PA Printer DavCo Advertising Answers Eight-Up Demand with New Four-Color Ryobi 924 Press
KINZERS, PA—May 5, 2014—When DavCo Advertising went looking for a new eight-up press to meet growing business demand, it did what came naturally. It bought a Ryobi.
DavCo Advertising installed the four-color, 36" Ryobi 924 press with aqueous coater in March 2014 at its 35,000-square-foot facility in Kinzers, PA, southeast of Lancaster. The press is now running at full production, joining four other multi-color Ryobis that anchor the company’s offset press fleet.
The family-owned, 47-employee company also has a successful apparel and promotional products business under roof, serving customers across southeast Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
When it began its search for a new eight-up press, DavCo executives reviewed the 40" presses sold by Ryobi’s German and Japanese competitors. But all were quickly ruled out.
One big reason: cost. “The prices we were seeing on the 40" presses were more than double what we paid for our newest Ryobi,” explained co-owner Rick Esh. “Those machines also had a much larger footprint—and had significantly higher consumable and electrical costs. Yet in the end they all still delivered eight-up print, which is what we needed, so going with a 40" press just didn’t make sense.”
The new Ryobi 924 press was sold by G.E. Richards Graphic Supplies, Landisville, PA. G.E. Richards has been one of the largest Ryobi offset press distributors in the United States for more than 30 years—and has sold DavCo all of its Ryobi equipment.
The new Ryobi 924 press has been running five days a week since installation, and more as needed. It joined a four-color, six-up Ryobi 754 press with aqueous coater, which, for 11 years, served as DavCo’s flagship press. Now the two largest Ryobi presses sit side-by-side like the twin workhorses they are.
“Our Ryobi 754 press has never given us any problems—none of our Ryobis ever did,” Esh noted. “Based on our experience, we know the print quality cannot be beat. They’ve all been very economical to own, operate and maintain, with a bare minimum of repair and service work needed. Properly maintained, Ryobi presses are extremely reliable, hard working and super productive. So as our work volumes grew, we were running into opportunities to bid on larger jobs, but we found ourselves not being able to compete price-wise with 40" shops because of our size limitations.”