ACROSS the nation


TUSCALOOSA—Printing Services at the University of Alabama has purchased a Presto saddle stitching system from Muller Martini to expand its full-service finishing capabilities.


HIALEAH—Franklin/Trade Graphics recently held an open house to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the merger of Franklin Graphics, Trade Litho and Little River Press. About 200 guests got a look at the company’s two new six-color, 40˝ sheetfed presses—a Mitsubishi 3F-13 and Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LS. Among the special guests at the open house were Stanley C. Panther, mascot of the Florida Panthers hockey team, and Billy the Marlin, mascot of the Florida Marlins baseball team.

MIAMI—Solo Printing has bolstered its finishing department with the acquisition of a B32-S MBO Perfection folder with a BA 700 in-line bander, as well as a Muller Martini Bravo Plus saddle stitcher with in-line stacker.


CARROLLTON—Folding carton manufacturer Printed Specialties has installed a new Agfa Galileo CTP device, driven by an Artwork Systems Nexus RIP with Powerstepper/Powerlayout for imposition.

WARE COUNTY—The Waycross Journal-Herald has ordered a Goss Community press for production of its daily title of the same name. The new press will include a four-high tower with 40˝ web width—the first Community 3×1 tower of its kind. As well as producing the 11,500 copies of Waycross Journal-Herald six days per week, the new Goss Community will handle a number of existing contract print jobs. The new Community will replace a 42-year-old Goss press, which was converted from letterpress 29 years ago.


BLOOMINGTON—A six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 with aqueous coater is now in operation at Original Smith Printing.

BROADVIEW—Classic Color recently installed a six-color Komori Lithrone 40 press.

CHICAGO—Black Dot Group is marking its 40th anniversary. It was founded in 1963 as a composition and prepress service for book, catalog and collateral clients. Revenues in fiscal 2002 were more then $146 million.

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