Quad/Graphics Debuts New Oklahoma City OperationDecember 2003
* An eight-unit, gapless MAN Roland ROTOMAN 2x6 press, bringing the plant's total number of web offset presses to three.
* Three saddle stitchers, bringing the facility's total number of stitchers to six.
As part of the plant dedication, Quadracci announced that the main entrance would be named "Admiral's Way" in honor of the late Harry V. Quadracci.
" 'Admiral' was the name by which many employees knew Harry, so we thought it appropriate to remember him always," Quadracci says of his late brother. "And while Harry isn't physically here with us today to celebrate, I know he is present here on some level."
Following a ribbon cutting outside the plant, guests were invited inside to celebrate the installation of the company's first pieces of equipment. Quadracci and Angelo Rivello, senior vice president of manufacturing and worldwide distribution for Newsweek, led the startup of the plant's first MAN Roland ROTOMAN 2x6 press, which was running advance forms of Newsweek's November 10 issue.
"In the 1970s, Newsweek took a chance on a fledgling printer, giving us the traction we needed to become what we are today," Quadracci notes. "We are proud to be Newsweek's largest printer and its best, having earned Newsweek's coveted 'Printer of the Year' award for the past 18 consecutive years."
"Having this state-of-the-art facility here is going to add to our operations in a way we've dreamed about for a very long, long time," adds Rivello. "The plant's location will enable Quad/Graphics to better service Newsweek readers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, which are growing states for the magazine's business."
Eventually, Quad/Graphics' Oklahoma City plant could encompass two million square feet and employ more than 1,000 Oklahomans.