Hannaford & Dumas Now Running the Biggest Ryobi Press in the States
WOBURN, MA—Oct. 18, 2011—Four tractor trailers loaded with components, six full-time specialized technicians, and eight weeks of hard labor all contributed to the install of a Ryobi 750 10-color UV printing press at Hannaford & Dumas Commercial Printers. It is reportedly the biggest of its kind installed in the United States so far.
Hannaford & Dumas is one of the largest privately owned commercial printing companies in New England. Since 2009, it has nearly doubled its workforce, revenue, space and capabilities to combat the economic trends in the printing industry. This press is the latest of many large-scale enhancements the company has made in recent years.
“Staying current with the latest technology and equipment is the only way we can compete effectively against printers with a fleet of larger presses. We’re well known for quality offset sheetfed printing. And this new 10-color allows us to do the same work we’re known for—but faster and more economically,” asserts Steve Bryer, company president.
The Ryobi 750 press has UV and perfecting capabilities that virtually cut printing and drying times in half for most projects, and it is the most automated printing press that Ryobi makes. Therefore, it keeps an efficient tab on labor hours per job as well. In addition, the 750 has the ability to print on almost any substrate, including plastic, which opens up a world of new opportunities in print packaging for Hannaford & Dumas—something the company has not done much of in-house until now.
“It’s been a tough eight weeks to get this press up and running,” reports Bryer. “The shop was turned upside down to fit it in, and the calibration and install has been a slow and tedious process. But, now that it’s running, it’s running like a top. We expected nothing less from it and knew it would be worth the wait.”