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Allied Printing Services: Success Is Always in Style

May 2013 By Erik Cagle, senior editor
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Like wood grain paneling, leg warmers and pagers, the family-owned commercial printing business appears to be a treasured trend from another generation. Or, perhaps that is just the perception. Another popular belief among industry followers is that printers aren't investing in new technology.

For your consideration, we offer Allied Printing Services of Manchester, CT, a thriving, family-owned establishment that has experienced sufficient growth to sustain a remarkable capital expenditure initiative during the past few years. With more than 60 years under its belt, the firm appears poised to tackle the next 60 head on, according to John Sommers, company CEO.

"I feel fortunate that I can pass my business on to my son, as my father did with my brother, sister and I," he says. "It's highly rewarding."

This second- and third-generation commercial and financial printing specialist has a different approach to the modern printing business "wait and see" capital equipment investment strategy, because it has embarked on a rather impressive campaign to bolster its printing and finishing divisions. Suffice to say, growth will never go out of style.

The additions are staggering, led by an eight-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press equipped with a revolver coater and SIS (no side guide). A five-color HP Indigo 5600 with white ink kit joined the fold this past January. Four new Canon ImagePRESS C7010VP color digital presses grace an overhauled digital division, along with an HP Scitex grand-format inkjet printer and an HP latex wide-format machine.

Allied's Grande Bindery

In the postpress area—where Allied boasts one of New England's largest binderies at 85,000 square feet—the company has obtained a DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser from Duplo USA and a Bobst folder/gluer. It pays to be competitive here, according to Sommers, not to mention versatile and buoyed by redundancies.

"There are so many different ways that jobs finish today, from diecutting to folding, gluing, film lamination, spiral binding—an enormous offering," he says. "You have to do a little bit of each and be good at it. It seems like all our customers have a different thought in mind when they're looking to make their product unique."

As for its clients, Allied Printing addresses banking and financial, along with the needs of retail, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, educational, not-for-profit and direct mail marketers. Its products range from point-of-purchase (POP) displays to envelopes, brochures, magazines, catalogs, annual reports, financial printing and SCC filings. Its pharmaceutical clientele have guided Allied in the direction of dimensional printing, according to President John Sommers Jr. That has opened the door to packaging pieces that could house a CD, credit cards and other inserts.


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