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Maine Governor Attends Press Installation Celebration at J.S. McCarthy Printers
AUGUSTA, ME—Governor Paul LePage, along with the staff at J.S. McCarthy Printers, recently celebrated the installation of a new eight-color, 40˝ Komori Lithrone G40 perfector with UV printing capabilities.
According to Rick Tardiff, president of J.S. McCarthy, since 2007 the company has invested $15 million in its plant and equipment, and has embraced lean manufacturing and waste reduction.“For example, preparing presses for setup used to take 60 to 80 minutes and consume 1,200 to 1,500 sheets of paper waste per job. We now average about 30 minutes and about 400 sheets per job, a huge savings considering we do 1,100 setups per month.”
New Press, Platesetter Help Commercial Shop Expand Packaging Work
TUALATIN, OR—Precision Graphics of Oregon has added a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press with aqueous coater to its all-Heidelberg pressroom. In addition to replacing three existing presses, the new press adds sufficient capacity to bring on a second shift as job volumes increase.
The company is also imaging Heidelberg Saphira Chemfree plates on a newly installed Suprasetter 105 platesetter with multiple cassette loader. “The Suprasetter is a cleaner, greener system that is making everyone around here smile,” says owner Ray Budd. “Despite the recent economic downturn, business is picking up again.”
GLENDALE—Since installing a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 digital press, Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services of Glendale has increased its digital printing volume capability by 40 percent. James Pettersson has also been hired as a digital printing specialist.
RIVERSIDE—Newsprint savings, combined with optimal format offerings for its commercial customers, have led The Press-Enterprise to hire Hall Contracting Services to reduce the web width of its Headliner offset presses from 46˝ to 44˝.
Denver—Since the addition of a new HP Scitex FB 700 flatbed printer and a Kongsberg cutter, Think Big Solutions can now offer direct-to-substrate printing on a wide variety of materials (up to 2.5˝ thick and up to 98.4˝ wide), such as glass, plastic, metal and wood.
ORLANDO—Spectrum Print Communications has acquired DeRoo Printing Services in Casselberry, FL. John DeRoo, former owner, has joined Spectrum as a sales consultant.
SARASOTA—With the addition of a new OKI Data pro900 series digital envelope press, DKS - Digital Kopy Services can now provide short-run, full-color, laser-safe envelopes to the printing trade.
HARWOOD HEIGHTS—FCL Graphics has achieved G7 Master Printer qualification in four key service categories (proofing, digital printing, sheetfed and web offset). According to the IDEAlliance, FCL is one of only two printing plants in the United States to have G7 Master qualification in all four of these print services categories.
Columbus—Pentzer Printing is the first commercial printer in Southern Indiana to operate a Xerox Color 800 press from Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Div.
INDIANAPOLIS—A new Eco-Eagle cold foiling system from Graphic Arts Systems has been installed at Multi Packaging Solutions’ facility here, enabling the operation to offer customers improved foil brightness and stronger adhesion without foil dust.
GAITHERSBURG—ProList Inc. has launched SnailWorks, an integrated direct marketing platform. It is designed to allow direct marketers to coordinate their traditional direct mail efforts with new media such as e-mail marketing, Web landing pages and mobile marketing.
HUNT VALLEY—The Sheridan Group has expanded its Electronic Content Services (ECS) commerce platforms to allow integration with its print-on-demand system, journal anthology support and the ability to auto-import multiple titles into the system.
BRAINTREE—A new Xerox iGen4 EXP digital press is allowing Braintree Printing to print color sheets up to 14.33x26˝. This is the company’s second iGen4 press.
NEWBURY PORT—Bradford & Bigelow has added the EFI Monarch Planner and latest EFI PrintFlow modules to its existing EFI Monarch workflow. The book manufacturer is also updating its scheduling system to the new version of PrintFlow.
NORTH ATTLEBORO—The Artcraft Co. recently installed more than 1,100 rooftop solar panels, powering 100 percent of its engraving department and 50 percent of its offset printing department.
ANN ARBOR—Edwards Brothers Malloy offered its support to World Book Night, an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books, by donating prepress services, printing and binding for 35,000 copies of “Friday Night Lights” by author H.G. Bissinger.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Bureau of Engraving has selected a new SelectDryer UV system from manroland sheetfed to upgrade its existing six-color, 73˝ Roland press with coater.
NEW HOPE—In an effort to establish a larger footprint in the pharmaceutical insert market, Chippewa Graphics has added a two-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfector.
NORTH MANKATO—Precision Press has ordered a Goss Sunday Vpak web offset printing system. The first Vpak install worldwide, the new press will be configured for flexible packaging applications with Sunday Vpak 500 web offset printing units, as well as a Goss in-line flexo and coating unit. It will go into operation at the Taylor Corp. facility here later this year.
ST. LOUIS—Nies/Artcraft, a Consolidated Graphics company, is consolidating two of its facilities into a single, new location. Valcour, Nies/Artcraft’s digital printing facility in Valley Park, as well as the company’s fulfillment center in St. Louis, are moving into the new building in phases.
BELLMAWR—Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, has selected Evergreen Printing to produce Daily Variety Gotham. The daily is being printed heatset web offset on coated paper.
DEER PARK—A new Peak Performance Speedmaster XL 106-8+L was purchased at drupa by DWS Printing Associates, a package and label printer. The new press is the first in the United States to be configured with the combination of a CutStar in-line sheeting system, hybrid UV technology, and both Prinect Inpress and Axis Control color measurement and control systems.
ROCHESTER—Hammer Packaging has invested in two new web presses: its third variable speed offset printing (VSOP) press with sleeve technology and a new 10-color Nilpeter UV flexographic narrow-web press.
DAYTON—A new ECRM MAKO 4matic CTP system has been installed at Westendorf Printing.
TWINSBURG—Visual Marking Systems has obtained Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification.
LANCASTER—By adding a pair of Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting systems to its Sunday 2000 web press, Intelligencer Printing has enhanced the level of personalization it offers to clients.
MALVERN—Great Atlantic Graphics has acquired a second Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 (a four-color perfector). It also installed a Stahlfolder Ti52 continuous-feed, two-station folder with vertical and stream deliveries at its sister facility, located in King of Prussia.
WILKES BARRE—Impressions Media has purchased a press electrical control system upgrade from manroland web systems. Installation will begin in late 2012, and will initially include the folder controls. Printing units, controls and upgrades to the press management consoles will be executed over time on the 17-year-old manroland Geoman web press.
ADDISON—National signage and graphics company Signs By Tomorrow has opened a new center, owned by Kevin and Cheryl Engle, at 15902 Midway Rd. (next to the Addison airport).
AUSTIN—ProGraphix, a wide-format digital printer specializing in eco-friendly retail, exhibit, event and promotional graphics, has received Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification.
SALT LAKE CITY—AlphaGraphics is relocating its headquarters to a suite on the third floor of Parkside Tower.
SALT LAKE CITY—A new Diversified Graphic Machinery (DGM) Foildex cold foil and Filmdex UV cast and cure system have been purchased by Utah Paper Box. The company plans to install the Foildex technology on its manroland 707 press. Interdeck docking ports will enable use of the system on different press towers.
DANVILLE—A new Eco-Eagle off-line hot foil system has been installed by Graphic Art Systems at AGI-Shorewood to produce high-end cosmetic, tobacco and other decorative printing for the consumer market.
RICHMOND—Worth Higgins & Associates has acquired Page Stationery, which will still retain its name.
STAUNTON—Folding carton printer Carded Graphics is the first U.S. printer to install Heidelberg’s internally integrated Prinect Inspection Control visual inspection system with an in-line RGB camera on its seven-color Speedmaster XL 105 hybrid UV press.
MADISON—Webcrafters Inc. has earned Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification.
STEVENS POINT—Worzalla Publishing has invested in a four-color Kodak NexPress, a one-color Océ print engine, and paperback and hardcase binding equipment.
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