Allied Printing Services: Success Is Always in Style

Kevin Howard (left) and Bill Banning stand next to the latest addition to the Allied Printing Services pressroom: an eight-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 106.

The Sommers family, clockwise from upper left: John, John Jr., Betina and Rachel.

Operator Jignesh Prajapati views the output from the HP Scitex grand-format inkjet printer.

Lisa Altomare (shown left) and Jignesh Prajapati operate the fleet of Canon ImagePRESS C7010VP color digital presses.

“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.

“We’re doing a lot of value-added finishing services from lamination, diecutting, insertion, folding/gluing, construction, kitting and distribution,” Sommers Jr. says. “It’s important for us to fulfill our customers’ needs.”

The firm’s horizontal growth has been sparked by branching out into fulfillment, pick-and-pack distribution, mailing, Web-to-print digital storefronts and digital integration. Print is the primary driver, but it is still only part of the overall mix. And it is not in danger of shrinking in share at Allied Printing.

Arguably the biggest fish that Allied Printing netted from its trip to drupa one year ago was the KBA Rapida 106 press with onboard register and color control. It was a simple case of needing more capacity to support the sheetfed offset department, according to Sommers Jr. The Rapida had really stepped up to the plate with marked improvements in speed (20,000 sph), efficiencies and makeready. Like the printer itself, the press spoke to the need of addressing a variety of needs.

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