ACROSS the nation
Midwestern Printer Garners High Honor
WASHINGTON, DC—The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) announced the first winner of the CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) award. In the category of "best cost/benefit realization as a result of process automation implementation," the application of Action Printing of Fond du Lac, WI, was selected by the CIP4's advisory board.
BURBANK—Merisel Inc., a graphic solutions provider, has acquired Los Angeles-based Crush Creative, a provider of digital imaging solutions. The acquisition partners Crush with ColorEdge Visual, a New York City-based commercial graphics and imaging center, and Comp24, a comp production company.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD—recently added a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 press with coater. This press slots nicely between its existing Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 and Speedmaster 52, which are also both six-color presses with coater.
DOVER—Tensor Group has installed a T-400BE four-high at The Dover Post. The weekly newspaper group purchased the tower to expand color capabilities on an existing Heidelberg (Goss) Mercury press. The paper has also added three CC1 eXaminer automatic register control systems on three presses.
NEWARK—Foxfire Printing has implemented e-procurement solutions from Printable Technologies. It will give Foxfire the capabilities to offer its clients specialized, print-specific orders, quote and asset management, and workflow solutions.
NILES—Imagine Print Group is now running a new eight-color Komori Lithrone LS press with coater.
ST. CHARLES—Folding carton manufacturer CartonCraft has signed an agreement to fully implement CRC Information Systems' THE System business management software.
OLATHE—The Leslie Co. has installed an Agfa Galileo VE computer-to-plate platesetter, Sherpa digital color proofing system and Apogee workflow management system.
BOSTON—A new five-color Komori Lithrone 28 press with coater has been purchased by Advanced Media Publications.
LOWELL—King Printing is now utilizing a short-run DGR casing-in line to bolster the company's existing book manufacturing capabilities. It is reportedly the first machine of its type in the United States.
ANN ARBOR—Book printer Malloy Inc. announced the acquisition of its eighth Timson web press. The new press, which the firm refers to as T8, is a Timson ZMR press capable of running both one- and two-color, 11˝ books. It will be delivered in the spring of 2006 and is expected to be up and running in May.
ROCKFORD—Wynalda Litho now has a new six-color Komori Lithrone 20 press in operation.
SALINE—McNaughton & Gunn observed the 30th anniversary of the company's incorporation in August. The week-long celebration culminated with a company picnic. McNaughton & Gunn was originally formed in 1975 by five partners from various book manufacturing companies in the Ann Arbor area. President Bob McNaughton is the only one of the original founders still with the company.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Star Tribune has replaced 20-year-old Ferag mailing equipment by placing an order for new Ferag gear, including: seven TTR gripper conveyor lines; two MultiDisc DiscPool automated buffering systems; one MultiDisc winding system; three MultiSert drum imaging systems, each including two Preprint MultiDisc unwinding stations, 16-unit RollStream feeder positions and one in-line single copy ink-jet system; nine MultiStack bundling systems; three PKT bundle distribution systems; and one PPM PostPress management control system.
ST. PAUL—Impressions Inc. reached an agreement to purchase two seven-color, 30˝ Heidelberg presses from Heidelberg USA.
ST. LOUIS—Kohler Print Group reports it has become the first certified print producer on MagneCote magnetic paper in the St. Louis area. The sheetfed printer has also acquired book component producer Pinnacle Press.
CARLSTADT—Cierant Corp., a Connecticut-based developer of Web-based, cross-media marketing applications, announced that it has entered into an agreement to merge its operations with Strategic Content Imaging (SCI), a full-service digital printing, fulfillment and distribution company based here.
BETHPAGE—Jaguar Advanced Graphics reports the installation of a new six-color Mitsubishi Diamond 2000 press equipped with an in-line coater, extended delivery and X-Rite closed-loop color system. Jaguar, known for its book component printing, asked Mitsubishi to custom-build this press to run 23x30˝ sheets to accommodate book jackets three-across.
ROCHESTER—Hammer Lithograph announced a corporate name change to Hammer Packaging. The new name encompasses under its umbrella both offset (Hammer Lithograph) and flexographic (New Frontier Packaging) print technologies.
COLUMBUS—S. Beckman Print & Graphic Solutions has added a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 perfector. This installation is part of the company's continuing growth program, which included the acquisition of a four-color Hamada press and a Fujifilm Luxel V-6 CTP system.
OKLAHOMA CITY—Impressions Printing has purchased a four-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 sheetfed perfector and a Prosetter 52 platesetter. The shop also has added Heidelberg consumable products with the Prosetter 52, including Saphira Violet aluminum plates, Saphira Violet Pro chemistry and proofing paper.
WARMINSTER, PA—Old York Road Printing, a full-service commercial printer, recently purchased a Vijuk-G&K V-18 FL2 miniature/commercial folding system. Owner Charles Pitt says he decided to bring miniature folding in-house with this machine to increase the company's pharmaceutical leaflet and miniature folding business.
COLUMBIA—Midlands Technical College is now using a Heidelberg Prosetter 52 to train students on real-world commercial printing technology. The Commercial Graphic Communications department now uses computer-to-plate imaging systems and has eliminated film and stripping from its shop. Currently enrolling approximately 40 students, the department produces strictly educational work. Midlands Tech uses Heidelberg consumable products, including Saphira Violet plates, Saphira Violet chemicals and filters.
SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Paper Box's new ROLAND 700 boasts a unique configuration. It begins with a printing unit, followed by a perfector, an inline coating unit, and a double drying extension. Then six more printing units appear, followed by second in-line coating unit and yet another double extension for drying.
ALTAVISTA—Mid-Atlantic Printers has installed the first fully automated Carousel ink dispensing system for cartridges in North America. The system is manufactured by Vale-Tech in the UK and sold by Hue Color Systems.
MILWAUKEE—Kubin-Nicholson Corp. has purchased a six-color, 81˝ KBA Rapida 205 press with in-line UV and tower coater. Eighteen semi-trucks delivered sea crates containing the super-large press to the firm's 100,000-square-foot facility in June.
Waukesha—A to Z Printing has added a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 with coater. The new press was installed to complement the shop's existing Heidelberg pressroom solutions, including an additional Speedmaster CD 102. Founded in 1923, A to Z Printing houses 200 employees and serves corporations, Fortune 500 companies and the direct mail and packaging industries.
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