ACROSS the nation


NEWPORT—Multi-Craft Litho has made a move from film to computer-to-plate, retiring its Screen DT-R3100 eight-page imagesetter in favor of a Screen PlateRite 8000 thermal CTP eight-page platesetter. The family owned company has been in business since 1955.


CHICOPEE—The Pond-Ekberg Co., a commercial printer and finisher, has installed a new six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press with in-line aqueous coating. The press was installed in January and is equipped with semi-automatic plate changers, CIP3/4 digital interface, automatic blanket and roller washers, and the KBA closed-loop spectrophotometry system. Jonathan Kratovil, company president, says Pond-Ekberg decided to go ahead with the purchase despite the economic slowdown in 2001, and expects the purchase will give the company an advantage over its competition when the economy makes a turnaround.


ANN ARBOR—Book printing specialist Malloy Lithographing has changed its name to Malloy Inc. It has also adopted the tag line “Serving publishers with integrity and innovation.”


ALBERT LEA, MN—A Standard Horizon AFC-504AKT automated floor model folder is now operating at Church Offset Printing.


RENO—Registered Ink Printing has acquired a new five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 perfecting press with coater. The printer has also purchased a Polar 92ED cutter and was scheduled to install a complete Heidelberg computer-to-plate package in March.


CONCORD—A new seven-color, 64˝ KBA Rapida 162 sheetfed press with perfector and in-line aqueous coater has been purchased by Concord Litho. The new press is loaded with semi-automatic plate changers; CIP3 digital interface; automatic blanket, plate, impression and roller washing; and a KBA closed-loop densitometry system. The press was delivered to the 200-employee company in April.


BOONTON TOWNSHIP—Jon Parker and several key employees of Parker Communications Group (PCG) have become part of Dolan Wohlers, a commercial sheetfed and web printing company. The transaction was initiated on Dolan Wohlers’ behalf by Rampart Associates LLC.

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