ACROSS the nationDecember 2003
ST. JOSEPH—IPC Communications Services has expanded the capacity of its postpress operations with the installation of a BravoPlus saddle stitching system from Muller Martini. IPC defines itself as an employee-owned manufacturing and distribution company. It specializes in print manufacturing, electronic publishing, data management, assembly, distribution and fulfillment. With a staff of more than 550 employees and annual sales of more than $125 million, IPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Journal Communications.
ST. CLOUD—Merrill Communications has purchased a six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 perfecting press for its facility here. The press was displayed at GRAPH EXPO, and shipped to Merrill immediately after the show.
ST. LOUIS—A Grafix Hybrid UV system has been installed on a new large-format KBA Rapida 142 press at St. Louis Lithographing.
BINGHAMTON—At the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (58,619 daily, 73,765 Sunday), two KBA presses will be the focal point of a new production facility that will consolidate into one centralized location the production operations currently taking place in Elmira, Ithaca and Binghamton. The Press & Sun Bulletin has purchased Colora presses with a total of eight towers and 60 printing couples. The presses feature variable-width technology and will include 10 Pastostar RC reelstands and two folder super structures, each with five formers. Two KBA KF3 jaw folders (system 2:3:3) will also be supplied.
LEXINGTON—Green Printing & Packaging recently installed a Grafix LLC UV system, aimed at enhancing its broad range of specialty packaging solutions, including for the pharmaceutical/healthcare and technology markets.
LUMBERTON—Graphic Packaging Corp. has ordered the 500th large-format sheetfed press from KBA North America—an eight-color, 64˝ KBA Rapida 162 perfector with coater and extended delivery.
BELLEFONTAINE—The Printing Industries Association Serving Northern Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO), in conjunction with Heidelberg USA and the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, celebrated a national award and the donation of a Heidelberg press to the career center. Ryan Turnmire, a recent graduate of Urbana High School and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, spent a week in Kansas City, MO, recently competing in the 39th annual SkillsUSA/VICA National Leadership and Skills Conference, where he took first place. Heidelberg is donating a two-color press to the Hi-Point program to use for one year.
CINCINNATI—The C.J. Krehbiel Co. recently completed transition to the new ISO 9001:2000 quality management certification standard.
SOLON—Card Pak reports it has installed an eight-color Komori Lithrone 40 reverse printer.
PORTLAND—Rapid Bind Inc. has installed a Scott Ten Thousand index tabbing machine. The company offers custom tab cutting services.
BEDFORD—A five-color Komori Lithrone 28 press with coater has been installed at Bison Printing.
RICHMOND—Worth Higgins & Associates has purchased a Sanwa 1060SE diecutter from Independent Machinery.
ROANOKE—With a dynamic light show and soundtrack conveying the excitement of a $31.6 million upgrade project, The Roanoke Times introduced customers, community leaders and invited guests to view the first Heidelberg Mainstream press in the United States in October. More than 200 people attended the grand opening at the newspaper's new 47,000-square-foot production facility.
FREDERIC—Periodical publisher and full-service printer Intercounty Coop Publishing has purchased a four-color, 14x20˝ Hamada B452A press from Best Graphics.
MILWAUKEE—C.P. Gauger (CPG) celebrated its 50th anniversary in November. Founder Charles Gauger died earlier in the year, but his legacy continues, says James Becker, president.
SPARTA—LaserMonks, an online provider of printing and imaging supplies, has unveiled www.Laser-Monks.com. Its unique founders—a group of Cistercian monks—are leveraging e-business to generate proceeds for charitable causes throughout the world.
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