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ROSS BINDERY--Cutting in California

March 2001

Ross Bindery does trade work for commercial printers—a lot of perfect binding, saddle stitching, folding and, obviously, cutting services. Average runs number into the millions, with some jobs requiring dedicated cutting for a few days or up to a week. The faster the equipment, the better it is for the company's bottom line.

"Now, there is less time spent in the cutting department than there was before," says Jackson of the time since the Itoh cutters were installed. "We are able to cut down on overtime, and stay ahead of the cutting work before moving to the folders."

And it would seem to be good timing that the company would choose now to make this kind of installation. "We have two really big seasons here," Jackson explains, "and one of them is coming up now, so we wanted to get the new equipment up and running. We get really busy with annual reports for the next two months." Towards the end of the year, Ross Bindery is busy with considerable work from the automobile industry.

"They are our two biggest times of the year," he continues. "But then we are continually doing a lot of manuals and any other commercial work."

To help keep up with the demanding workload it faces, Ross Bindery not only has added new equipment, including new saddle binding and folding gear, but it also upgraded and moved its facility a year ago. The company moved from City of Commerce, CA, to Santa Fe Springs—an area outside of Los Angeles. Ross Bindery is located close to Interstate 5, giving it easy access to many large southern California printers.

The shop grew from 38,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet after the move. Not only did it double its plant size, but also its volume. Ross Bindery boasts 160 employees, working on two shifts. If history is any indicator, Ross Bindery still is not finished growing.


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