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June 2002
Four MAN Presses Star at Newspaper

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Star has begun putting its new $72 million production facility to work, producing advertising sections on the first of four MAN Roland Geoman presses that are scheduled to print both daily and Sunday editions of the paper by mid-July. The new press hall encompasses more than 30,672 square feet on two levels. It is at the heart of a 260,000-square-foot complex, called the Pulliam Production Center (PPC) after the publishing family who led the Star over the past five decades.

Stitcher Added to Handle Sales Boom

QUINCY, IL—JK Creative Printers has purchased an Osako saddlestitcher from Best Graphics. President Mike Nobis says he needed to add capacity to keep up with the rapid sales growth the company has experienced recently.


OXNARD—Custom Printing has acquired a two-color, 40˝ Heidelberg press and a 40˝ Stahl continuous-feed folder. The machines represent a $250,000 investment. The company also announced it was selected to produce posters for the City of Santa Paula's centennial celebration. Custom officials report they gave the city a special discount so that celebration funding could be used in other ways.

SAN FRANCISCO—Full-service printing firm DPI has installed a six-color, 51˝ Mitsubishi Model 5F sheetfed press. DPI offers services such as digital photography, sheetfed offset printing, digital printing and signage manufacturing. It employs a staff of 55.

SANTA ROSA—After nine months of researching CTP products, Chromagraphics has decided on the Fujifilm PictroProof digital color proofer and Dart Luxel T-6000 CTP thermal platesetter.


ORLANDO—Florida Imaging, a regional provider of prepress, Web development, and multimedia services and design, has established a new commercial photography division. Scott Major, a principal and COO at Florida Imaging, says the new division was established to meet growing demand for commercial photography, especially utilizing digital techniques. Bill Peck has been tapped to head the division.


DOWNERS GROVE—Ace Reprographics, the in-plant printing division of Ace Hardware, has added a new five-color, 201⁄2x283⁄8˝ Sakurai 572EDII press, purchased through Fuller Graphix. Also delivered was a new Screen PlateRite 4000 thermal platesetter equipped with the Screen TrueFlow workflow system, a new Epson 7000 color proofer and a Western Lithotech plate processor.

WHEELING—Rollem International has installed its TR high-speed die scoring system at Allstate Print & Communications Center, the in-plant printing operation for Allstate Insurance.


PITTSBURG—For the recent Kansas City Chiefs annual banquet, where NFL Players of the Year received their awards, the program was printed by Pittcraft Printing, the official printer of the Chiefs. The 24-page program, containing bios and photos of the winners and presenters, was produced on Pittcraft's new computer-to-plate system, which features a Fujifilm Javelin Luxel T-9000 CTP thermal platesetter, a PictroProof digital color proofer and a C-550 Sprint scanner. As a banquet sponsor, two tables are reserved in the company's name. This year, Michael Strahan, NFC Defensive Player of the Year, sat at the Pittcraft table.


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