BINDERY matters

Robert Martinez, a 25-year veteran cutter operator, stands by the Prestige Printing’s new Polar 92 X.

Brown Printing employees undergo training on the EasySert line at Ferag’s facility in Hinwil, Switzerland.

Freeport Press finishing line.

“We think that in this world of one-off digital and e-books, publishers, authors and consumers are going to be looking for a high-quality alternative that is as beautiful as is it economical,” contends Kevin Spall, president and CEO of Thomson-Shore.

Bessenberg Bindery began as Brown Bess Bindery in 1978. Jon Buller founded Brown Bess in Rochester, MI. He moved the business to Ann Arbor in 1982 and changed the name to Bessenberg after a merger with Guttenberg Bindery. Today, Bessenberg is the only commercial custom case bindery in Michigan and one of only a handful nationwide.

The acquisition, which became official on Dec. 1, 2010, rounds out $15 million in total investments in Thomson-Shore’s platform reinvention since 2005. Books as Art is expected to generate new revenues and competitive advantages.

Quick Cuts

◊ Grunwald Printing, located in Corpus Christi, TX, has added a Heidelberg Polar 115 X cutter with 15˝ color display and touchscreen operation to its finishing department.

◊ Tinton Falls, NJ-based Hatteras has installed a Stahlfolder USA B30 6/4/4 folder to expand capacity and ensure greater throughput.

◊ A new Heidelberg Varimatrix 105CS diecutter is now up and running at Allied Printing in Ferndale, MI. PI

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