Gateway Press--Taking Care of Business. . . and People
Gateway Press is banking on the trend toward shorter runs. Brown believes the company has found its niche as a medium-run-length web operation, one that won't compete with the bigger publication printers on lengthy runs.
"With the Autoplate system, I believe the focus that Heidelberg has put on the M-600 is to make it a high-quality, quick-makeready machine and still have quite a bit of speed," says Brown. "It gives you quite an advantage. We also have an eight- and 16-page pinless module, so we can deliver four eight-pagers or two 16-pagers out of a double web of paper."
He notes that Gateway is running the module at 5,000-10,000 iph greater than its rated speed when in 16-page mode.
"Now our production manager has the confidence to schedule the work out there, knowing it's going to get out of here on time," Brown points out.
The current updates in equipment, workflow and personnel transform the present into the future for Gateway Press. The printer is presently holding training classes for some of its customers, showing them what is required to send digital files to a printer and have them ready to output to digital plates or to film.
While the company has no definitive five-year-type plans—the ever-changing industry and technology that is constantly getting upgraded inhibit that, according to Brown—Gateway Press does have goals.
"We're striving to be a full-service shop," Brown says. "We want our customers to know that we can do just about anything for them. Our mission is to provide our customers an outstanding service at a competitive price, and to treat our employees and suppliers with utmost respect and fairness."