ACROSS the nationApril 2005
Decatur—Dynagraphics Inc. has added a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 press in order to increase productivity and automation within the family owned shop.
Des Moines—Litho Graphics has purchased the Riteportal customer relationship management tool from Screen (USA). It allows a content creator to prepare and automatically upload certified PDF files to Litho Graphics' Riteportal server. Litho Graphics was founded in 1976 and houses 25 employees at its 12,000-square-foot facility.
NORTH CHELMSFORD—Courier Corp. reports its book manufacturing sales were up 8 percent for the first quarter of its 2005 fiscal year, with strong textbook demand contributing to a 20 percent increase in four-color printing sales. In Courier's specialty book publishing segment, sales were up 13 percent, which is attributable to the company's January 2004 acquisition of the Research & Education Association (REA).
MINNEAPOLIS—The equipment list at Reflections has expanded recently with the addition of a Xerox DocuColor 6060 digital press; Xerox DocuColor 6100 digital press; 45˝ Itotec RC-115 programmable cutter; VideoJet 7000 ink-jet system; VideoJet Chesire TLS tabber/labler; BCC 2010 Mail Manager software; six-station Bell & Howell inserter; and 12-station Bell & Howell inserter.
Livingston—A two-color Heidelberg GTO has been purchased by PrintingForLess.com. Currently, the company is using the new press to produce customized brochures and to train new employees. Founded in 1996, PrintingForLess.com is a privately owned, online full-color printing service with 115 employees.
RENO—Goss International has received an order from the Gannett Co. for two Goss Uniliner towers for its Goss Metro press at The Reno Gazette-Journal to meet the growing demand for color output. Once the installation is complete in September, The Reno Gazette-Journal will be able to print 56 pages of full color in an 80-page publication, an increase from its current 24-page color capacity.
ELMWOOD PARK—A new four-color Halm Jet EM4000 press with an integrated UV dryer has been installed at Reliable Envelope & Graphics. It now enables the company to print high-end four-color work on pre-converted envelopes.
Lafayette—Macore Co. recently installed a Kawahara TXR-800 series automatic blank separator, distributed by Brandtjen & Kluge. The TXR-800 will allow the label, card and poster production company to blank or separate labels, door hangers and similar products.
Latrobe—In 2004, Unity Printing celebrated its 25th anniversary. This year, the company is accelerating its expansion by adding a five-color MAN Roland 500 press complete with in-line coating, Power Plate Loading (PPL) and PECOM automation. The printer will also deploy MAN Roland's printnet digital backbone, which will eventually enable the company to interconnect all production functions with a management information system.
MONACA—Datatel Resources has installed the ANSI-approved RDM Image Qualifier system at its facility here to provide the basis for ongoing testing to ensure compliance with "Check 21" regulations.
Brownsville—Border Press has installed a four-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 perfector. The shop added the new press in order to meet growing customer demand for four-color work. Currently, Border Press is using the new press to print packaging materials, brochures, four-color envelopes and letterhead. The shop recently produced 10,000 five-signature program booklets in one day on the new press.
Appleton—The Paper Discovery Center opened its doors to the public in February, and a formal grand opening event is planned for early this month. After years of planning, the historic Atlas Mill has been transformed into Northeast Wisconsin's only science and technology museum. Visitors can explore the world of paper through interactive exhibits and can even make their own paper.
Fort Atkinson—To achieve greater VOC destruction efficiency and help reduce energy costs, heatset web printer W.D. Hoard and Sons has installed a 10,000 SCFM regenerative thermal oxidizer from The CMM Group.
Menomonee Falls—Litho-Craft Co. has added the Screen (USA) Riteonline online customer ordering system at its LC Digital Imaging Center.
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