technology available, which gives us better-quality runs, better run speeds and more consistency with the quality of the product,” Wenning says. “We also wanted to increase capacity so we could make the delivery dates customers are looking for. Delivery dates are extremely important in this industry and that remains a focus for us – making sure we hit the delivery dates our customers need to meet their direct mail requirements.”

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The last three years have seen the company make some big investments. In 2011, Priority Envelope increased capacity at its Iowa facility and invested $5 million in state-of-the-art equipment and printing capabilities. In 2012, the company turned its focus to Kansas and added a four-color process jet machine and converter to the facility. In 2013, Priority continues to invest in the future by significantly increasing capacity and capabilities with new equipment purchases and facility modifications. Total budgeted capital expenditures for the year exceed $10 million.

In early January, the Iowa plant received the first of two new W&D 202 high-speed envelope converters. This model is considered the fastest true web machine in the world and boasts print capabilities of up to four colors outside and one color inside with a running speed of up to 1,600 envelopes per minute. For its Minnesota plant, Priority Envelope expanded the facility by 18,000 square feet and invested in two new W&D 627 blank-fed converters. The first arrived in January. The company has also invested in infrastructure at the Minnesota and Iowa plants and installed new energy-efficient vacuum systems.

These investments follow Priority Envelope’s long-time commitment to purchase only the best equipment available to the industry. Siegle recalls the company’s earliest days, when it invested in what it thought to be reliable, gently used equipment, only to experience technical issues.

“Back in 1996 when Ryan and I started this whole process, we wanted to deliver consistent quality to clients,” Siegle says. “We bought two presses: one new, one used and one didn’t run very well. We made a commitment from that time on that when we purchase technology it will be new so that we can hit the ground running. We have lived by that commitment for 18 years.”

Priority Envelope’s pledge to buy the best equipment has helped it live up to its claim that the company is not just selling envelopes, but premium service levels. From top to bottom, selling a service is engrained into the company’s culture and Priority Envelope equips its employees with the proper resources to sell and deliver that service.

“It’s in the DNA of the company,” Johnson says. “From the time the phone call comes in to when we turn around the prices to when the product is delivered, it’s all about service. Our customer-service people, our plant supervisors – everyone is on board with it. We have really tremendous people that work really hard and we value them every single day. They’re dedicated. They’re focused. We give them the latest and greatest equipment that’s out there to help them succeed.”

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