In the last several years, the company also invested in a six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 interdeck UV waterless press; a JDF-based Polar cutting system; and Metrix for automated imposition and layout.
In addition to the two KBA presses, MOSAIC's pressroom comprises two Heidelbergs: a six-color, 40˝ Speedmaster CD waterless press with in-line aqueous coater; and a six-color, 40˝ Speedmaster perfecting waterless press with in-line aqueous coater. On the digital end, the company operates two six-color HP Indigo 5500 digital presses. In addition, MOSAIC maintains an in-house bindery, a mailing department, and has more than 20,000 square feet of fulfillment and warehousing space.
The company was founded in 1948 as Fontana Lithograph. The Fontana brothers operated out of the back of their family owned dry cleaning business, and later moved into another facility to take printing on full-time. Connors' father bought into the firm in the 1970s and the company became Fontana Lithograph/Affiliated Graphics. As the sons of Fontana and Connors transitioned into managing and taking the company into new directions, they also rebranded the company name to MOSAIC.
The company reported $38 million in sales for 2008. Last year, the 158-employee operation was also awarded the Printing Industries of America's "Best Workplace in the Americas" award for seven years in a row, and the "Best of the Best" award for four years running.
One problem that both owners feel the industry faces today is the public misconception that the printing industry is to blame for deforestation. What is often overlooked, points out Fontana, is that trees are a renewable resource. Because of reforestation efforts, the total forest area in the United States has been relatively stable for the last 100 years.
Moving forward, MOSAIC will continue to focus on growing its point-of-purchase, packaging, UV and lenticular printing businesses, and will also explore social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and how those platforms can be integrated into customers' existing marketing programs.