Flower City Printing Invests in New Specially Configured KBA Rapida 164 Sheetfed Offset Press
ROCHESTER, NY—February 11, 2015—KBA North America announces that Flower City Printing, one of the largest, privately-held, large-format sheetfed offset printers and a leading in-store signage and packaging expert headquartered here, is investing in a new specially-configured seven-color, 64" KBA Rapida 164 press with coater and equipped with KBA’s unique automation. The press is due to be delivered in 2015.
"Catering to an incredibly diverse group of high-end packaging customers, our management team is always taking the pulse of their needs," said William Oliveri, president and CEO of Flower City Printing. "After all, it’s been our loyal customers’ success that has enabled our company to grow along with them and invest in the very best equipment. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations each and every day. This new KBA Rapida 164 press is certainly in-line with that goal as we improve our capacity and turnaround time and add this new highly-automated model to our pressroom. This investment allows us to meet our clients’ growing requirements for higher quality color with greater productivity."
Flower City’s new KBA Rapida 164 press is equipped with a host of unique "KBA only" features such as KBA’s dedicated drive technology. The Rapida 164 features KBA’s award winning DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, and the new ErgoTronic console with integrated measuring systems and large wall screen amongst many other new technologies.
Flower City Printing (FCP) was founded in 1970 by Wayne Scheible, George Scheible, Fred Breitung, Timothy Welch, and William Oliveri. After transitioning into a commercial printing firm, Flower City purchased its first large-format press in 1991 to accommodate a client that needed litho labels. Success in the large-format market, particularly retail, led to the purchase of two 64" presses between 1995 and 1998. To accommodate the additional growth, the company moved its headquarters and manufacturing operations to its present 135,000 sq ft location in 1998. Additional expansions have since increased operation size to 375,000 square feet in three locations on a total of 35 acres of land.
Today FCP and its affiliates have grown to more than $68 million in annual sales with about 300 employees and regional sales offices across the country. FCP and its affiliates continue to invest in new space and equipment, adding both offset and flexo presses, plus a variety of peripheral and support assets, including digital asset management systems. FCP and its affiliates serve national and international customers in Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, India) and in Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic). FCP has won numerous awards including Best Workplace in the Americas from 2007 to 2014.
About KBA North America
KBA North America is located in Dallas, and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, flexographic presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating.