George H. Dean Co. Printing — Financial And Beyond
In the early days, the company was a legal and financial printer serving Boston’s business community. Typesetting, still one of George H. Dean’s strong points, was done using monotype and then the more automated linotype. Pages were made up by hand one line at a time.
Obviously, things have changed. George H. Dean is now using its third computerized system, creating documents for the mutual fund and financial services industries. It files documents daily with the SEC via the EDGAR electronic filing system.
Back in the beginning, jobs were predominantly one- and two- color legal documents produced on small letterpress presses. However, over the years, George H. Dean developed into a hybrid printer by incorporating commercial printing. The printer installed multi-color offset presses to service the annual report market and now has six multi-color sheetfed presses ranging from two to six colors, as well as two full-width web presses.
When it comes to equipment, Michaud and his management team constantly research new technology and strive to be on the cutting edge—not the bleeding edge—of the curve. “We purchase technology based on its value to our clients and how it will improve our efficiency and quality. If it doesn’t improve what we do, we don’t buy it. We continually test new techniques and products that can help open new markets for us.”
One such example occurred recently, recounts Mike Terlecki, pressroom foreman. “We were looking for a way to expand the capabilities of our new Heidelberg V30 coldset web press without going full-blown heatset,” Terlecki recalls. “We wanted to print smoother stocks and heavier coverage than is normally possible on a cold web.”
The alternative was to install a Jac de Vries infrared (IR) dryer from Fuchs DeVries Inc. (FDV Inc.). The company was loaned a dryer to use until its dryer was built and to find out what length it needed for its application.