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Ohio Firm Buys Speedmaster

CLEVELAND—The Great Lakes Companies has installed a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector press, which can print both sides of a piece in one pass, at speeds of 26,000 iph.

First Compacta 215 in U.S.

CARLSTADT, NJ—Unimac Graphics has purchased the first KBA Compacta 215 in the United States. Unimac Graphics, which boasts a staff of 230, produces flyers, direct mail, catalogs, brochures, point-of-purchase materials and financial research reports through to outdoor advertising or in-store signage. The new 16-page commercial web press is just the ticket for Unimac’s low-volume, high-quality print runs.

Vijuk Equipment Founder Dies

ELMHURST, IL—Michael Vijuk, founder of Vijuk Equipment, passed away August 26, less than three months before his 90th birthday. As an entrepreneur, bookbinder and inventor for the pharmaceutical folding industry, he invented the outsert folding machine, an in-line web press folder for repetitive letters and clamps for three-knife trimmers, among others. Michael Vijuk was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Printing Impressions in 1991.

Collins Lithographing Acquired

BALTIMORE—Uptown Press has acquired Collins Lithographing. Instead of being limited to the smaller, quick turnaround market, Uptown will now be able to meet the demands of many more customers. Uptown will expand its services to include: a complete mailing operation, full bindery and fulfillment capabilities, and on-demand and variable data printing. It will also add several new pieces of equipment including a six-color, 20×29˝ Heidelberg SM-74 DI with coater. Longer-range plans include digital asset management and storage, Web hosting and design services.

Jostens Invests in New Presses

MINNEAPOLIS—Jostens Inc.’s new equity partner, DLJ Merchant Banking, has approved a $6.7 million capital investment in color printing technology to meet the increasing customer demand for more color pages in elementary, high school and college yearbooks. New 10-color Komori perfecting presses, along with associated software, hardware and data storage systems, will be located in Jostens’ Visalia, CA, and Topeka, KS, printing plants.

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