Anderson Lithograph--All the Right Moves
factor," Fosmire notes. "I have a lot of faith in Paul and Jerry, which I can't say about . . . some guys [who] just storm in, make a decision and that's it. They're not that way. Not that I'm any kind of expert, but I've been at this for 40 years and I've seen Anderson Lithograph grow from a $700,000-a-year company with 19 employees when I joined it to a $150 million-a-year company when we sold it. It's been a real experience and an exhilarating ride."
Fosmire's ride began in 1960 when he joined Anderson Lithograph as a stripper, and eventually took on virtually every job down the production line. Under his guidance, Anderson Lithograph has ridden the cutting edge of technology, from prepress to press to finishing. Along the way, that has meant changing manufacturer brands, namely in the press department. Just recently, Anderson Lithograph converted a number of its sheetfed offset presses from Komori to new Heidelbergs. Ten years earlier, Anderson had made a switch to Komori from Heidelberg.
More Than One Brand
In each instance, Anderson Lithograph weighed the factors most important to the company and its customers. It is not uncommon to walk through the facility and spot different manufacturer's models. In fact, a Baker-Perkins web—rebuilt 10 years ago and running smoothly—is still a valued press.
"When we purchase equipment, we try to buy what we consider to be the best piece of available equipment that fits our needs at any particular time," Fosmire states.
The company has replaced two of its six-color sheetfed presses with eight-color Heidelberg Speedmaster units, which feature interdeck UV dryers that can also run conventional inks, thus offering more flexibility. Anderson previously used dedicated UV presses that could not make the switch from UV to conventional offset printing. Another six-color press is slated to be replaced over the next year, bringing the sheetfed arsenal to six eight-color Heidelberg UV presses.