Garrido Printing Equipment opens factory training center
Miami-based Garrido Printing Equipment has been in the same location since Diego Garrido first purchased the warehouse bay at 7258 NW 66 St in 1989. He quickly tripled his space when he acquired a dual unit next door in 1992, then in 1996 bought the other side unit. Over the years, this is where Garrido slowly built a business that would one day become a force in the packaging industry.
Garrido’s sons Juan and Nicolas joined the company in the late 90s and early 2000s. His vision was to open a packaging division to focus on the US market through partnerships of distribution. In 2007, the Advantage Machinery line of equipment was formed and introduced at PACK EXPO Las Vegas in 2009. Slow and steady organic growth followed. Garrido expanded its customer base and distribution base, and with that, sales began to increase. With the increase in sales, emphasis has been placed on the foundation, service and support of the company. The parts room was starting to fill up and the stock machine storage area was getting tighter. At the start of 2021, Garrido had the opportunity to purchase another two-door warehouse. This unit would help with increasing storage levels. Shortly after the acquisition of the new warehouse, the intermediate warehouse became available. The Garrido family jumped at the chance to be able to connect all the warehouses. The new warehouse would serve a much larger purpose.
Garrido had a vision to have a first class training and testing facility. The warehouse was converted into a large FAT center where distributors and customers could send their technicians to train on the Garrido range of equipment. In addition, this area can be used for testing machines before shipment. When training and testing are complete, the conference room offers many comforts and conveniences not normally seen in these environments. Garrido wants his partners to feel comfortable and at home. The conference room was designed with a fusion of classic and modern decor. “When we came up with the idea for the conference room, we knew how practical it had to be, but we imagined it to tell a story of our company,” said Nicolas Garrido. “As we look to the future, we not only need to remember where we come from, but we want everyone we do business with to know our family history as well. We decorated the conference room with artifacts from our company’s printing equipment heritage. We had a bespoke conference table made which we filled with old types of printing, some dating back to the 1800’s. We have original marble printing plates and original letter presses on display. Collages of images from our early days line the room. As our father retires, we want him to feel that the company will retain the same principles and work ethic that he experienced. We have this opportunity today because of the way he did it!