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November 2007

Metzgers Opts For Sophisticated Saddlestitcher

TOLEDO, OH—Metzgers Printing + Mailing recently installed a Muller Martini BravoPlus T saddlestitcher configured with six pockets plus cover feeder, as well as a 4th and 5th knife, in-line three-hole and single punch, and Apollo compensating stacker.

Since installing the BravoPlus T stitcher, Metzgers Printing + Mailing has achieved significant improvements in productivity along with the potential to grow its business even further. Among those improvements are significantly faster setup capabilities than Metzgers has ever had, as well as faster runs overall.

“The speed of the machine, the speed of all equals greater throughput,” notes Joe Metzger, company president. “The faster we can deliver to our customers, the better. Also, we were outsourcing more and more stitching work, and we needed to make sure we could keep everything in-house. It’s been the foundation of our growth…keep it in-house, and keep control of the project and the deadline. That means happy customers, and happy customers equals more growth.”

Metzgers Printing + Mailing is a 65-employee business that has grown from a typesetting shop in 1970 to a full-size commercial printer and mailer. Metzgers produces direct mail catalogs, brochures, annual reports and several other kinds of products for customers throughout the Midwest and Canada.

Quick Cuts

Muller Martini has opened a new 10,000-square-foot rebuild center in Allentown, PA. The plant includes state-of-the-art capabilities for both rebuilding and refurbishing used finishing equipment.

The Hartley Press, Jacksonville, FL, replaced a 12-year-old paper cutter with a new high-speed, programmable Polar 115X cutter from Heidelberg.

Whitson Bindery Services, Chicago, has purchased a Muller Martini AmigoPlus perfect binder.

Two new H+H tipping machines have been acquired by Pictorial Offset in Carlstadt, NJ.

Express Bindery of Buena Park, CA, has obtained a Rollem TR die scoring system and an air feeder.

Image Graphics and Litho of Portland, OR, recently acquired a KAMA TS 74 automated diecutter with foil stamping from Heidelberg.

A PB-15 drilling system with automatic infeed from Rollem International was installed at Ross Bindery of Santa Fe Springs, CA.

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