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.

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.

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