President Brian Quist said KCI picks up mail from approximately 300 companies in Michigan. Courtesy KCI
A 46-year-old local company is softening the blow of the recent postage rate hike for its hundreds of clients as it continues to procure and pass along lower prices from the U.S. Postal Service.
Kent Communications Inc. (KCI) was founded in 1975 by Phil Quist and Joyce Vugteveen as a printing and mailing company serving greater Grand Rapids.
Today, the company’s ownership has passed to Brian Quist, the son of Phil Quist and current company president, and KCI now offers design, print, mail and e-marketing services for organizations across Michigan from its location at 3901 E. Paris Ave. SE in Kentwood.
“One of the things that we do is we pick up mail from about 300 different organizations in the western/mid-Michigan area, so from Muskegon to Lansing, and from Grand Rapids north to Fremont. Every day, we pick up mail from either government, schools, companies (or) nonprofits, and we mix it all together, (sort it) and get postage discounts” after delivering it to the postal service, Brian Quist said.
USPS offers rebates for companies that pre-sort and meter mail at volume. KCI typically can save customers about 4 cents per envelope by serving as a go-between with its quality pick-up, sort and process services. The price of metered mail rose from 51 to 53 cents as of Aug. 29, …….