Tech print shop closes to make way for research

A mechanical hum that has long filled Texas Tech’s on-campus print shop went silent this week.

The shop’s walls, lined with industry award plaques and artwork only a few weeks ago, stood bare Thursday morning as staffers hauled display cases, desks, chairs and computers outside to waiting trucks.

After serving many of the university’s printing needs for the better part of the last century, Tech’s Print & Design Solutions, or PrintTech, has closed its doors.

“The reality of it all,” Randy Smith, who has headed the department for the past eight years, noted Thursday morning behind a desk in a skeletal office that once belonged to another member of his staff. His own office had already been emptied. “It’s difficult to see it all disappear after all these years.”

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