Brian Cross, one of imageData Group’s longest serving employees, is set to retire. He has spent all of his working life in the print trade. In 1966 he did his apprenticeship as a Letter Press printer and has never looked back since.
He has seen a great deal of change in printing over the years.
“In the early days print machines had no electric motors, you had to “treddle” them by foot and hand-feed the paper. Back then, I would never have dreamed that I would be working with the huge, highly automated Komori 1040 litho press that I run today.” Brian commented.
Brian began working for the Company back in 1989. He was one of the first employees taken on when Roger Birkin set up Image Colour Print in 1989. His first job was looking after a Roland four colour press printing the colour backgrounds onto which new barcode technology was over-printed for some of the major UK retailers.
“One of the reasons I have enjoyed working for imageData Group is that Roger has never been afraid to invest in the most up to date equipment and has always been ahead of the market in terms of innovation in digital technology.” Brian continued.
After a stint away from the company, Brian returned in 2001. His new role involved training up apprentices; some the staff he trained up are running the presses on the factory floor today.
So, what will Brian miss printing when he retires?
“The thing I will miss most when I retire is the craic with the team – they are a great bunch of people to work with. I won’t miss the early morning starts or the late evening finishes!
“But, I’ve got lots of things on my list of things to do with all my spare time. I’m a big rugby fan so I’m going to get a season pass for Hull FC and I would like to take up fishing again. The whole house needs decorating – I’ve been putting it off until I retire. Soon I’ll have no excuse! I also want to go back to the Caribbean – St Kitts and Cancun are on the list.” Brian concluded.