ACROSS the nationAugust 2002
EDEN PRAIRIE—Challenge Printing has purchased a Bobst SP104-ER diecutter and a Bobst Media 100-II Version A-2 folder/gluer.
MINNEAPOLIS—Merit Printing, a 30-year-old commercial printer, has added the capabilities of a fully integrated SPEKTA CTP system.
JEFFERSON CITY—Von Hoffmann Press has installed a Muller Martini CB-16 compensating counter/stacker at its production facility here.
SAINT LOUIS—Die Cutting Diversified is the first U.S. customer to purchase the new Bobst SP Evoline 102-E Autoplaten diecutter. Along with the SP Evoline, the company has also added a new Bobst Media 100-II A2 folder/gluer. Die Cutting Diversified does trade finishing and POP displays.
FAIRFIELD—A new Fujifilm FINALPROOF digital proofer has been added at Northeast Impressions. The 30-employee shop caters to the financial, pharmaceutical, agency and entertainment markets.
BROOKLYN—The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, a legal organization in use by Jehovah's Witnesses producing Bibles and Bible literature, has added a Muller Martini Bravo-S perfect binding system.
NEW YORK CITY—Darby Printing & Litho, a 75-year-old printing company based here, has announced the formation of Re:Solution Printing. The new company, based in Somerset County, NJ, supports a growing group of customers based in New Jersey.
WHITESTONE—Chinese-language newspaper The World Journal has installed a Muller Martini Valore saddle stitcher to finish a new tabloid-sized magazine the company has begun publishing.
CHARLOTTE—Cadmus Communications has completed the installation of a new Rollem TR die-scoring system at its facility here.
WINSTON-SALEM—Hutchison Allgood Printing has purchased a Sanwa 1060SE diecutter.
CINCINNATI—Bramkamp Printing has installed a complete Agfa CTP system, including Apogee workflow, Sherpa proofing and a Palladio platesetter. Bramkamp also reports it has a new Heidelberg/Polar paper cutter up and running.
Label specialist Multi-Color Corp. has purchased promotional packaging provider Quick Pak. Multi-Color will retain all 300 Quick Pak employees. Both companies are based in Cincinnati.
PHILADELPHIA—The Graphic Arts Association's Neographics 2002 award winners have been announced. Alcom Printing Group, Harleysville, PA, took the Power of Print Award for its "VLS Corporate Brochure." First runner-up was Tierney Communications of Philadelphia for its "Philadelphia Eagles SBL Mailing." Second runner-up went to Wenzel & Co. of Pennington, NJ, for "The Jersey Fresh Cookbook." Lehigh Press of Pennsauken, NJ, came in as third runner-up for the "Holt Literature and Language Arts Book Cover." Elizabethtown, PA-based ITP of USA rounded out the top five with its "Kingsley Bate 2001 Catalog" entry.
SEWICKLEY—Installation of a donated four-unit MAN Roland Rotoman web offset press in the research and training facility of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation has begun.
YORK—The Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group is up and running with a new Ventura book sewing machine from Muller Martini. Maple-Vail manufactures casebound and paperback books with either Smyth-sewn or adhesive binding.
LINCOLN—New England Printing & Graphics has purchased Parker-Luther Co. of Pawtucket, RI. The union of the two commercial printers bring together more than 200 years of printing tradition.
AUSTIN—American Printing & Mailing has installed a new Muller Martini Presto saddle stitching system to increase its finishing capacity.
DALLAS—Independent Machinery has installed a Sanwa 1060SE diecutter at Premier Carton.
OREM—Full-service commercial printer Rocky Mountain Printing has announced two changes. First, it is opening a new division in St. George. The 7,000-square-foot facility will be run by Gary Bengtzen, company president. Also, Rocky Mountain is installing a six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg perfecting press.
PETERSBURG—Owen Printing/Dietz Press has increased its book
finishing capacity with a new Valore saddle stitching system from Muller Martini and, according to Dave Meloy, production manager, the company is attracting new business with the machine's advanced capabilities. The commercial printer had been using a Harris Multibinder, but moved up to Valore when the new Muller Martini system was introduced last summer.
RICHMOND—Colormark has purchased a new Muller Martini Bravo-T saddle stitching system. Colormark is a division of The Supply Room Cos.
ROANOKE—R.R. Donnelley's commitment to creating a safe working environment has been recognized by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program (VOSH) through its certification of the company's manufacturing plant here as a Virginia Voluntary Protection Program (VVPP) STAR site. The facility reportedly is the 16th site in Virginia to receive the award and the only printing facility in the region to do so.
BELLINGHAM—A six-color Komori Lithrone 28 has been installed at Lithex Northwest.
SPOKANE—Ross Printing has announced the installation of a five-color Komori Lithrone 40 with coater.
VANCOUVER—Tetra Pak has installed a seven-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi Model 3FC sheetfed press with a backprinting unit and a full inter-station UV curing system. The new press has replaced an older four-color machine. With its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and more than 20,000 employees worldwide, Tetra Pak is one of the largest suppliers of packaging for milk, fruit juices and drinks. The Vancouver plant has a staff of 155 and ships more than one billion packages a year.
MENOMENEE FALLS—Catalog specialist Arandell Corp. has installed its fifth new Heidelberg Pacesetter 1000 saddle stitcher this year. That brings the number of Pacesetters at this facility to 21. Arandell also operates eight Heidelberg web presses.
MILWAUKEE—HM Graphics has purchased a new six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster CD with in-line aqueous coating unit as part of the company's $3 million expansion project for 2002. The press has been equipped with a spectrophotometer. The company reports it has spent $7 million in the past 12 months on new technology, equipment and upgrades.
RIPON—To enhance its four-color options, Ripon Community Printers has added a reconditioned four-high unit to its Goss Community pressline. Also, after 11 years of service, the company's first Hantscho Mark 16 press is undergoing a unit-by-unit rebuild.
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