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The Garvey Group Poised to Add More Multicolor Long-Run Capacit

November 2005
Sturtevant, WI--Nov. 9, 2005--The Garvey Group, a network of facilities providing integrated services for the design, printing, internet applications and supply chain management of printed materials located throughout the Midwest, is announcing that its Sturtevant, WI location will soon have additional capabilities to handle long-run, high-quality, multicolor work after the installation of a new KBA Rapida 105 41-inch 10-color perfector sheetfed press with UV and hybrid ink capabilities in early 2006.

 "We wanted to respond to the needs of our corporate customers who expect us to apply the latest technology available to efficiently produce their jobs resulting in lower costs through reduced material costs, faster make-readies and the quickest throughput on the market today," says Dave Arnone, Garvey's sales manager. "We feel that the KBA Rapida 105 ten-color roll-to-sheet perfecting press will provide that platform by giving them the highest quality and flexibility to produce unique jobs in a short turnaround time. We'll be able to produce a straight ten-color job or a five-over-five perfecting job in one pass through the press."

 More benefits to the customer

After diligently looking at other press manufacturers, the Garvey Group chose the KBA Rapida 105 ten-color sheetfed press because it is the most efficient, automated press available. The new press will be equipped with a roll-to-sheet option that will allow Garvey to use roll paper, which is cheaper than purchasing sheeted stock and pass those savings directly to their customers.  The press also is equipped with a variable cut-off option that will also present cost-savings opportunities for their customers to enjoy. The new KBA Rapida 105 will be replacing two existing Garvey Group presses -- a Didde heat-set web press located at the Niles, IL facility and a Heidelberg Speedmaster 40" six-color straight press at the Sturtevant, WI operation.

 The new KBA Rapida 105 provides Garvey with additional automation to help produce client jobs in a faster, more efficient manner. The Rapida's computer control console allows Garvey's two-man press operation to control the entire press run from the feeder to the delivery. Color control can now be dialed in from the prepress department to efficiently set the color parameters to the client's exact standards.

 "Switching from the Didde web press to the new KBA Rapida 105 press is like jumping from a Kia to a Lexus," says Arnone. "We view this new press as a destination machine that sets us apart from our competition. Our goal is to be more productive and satisfy our existing customer base as well attract new clients."

 For the past several years, the Garvey Group has been investing in new equipment at many of its locations, including Sturtevant. The new KBA Rapida 105 ten-color perfecting press joins a KBA Rapida 105 41-inch four-color perfector sheetfed press that was installed in September 2004 at Sturtevant. With the installation of the KBA Rapida 105 four-color perfector press, the Sturtevant location replaced three older presses: a two-color 40-inch, a two-color perfector, and a six-color 25-inch sheetfed press. The KBA Rapida 105 four-color perfector press gave Garvey the flexibility of producing two-over-two jobs or straight four-color work and the ability to perfect on coated stock, something the firm could not do before. In addition, the Garvey Group installed a KBA Rapida 162 64-inch six-color sheetfed press with UV and hybrid ink capabilities in March 2004 at its Nile, IL. facility.

 "KBA has proven to us that they are serious about our business. The ongoing support our production team receives from KBA since the installation of the 105 four-color perfector last year really was an important consideration for choosing them again."  Arnone said.

 Personalized consultative service

"We pride ourselves on providing personalized consultative service to all of our customers," says Arnone. "We don't print one job and then move on to the next. Our goal is to be an advocate for our corporate clients and look at their entire business and find the most efficient means to not only print their product but manage the supply chain as well. Our corporate clientele can be mainly found in the Midwest states."

The Garvey Group is a network of facilities located throughout the Midwest providing:

* Digital prepress

* Commercial sheetfed printing

* Full-service bindery

* Inventory management and fulfillment

* Client internet applications

* Advertising and Marketing

The Garvey Group has three printing facilities producing a wide range of products; including sheet fed and web commercial printing, business forms, digital printing, direct mail printing and large format products. The company also has two distribution centers for supplying logistical support.


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