Across the Nation
Capabilities of New Digital Press Lead to Largest Mailer Job in Shop's 34-Year History
NAPLES, FL—With the help of Advanced Print Technologies, Naples Print Source recently added an MGI Meteor DP8700XL digital press that's available with up to a 47˝ sheet length capability option.
Although the print shop didn't purchase the Meteor XL for the super-format capabilities, it is now a new growth area for the business. "Once the Meteor XL was installed, we ran a super-format piece that no one else in our market can do without a large offset run," explains Blase Ciabaton, Naples Print Source's owner since 2013. "This sample got us in the door of a very large client and we ended up doing the largest mailer in our 34-year history."
Prior to installing the Meteor XL, the company outsourced full-color envelopes and ran addresses separately. Now, the shop can print full-color envelopes and address them simultaneously right alongside its offset process.
Sheetfed Press Installation Supports New Imagine! Division, New Vision
MINNEAPOLIS—Imagine! Print Solutions has installed its eighth KBA Rapida press, a 41˝ KBA Rapida 105, at its newest division, Imagine! Minneapolis Express. Bob Lothenbach, president and founder of Imagine!, says the sheetfed press was chosen to help handle the division's tremendous growth of more than 200 percent in sales since 2012.
The new press comes with fully automated quality control and vision inspection systems, capabilities that will complement the company's robust offerings in large- and grand-format UV printing, framing and interior décor solutions.
The new Rapida 105 is in full production at Imagine! Express Minneapolis' 80,000-square-foot facility downtown, which was purchased last summer when the company changed its name from DigiGraphics. "We would like to see Imagine! Express locations throughout the country...," says Lothenbach. "This is the beginning of that vision."
Valencia—arvato North America has installed a Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 MP monochrome inkjet web press.
Stratford—A Xeikon 8500 and a Xeikon 6000 digital press have been acquired by Premier Graphics.
Hialeah—Up2speed Printing has installed a six-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi 3000R convertible perfector from RM Machinery.
Crawfordsville—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recertified RR Donnelley's South Plant here to its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status.
Groton—DFS, a trade printer, has rebranded with the tagline "You. Unlimited." In addition, a new Website, DFSfullcolor.com, and a new line of retail bags and accessories have been launched.
Marlborough—Eastern Advertising Novelty has been acquired by Proforma Marcom Solutions and is now Eastern Advertising Novelty powered by Proforma.
Chelsea—Princeton University Press selected Sheridan Books to print "The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" on its web offset presses.
St. Louis—After merging with Jefferson City-based Modern Litho, Midtown Printing is now Modern Litho-St. Louis.
Neligh—Blackburn Manufacturing has installed a Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed inkjet printer.
Westampton—A Drent Goebel Vision hybrid web offset press has been added at Quad/Graphics' direct mail plant here.
Scotia—Over 800,000 kWh of American Wind renewable energy credits have been purchased by Velocity Print Solutions to reduce its environmental impact.
Miamisburg—Think Patented is one of less than a dozen printers worldwide to have been certified by Pantone for meeting its high standards of color output.
Toledo—Business forms and apparel company Ennis Inc. has acquired Kay Toledo Tag/Special Service Partners via a stock purchase transaction.
Hanover—The Sheridan Press, a foundational member of The Sheridan Group, celebrates 100 years in business this year.
Pittsburgh—Printscape Imaging & Graphics purchased a second Screen Truepress Jet2500UV inkjet printer to coincide with the launch of its new 18,000-square-foot headquarters here.
Knoxville—Opening a second location, Graphic Creations also acquired a 65˝ EFI H1625 UV LED flatbed printer.
Dallas—Marketing FX, a direct mail printer, has been acquired by A. H. Belo