Kodak Expanding Plate Plant

COLUMBUS, GA—Kodak broke ground on a 16,000-square-foot expansion of its plate production facility here. Kodak will reportedly use this third production line to meet the digital plate supply needs of print service providers in a wide variety of markets. The roughly $15 million investment in the new production line will enable the company to more efficiently produce current and future generation digital plates.

GPO to Establish New Facility

WASHINGTON, DC—The Government Printing Office (GPO) has been given approval by Congress to establish a secure production facility on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. GPO employees will produce blank passport books at the new location, which will help meet rising passport demand.

BEP and Automatän Sign Pact

PLOVER, WI—The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), the U.S. government’s security printer, has agreed to purchase seven jogger/aerators from Automatän. Four of the Model 6500GLs are ticketed for BEP’s Washington, DC, facility, while three are to be installed at its Fort Worth, TX, plant. In all, 11 machines will be installed by the end of 2008.

New Web Press for St Ives

HOLLYWOOD, FL—St Ives has installed a Komori System 38 web offset press at its facility here. St Ives Hollywood provides services, including creative, photography, premedia, web and sheetfed printing, digital printing, saddlestitching, perfect binding, mail, fulfillment and logistic services.

Fire Strikes Newspaper Facility

BRIDGEPORT, CT—A fire struck the Connecticut Post’s printing plant March 1, sending three workers to the hospital and damaging a press. According to a local fire department official, the fire broke out in the folder and conveyor areas. It was believed to have started when a spark ignited some paper fibers. One press operator was treated for smoke inhalation, the paper reported. It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

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