American Printing — Fast-track Firm
"Without a full-size web at this point, there are many product lines in which we can't be competitive," Stanford admits. "The complementary addition of the full-web will allow us to expand with our existing customers and compete in some markets where we didn't have a fit previously."
The sheetfed department is decidedly Heidelberg, with a pair of eight-color, 40? Speedmasters; one four-color, 40? Speedmaster; one four-color, 25? Speedmaster; and a two-color, 40? Speedmaster leading the way. The web division consists of two Didde webs and a six-unit, 26? Zirkon heatset press equipped with inline pattern perfing, inline gluing, a Gämmerler rotary trimmer and folding capabilities. A Xerox DocuTech leads the variable printing division.
In the bindery, American Printing operates two 54? Polar cutters, an 18-pocket Wohlenberg perfect binder, and six- and eight-pocket Muller Martini stitchers. But MBO America equipment rules the roost, with five 32-page MBO folders and an eight-page MBO folder. Aside from dependability and solid customer support, what strikes American Printing Plant Manager Rich Clair the most about the MBO gear is its ease of use.
"I've been around a number of different manufacturers' equipment and they all can fold," Clair says. "But we hire a lot of young people for the bindery, and they have to learn how to makeready the equipment. They usually lack any background but, within a reasonable amount of time, they're able to properly set up our MBO folders."
Recent investments have helped enhance American Printing's prepress department, with redundancies added to its KPG Matchprint and Agfa Sherpa proofing systems, as well as its Agfa platesetting systems. About $1 million has also been invested on inline finishing. In a five-year period prior to 2004, Clair estimates that American Printing spent $12 million on presses and related equipment.
"Bo has never been shy about signing a check for a web or sheetfed press," he says.