Foster Printing Completes Move, Installs Second KBA Large-Format Press

Pictured in Foster’s pressroom are (from left) Kris Blackburn, vice president of sales; Tim Blackburn, president; and Dennis Blackburn, CEO; along with Marcus Schoen, KBA sales manager.

The firm differentiated itself from other southern California printers when it carved a niche as a large format trade printer in Orange County. “Our success relies heavily on our ability to produce top-of-the-line work with one- to two-day turnaround and exceptional service along the way,” says Blackburn. “Our customers are our friends and we never want to let our friends down. Having two KBA large-format presses enables us to print with the highest quality and cater to high-end customers who have high-end expectations.”

Another key component to maintaining its growth is the firm’s new facility. It offers an additional 6,000 sq ft of space with a custom workflow that enables Foster to be more efficient from the receiving department to pre-production to press to bindery and finally to shipping. While its workforce has not increased, Blackburn plans to add a shift for prepress and bindery when they move to an additional weekend shift.

The move to the new facility was easy and uninterrupted, according to Blackburn, because the firm worked long hours preparing for it. “We printed our last job at our old facility on Dec. 9 and printed our first job at the new facility four days later on Dec. 13,” he recalls. “We had zero downtime, which was critical to us and even more important to our customers.”

The latest KBA press installation is the fifth model for Foster Printing in its history, cementing a strong, loyal partnership.

“Foster Printing and KBA can be defined more as a friendship than a working relationship,” says Blackburn. “KBA has gone above and beyond to help make our dream come true and we look forward to a long working friendship.”

About Foster Printing

Foster Printing was established in 1922 by Walter Foster, who printed and published the widely recognized instructional Walter Foster Art Books. In 1988, the Blackburn family purchased the assets from Walter Foster and restructured the company to include printing for the trade. Today, Foster Printing caters to its trade customers, which include printers, designers, corrugators, and distributors, as well as Walter Foster Art Books. The majority of its work is color packaging, point-of-purchase displays, signage, and posters, which is printed on a variety of substrates from paper to plastics. www.fosterprint.com

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