Lewisburg Printing Invests in Mitsubishi Diamond V3000LX with UV Capabilities
LEWISBURG, TN—August 29, 2012—Lewisburg Printing Co., a family-owned firm specializing in commercial projects and label production, has acquired its second Mitsubishi sheetfed press in less than two years. The seven-color Diamond V3000LX with Grafix UV curing system will support the printer’s growth strategy by providing customers with exceptional quality and quicker turnarounds on a wider variety of products.
Installation of the new machine began earlier this month at Lewisburg Printing’s manufacturing facility in Lewisburg. It will replace two 40˝ Mitsubishi presses that had delivered many years of faithful service.
“We printed many millions of impressions on those two presses,” remarked Hale Hawkins, CEO. “We are confident the Diamond V3000LX will generate as much production—or even more—as the two combined. All of automated features on the press will allow us to produce faster makereadies and maintain consistent color throughout the press run.”
Hawkins’ family has owned Lewisburg Printing for four generations. The company’s focus has broadened since its founding in 1898 from the newspaper business to commercial printing and label printing. After buying Brandeau Printing in 2004, Lewisburg Printing moved that firm’s large-format equipment from Nashville to Lewisburg the following year.
Packaging-related work has become the driving force in Lewisburg Printing’s business trajectory. With 97 employees and 160,000 square feet of space spread out over multiple production and storage facilities located nearby each other, the company provides cut and stack labels, top sheets for corrugated packaging, short-run and digital printing. Point-of-purchase displays and a growing portfolio of large-format projects complement the menu of offerings. Company revenues have increased 40 percent since 2005.
Lewisburg Printing is a longtime user of Mitsubishi sheetfed presses. In 2011, the printer installed a 56˝ Diamond 6000LX, also with UV printing capabilities.
“We have had great success with Mitsubishi presses,” Hawkins said. “They run reliably day after day. Our press operators have trained on them, and our maintenance personnel know how to service them. Starting with a different make of press would be like starting over from scratch.”
The Diamond V3000LX is ideal for the high-end commercial work and labels that have earned Lewisburg Printing loyal customers. The press easily accommodates paper, plastic and board ranging from 0.016 inches to 0.040 inches thick.
“We typically run 60-lb. litho paper up to 40-pt. board, so the wider stock range will come in extremely handy,” Hawkins said. “Using UV printing on the top sheets for the corrugated industry, as well as being able to print on plastics in this sheet size will open doors with some customers.”
Hawkins said the larger sheet size will create efficiencies in scheduling and materials usage.
“Everyone tries to push the size limit on 28×40˝ work,” he explained. “Switching to 29-1/2 x 41-11/32˝ sheets will help maximize the use of sheet space to output larger quantities. In addition, jobs that ordinarily would move up to the 56-inch press can be run on the Diamond V3000LX.”
MLP U.S.A. markets multicolor sheetfed and web lithographic presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MLP U.S.A. provides complete sales, parts and service for the entire line of Mitsubishi presses.