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ACROSS the nation

November 2006
Centenarian Printer Continues to Evolve

BARBERTON, OH—Davis Printing is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The company was founded in 1906 by John R. Davis., who produced a weekly newspaper and provided printing services to the public. Today, the full-service commercial printer offers sheetfed offset and digital printing, complete bindery, mailing and fulfillment, and Web-based services.

Recently, Davis Printing also acquired Merrick Graphics. Steve Merrick was named Davis Printing’s vice president of marketing and president of the new creative division, Merrick Design Group.

MONTGOMERY—Wells Printing has installed a Sakurai 675SD sheetfed press with coater. It was purchased through dealer Independent Graphic Services.

CITY OF INDUSTRY—Modem Graphics, a 90-employee printer and graphic services provider, recently installed a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S sheetfed press equipped with an aqueous coater, its second six-color, 40˝ Diamond series press in six months.

MONTEBELLOWet Ink Printing is now running a Ryobi 3404 DI waterless offset press for short-run and quick turnaround jobs. The company also reports it is using EFI’s BestColor RIP and an Epson 7800 Pro proofer for color calibration to the DI press.

TORRANCEThe Martin Press has added a five-color Komori Lithrone 28 (NL528) sheetfed press with coater. This is the company’s second Komori.

DENVER—Warneke Paper Box is now producing jobs on its new eight-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 with coater and full UV capabilities. The specialty printer’s 68 employees produce packaging materials for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical, food and cosmetic industries.

NORCROSS—Trade printer Custom Color Printing & Graphics suffered a plant fire in its production area in April. Its five-color, 19x26˝ Polly 566 press was severely damaged, but no one was injured and little damage was done to the other production equipment. In August, the company installed a six-color Komori press, ECRM Mako 4 platesetter and in-line processor to replace the damaged equipment.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE—Paulson Press, a full-service general commercial printer, recently added a six-color Speedmaster XL 105 to its all-
Heidelberg pressroom.

CROWN POINT—Kwik Copy has purchased a Sakurai 466SI press from dealer Fuller Grafix.

TROY—J&M Reproductions is now running a Sakurai 466SIP press, purchased through dealer Mid-State Litho.

Minneapolis—Maximum Graphics, a Consolidated Graphics company, has tapped MAN Roland for a new eight-color Roland 700 perfector equipped with in-line coating and an extended delivery.

KANSAS CITY—Richardson Printing, a full-service commercial print provider, recently installed a six-color Komori Lithrone S40 perfector with coater and a six-color Lithrone 28 with coater at its new 115,000-square-foot facility. Named as one of Kansas City’s 100 fastest growing businesses in recent years, Richardson Printing serves the transportation, pharmaceutical, publishing and manufacturing industries.

LEWISTOWN—The Lewistown News-Argus and The News-Argus Printing has purchased a five-color Heidelberg MO press. It reportedly is the largest sheetfed press in central Montana.

LAS VEGAS—Full Color Printing has invested in a new five-color MAN Roland 500 press with an in-line coating unit and extended delivery.

Carlstadt—Pictorial Offset announced it has been selected for membership into the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track Program.

MOUNT VERNON—General commercial printer Rose Press recently installed a second Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46-2 to augment its small-format capability as the $6.5 million company grows.

QUEENS—The New York Times signed a letter of intent to order a new Goss Colorliner double-width press for its production facility here. The new press, with 12 towers and 96 printing couples, is scheduled to be installed in early 2008. The agreement also calls for Goss to complete web-width reduction projects on five existing Colorliner presses at the facility.

APEX—The Henry Wurst Inc. facility here has purchased a Xerox iGen3 digital production press to expand its personalization capabilities.

CHARLOTTE—Classic Graphics has selected and implemented EFI Hagen OA as its print management system, along with EFI PrintFlow and PrinterSite Internal to help manage its business more efficiently. Classic Graphics employs 140 people in two locations with sales of approximately $25 million.

NEW WASHINGTON—Facing growing competition in its offset printing services, Herald Printing is using a Kodak NexPress 2500 digital production press to bring in additional revenue streams and separate itself from other printers in the market.

NASHVILLE—M. Lee Smith Publishers and Parris Printing have reached a tentative agreement on a long-term partnership which included the purchase of M. Lee Smith Publishers’ printing division. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. With the agreement, Parris Printing will have approximately 98 full-time employees with 2007 projected annual sales in excess of $14 million.

AUSTIN—When former Texas Governor Ann Richards died in September, her family, friends and former colleagues had only a few days to put together a world-class event. The most visually important elements of the memorial service were the two 20x20 foot banners featuring photos of Governor Richards. The banners were quickly produced by printer CC West for advertising agency GSD&M.

DALLAS—Padgett Printing’s new 15,000-square-foot mailing and fulfillment operation is up and running. The new facility is across the street from Padgett’s main plant. Stacy Stevenson, mailing services manager, is heading up the 15-person, two-shift operation.

SAN ANTONIO—The addition of a Kodak Magnus 400 platesetter and Kodak Thermal Direct no-process printing plates have proved to be a combination that effectively eliminates the use of chemicals during the prepress process for The Graphic Arts Group.

SEATTLE—Seattle Bindery has added a Kluge OmniFold automatic folder/gluer configured with a flipgate, additional left hand register guide, nine-foot in-line section, automatic tape head, four-head hot melt and two-head fugitive glue systems. The new equipment will be used for a wide range of pocket folder formats.

LA CROSSE—Prizm Companies/Prizm Pre-Press, a provider of printing and prepress services, announced the roll out of a new branding strategy for the company that includes an identity initiative, a redesign of the company Website, and a number of comprehensive, customer-focused marketing solutions. As part of its identity initiative, Prizm has introduced a new logo and is now referring to the company simply as “Prizm.”

MENOMONEE FALLS—Inland Graphics announced the addition of a 10-color Heidelberg perfecting press. Inland Graphics and the Hi-Liter Graphics division of the company employ 184 people.

WAUKESHA—J.B. Kenehan Printing and Communication Services has added a second Goss web press at its facility here. The new 16-page
M-500 press system includes a JF-40 folder. Goss International also supplied a Contiweb splicer, Ecotherm dryer and Omnicon press control.


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