Specialty Finishing Adding Two Rapida Large-Format KBA Presses

Pictured, left to right, after the contract signing on the show floor of GRAPH EXPO 2011 are consultant Don Coggswell; Doug Whitacre, KBA vice president; Mark Wright, Specialty Finishing president; Mark Hischar, KBA North America CEO and president; and Soren Larsen, KBA senior vice president of sheetfed sales.

“During our four month intensive investigative process, we looked at all of the press manufacturers with large-format models,” says Don Coggswell, an independent consultant who was hired by Specialty Finishing to assist in the purchase and accompany them during their press evaluations. “KBA invited us to visit its factory in Dresden, Germany, to see how their presses are built and took us on tours of other KBA printers who had similar presses.

“The decision to purchase a KBA press was a combination of KBA’s versatility to build a press with the exact specifications for Specialty Finishing suitable for their customer base and high-quality, highly-automated presses that could maximize their profits.”

Once the new presses have been delivered, Specialty Finishing will be collaborating with KBA on employee press training. A group of its press operators will be flown to Germany for factory training and on-site training will take place in Nebraska. This training will maximize the full benefits of the two presses, says Coggswell.

“We are pleased that Specialty Finishing chose KBA and our Rapida large-format models over other press manufacturers,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “We believe that our dedication to new highly-automated technology, our flexibility in building a custom press, and our service and knowledge will build a strong partnership between KBA and Specialty Finishing for many years to come.”

About Specialty Finishing
Specialty Finishing began as a small family-owned print shop in 1927. Its dedication to customer needs has enabled the firm to expand and maintain successful relationships over the years. Commitment to customer goals and leading-edge technology has driven Specialty Finishing’s growth to a multimillion dollar operation employing more than 140 people.

In 2007, the firm opened a second facility with 400,000 square feet of cutting-edge, in-house capabilities. The firm strives to be a first-choice carton supplier and work to achieve this through continual investments in people and technology. Its mandate is to provide real solutions to the opportunities created by today’s high-speed, competitive markets. Its diligence and determination drives the company to greater efficiency, competitiveness, and most importantly, responsiveness to customer needs.

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