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Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at J.S. McCarthy were (from the left) Senator Roger Katz; Jacki Hudmon, Komori America; Patty Tardiff and Rick Tardiff, J.S. McCarthy; Governor Paul LePage; Conrad Ayotte, J.S. McCarthy; and Patrick Paradis, Augusta City Council.

Standing with Precision Graphics’ new Speedmaster XL 105 sheetfed press are, from the left, Ray Budd, owner; Marty Taylor, lead press operator; and Mike Budd, general manager.

Maine Governor Attends Press Installation Celebration at J.S. McCarthy Printers

AUGUSTA, ME—Governor Paul LePage, along with the staff at J.S. McCarthy Printers, recently celebrated the installation of a new eight-color, 40˝ Komori Lithrone G40 perfector with UV printing capabilities.

According to Rick Tardiff, president of J.S. McCarthy, since 2007 the company has invested $15 million in its plant and equipment, and has embraced lean manufacturing and waste reduction.“For example, preparing presses for setup used to take 60 to 80 minutes and consume 1,200 to 1,500 sheets of paper waste per job. We now average about 30 minutes and about 400 sheets per job, a huge savings considering we do 1,100 setups per month.”

New Press, Platesetter Help Commercial Shop Expand Packaging Work

TUALATIN, OR—Precision Graphics of Oregon has added a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press with aqueous coater to its all-Heidelberg pressroom. In addition to replacing three existing presses, the new press adds sufficient capacity to bring on a second shift as job volumes increase.

The company is also imaging Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree plates on a newly installed Suprasetter 105 platesetter with multiple cassette loader. “The Suprasetter is a cleaner, greener system that is making everyone around here smile,” says owner Ray Budd. “Despite the recent economic downturn, business is picking up again.”


GLENDALE—Since installing a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 digital press, Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services of Glendale has increased its digital printing volume capability by 40 percent. James Pettersson has also been hired as a digital printing specialist.


RIVERSIDE—Newsprint savings, combined with optimal format offerings for its commercial customers, have led The Press-Enterprise to hire Hall Contracting Services to reduce the web width of its Headliner offset presses from 46˝ to 44˝.

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