ACROSS the nation


MERIDEN—Sappi Fine Paper has named Miller Johnson Inc. a “Silver Award” winner in the general category for its printing of a 2004 Mercedes Benz dealer calendar. The 66-year-old printing firm has annual sales of $9.5 million.

NEWINGTON—Direct mail provider Data Graphics has added its fifth Miyakoshi variable-size offset press to this location. The MVF22K is a six-color model and is configured to run all cassettes and OEM equipment now in use at Data Graphics.


SARASOTA—The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has placed an order for two Goss Global Newsliner tower additions for its existing Metroliner presses. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune serves one of the largest and most affluent areas of Florida and has a daily circulation of 106,865 and a Sunday circulation of 134,219.


BROADVIEW—Rapid Impressions commenced its 35th year in business by purchasing a MAN Roland 709 PLV in January. The press will print nine colors plus aqueous coating in a single pass, as well as perfect sheets 4/5. It is fully automated including auto plate loading, auto wash devices and closed-loop color control. It will be linked to prepress and Logic MIS through MAN Roland’s PECOM system.

LOMBARD—A five-color Komori Lithrone 28 has been installed at The Mallard Press.


NEW ORLEANS—Fox Print Direct, a commercial printer with both web and sheetfed capabilities, has installed a new Muller Martini Bravo-T saddle stitching system to better serve its newspaper and education clients. An eight-pocket model with an integrated cover folder/feeder, the new stitcher takes the place of two older machines—an eight-pocket and a four-pocket system—while increasing Fox’s stitching capacity.


CHARLESTOWN—Atlantic Digital Imaging has installed a four-color Komori Lithrone 20.

WORCESTER—LaVigne Inc., an independent commercial printing company, was recently honored for its long-term membership in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). SHARP exempts companies from OSHA-programmed inspections. LaVigne became a SHARP member in 1988, reportedly one of only 700 companies nationwide.

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