Printer Adds First Screen Truepress JetSX Sheetfed Inkjet Press in North America

From the back row (left to right): Mark Oosting, Tim Karel, Paul Kelly and Merlin Buhl make up the ownership group at Foremost Communications in Grand Rapids, MI. Front row (left to right): Brian VanderHooning, COO; Kyle Keitzman, lead digital specialist; Greg Gibson, digital specialist; and Jim Fongers, digital specialist.

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—June 21, 2013—Foremost Communications has become the first printing company in North America to install Screen’s new Truepress JetSX sheetfed inkjet press. The $16 million provider of media communications and marketing services has forecast significant growth in one-to-one solutions, targeted direct marketing and personalized packaging as the result of the investment.

A full-color, duplex variable printing system, the Truepress JetSX narrows the gap between digital and offset print production, offering real advantages for customers. It meets the demand for applications requiring the B2 format that the current crop of toner devices cannot handle while cost-effectively printing quantities up to about 3,000 copies compared with sheetfed offset.

Diversification is the key to Foremost Communications’ fortunes. The company has 95 employees and five separate divisions at an 85,000-square-foot printing plant in Grand Rapids, MI. The sheetfed offset, flexographic, digital, mailing and fulfillment divisions deliver turnkey services from file preparation to mailing for the simplest one-color to the most critical six-color print projects.

Leading the offset lineup are six-color Komori presses (a 28˝ and a 40˝ model, both with inline aqueous coating) and a two-color, 40˝ Heidelberg perfector. These machines share the production floor with small-size sheetfed presses. Foremost Communications operates eight-color flexo equipment with inline diecutting capabilities for high-end packaging projects. The company’s digital division offers wide-format inkjet and eco-solvent technologies, as well as small-format toner-based printing.

“Strategic investments have helped make us a technology leader in almost every one of our divisions,” the ownership group said. “We also have very much embraced the marketing technologies that are available to become a leader in that part of the industry.”

Foremost Communications had followed the development of sheetfed inkjet printing since its rollout in the market. Understanding that it represented technology for the future, the company spent two years identifying a system that could satisfy specific needs. There wasn’t one particular attribute that ultimately tipped the scale in the Truepress JetSX’s favor. In fact, there were three.

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