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ACROSS the nation

March 2009
Sowing Seeds of Interest in Printing

PENNSAUKEN, NJ—To create interest in printing industry careers, CRW Graphics recently invited graphic design students from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to tour its 47,000-square-foot printing facility here.

“One of the greatest challenges facing the printing industry today is the scarcity of young people interested in entering the field,” says Joe Petrilli, CRW’s vice president of manufacturing. “But, we’ve found a way to generate such interest”—by hosting student field trips.

Petrilli was one of several CRW employees who spoke to the students about the printing process, which included information about the company’s newest technology, a digital press used for short-run work.

Added Capabilities Inspire Name Change

CLAYTON, NC—3C Packaging recently purchased a Vijuk MV-2005 outsert system with the new 14-plate G&K FA 53 folder, which folds outserts with up to 150 panels and as small as 1-1⁄8x1-1⁄8?. Formerly the Colonial Cartoning Co., 3C Packaging changed its name to reflect its new capability of printing and folding inserts and outserts.

“We purchased the MV-2005 as part of our business and plant expansion plan,” notes Joe Elphick, 3C Packaging president and CEO. “The new folding capability has already given us an entrée to packaging for several new pharmaceutical companies.”


ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM—American Printing announced that it has purchased a new eight-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102, equipped with anilox rollers and an extended delivery, and an Agfa Delano prepress system. It has also opened an Atlanta sales office.

CALIFORNIA

POMONA—A new Presstek 34DI digital offset press is up and running at Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department. The DI press will help meet the department’s increased demand for full-color printing.

FLORIDA

BUNNELL—To increase production of on-demand books, Dolphin Printing & Design has installed a new Xerox 700 digital color press.

GEORGIA

CRAWFORD—Greater Georgia Printers expanded its capabilities with the addition of a new four-color Speedmaster CD 102 with in-line aqueous coater and a Polar 115 X cutter with stack lift and pile turner, both from Heidelberg.

ILLINOIS

ADDISON—Avante LLC recently acquired an Océ CS650 digital press with four-color capabilities and an Océ VP1105 variable press. In-line saddle-stitching and perfect binding equipment were also installed. In other news, the company announced that James Quigley is now Avante’s sole owner, president and CEO.

BATAVIA—There’s been a significant reduction in prepress production costs at BFC Forms Services since its recent equipment upgrade, which includes adding two Agfa Avalon N8 platesetters.

SPRINGFIELD—After installing a new five-color, 40? Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector with coater, Frye Williamson Press reported its best two months of sales in the company’s 40-year history.

INDIANA

WEST BEND—Serigraph Inc., one of the largest specialty printers in the world with annual revenues of $130 million, recently installed a Kodak Magnus VLF platesetter with the Multi-Cassette Unit option.

NEW JERSEY

CARLSTADT—A Xeikon 8000 digital press with X-800 digital front end and productivity-adapted toner technology is the latest investment at Strategic Content Imaging (SCI). The Xeikon 8000, which debuted at Drupa 2008, joins an existing Xeikon 6000 press.

SWEDESBORO—Direct Group has installed its second Océ JetStream 2200 color ink-jet press, this one with magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) capabilities. The company also acquired five new intelligent insert systems, which will afford clients new statement processing and transpromotional marketing opportunities.

NEW YORK

ELMSFORD—A new Heidelberg Suprasetter A74 platesetter and upgraded Prinect workflow system have been purchased by Jam Printing, along with Heidelberg’s Prinect Signa Station and Prinect MetaDimension technologies.

LONG ISLAND CITY—To help integrate its offset and digital printing divisions, Prestone Printing invested in a new Kodak Insite storefront system. 

PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA—A new six-color Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LX sheetfed press equipped with a SimulChanger plate-changing system has been added at Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group. It’s the printer’s eighth Mitsubishi press.

WASHINGTON

SEATTLE—A super-wide (16x250-foot) mural of Seattle’s skyline, which is hanging at the SeaTac Airport’s international arrivals terminal, was printed by BIGink on a Gandinnovations Jeti 3324 solvent printer. The giant mural displays the word “Welcome” in 25 languages. 

YAKIMA—The Print Guys invested in a new two-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 perfector.

WISCONSIN

HARTLAND—Personalized direct mail campaigns, sales and marketing brochures, and various other printed materials are now being produced on a new Xerox iGen3 digital production press, which was recently installed at Commercial Communications Inc.

 
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