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BINDERY matters

April 2006

“In recognizing the many accomplishments of my predecessors, I view it as my primary task to not only maintain our reputation, but to also seek new ways to expand the support we provide,” Pordon says. “The success we, as a company, have enjoyed has come entirely from our ability to serve the needs of our customers.”

Heidelberg Names VP of Postpress

KENNESAW, GA—Heidelberg USA has promoted Ralph Pasquariello to vice president of postpress product management.

Pasquariello replaces Larry Tanowitz, who held the position for more than 30 years before retiring earlier this year.

Heidelberg plans to launch several new products in the postpress sector this year, and Pasquariello reports that the company’s new offerings will be highly integrated and fully automated.

According to industry reports, 70 to 80 percent of existing bindery equipment in the average U.S. print shop is at least 10 years old. Pasquariello says that many shops will need to replace their outdated bindery equipment with automated machines in order to survive in today’s finishing market.

“Heidelberg has noted a significant increase in customer demand for automated finishing equipment for several years now,” he notes. “We will continue to meet this demand with innovative postpress solutions for our customers in every market segment.”

Pasquariello began his Heidelberg career as a full-line sales representative in the Northeast region. In 2005, he assumed the position of director of postpress, a position that he held until his recent promotion.
quick cuts

Midstates Printing, based in Aberdeen, SD, recently added a Stitchmaster ST 400 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg. The shop installed the new stitcher because of its automated makeready process, which significantly decreases production time. Midstates Printing is a family owned and operated general commercial printer housing 275 employees.

Gane Brothers & Lane in Elk Grove Village, IL, is celebrating 160 years in business. It was founded in 1846 by Henry Gane, a Boston bookbinder.

Stacy Stevenson has been promoted to mail services manager at Dallas-based Padgett Printing. She has 18 years of experience in the printing industry, and is a member of the DFW Mailers Association.

Nationwide Laminating, Lorton, VA, has updated its name and logo to Nationwide Laminating & Finishing. This change reflects the expanded postpress and finishing services the company now offers, including automated hole punching, mechanical binding, laminating and diecutting.

New York City-based Aladdin Finishing has purchased the assets of M&M Die Cutting and Executive Die Cutting in Clifton, NJ, which will now be known as Perfect Finishing.

Positive Press Printing, located in Fayetteville, GA, is now operating a high-speed Polar 78 X cutter from Heidelberg. The company is using it to cut a wide variety of materials, including postcards and business materials. Founded in 2000, Positive Press Printing is a general commercial printer.
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