ACROSS the Nation
Perfecting Press Doubles Production
BRAINTREE, MA—A six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector press with aqueous coater has been added at G.H. Dean Printing, and it has been twice as productive as the older press it replaced, reports CEO Ken Michaud. The new machine, which is the second six-color SM 102 perfector at G.H. Dean, is turning a lot more jobs in a shorter time due to the high degree of automation.
Founded in 1889, the all-Heidelberg shop is a third-generation, family owned commercial printing and direct mail business that serves a regional clientele comprised of advertising agencies, marketing, financial services and healthcare companies, nonprofits, banks and law firms.
Paw Print Gets Leg Up on the Competition
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT—The owner of Paw Print & Mail, a member of Certified Printers International, was looking for a way to grow his business. He purchased a new four-color Presstek 34DI digital offset press and reports that revenues have grown by 15 percent in the first three months since its installation.
MESA—A new Tensor T-400BE single-width, one-around press has been installed at Freedom Arizona Information, part of the Newspapers Division of Freedom Communications. The press line includes four T-400BE four-high towers, a T-400BE two-high tower, an H-50 jaw folder and six zero-speed festoon splicers.
CHATSWORTH—Owner Paul Marino of Impress Communications is “paying it forward” by distributing $10,000 from company funds into the 401(k) accounts of all qualified employees, as a special bonus for all of their hard work in 2007.
EL MONTE—Specializing in short- to medium-run projects that require quick turnarounds, Lithotech International has invested in a new six-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S press equipped with an aqueous coater and an extended delivery.
IRVINE—Two new Heidelberg machines—a Printmaster QM 46-2 and a Stahlfolder B30 folder—have been added at Myprint Corp.
HARTFORD—To enhance its short-run color printing and variable data capabilities, Lebon Press installed an HP Indigo 5000 digital press.
MIAMI—A new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press has been added at Original Impressions, a full-service marketing communications company.
MARIETTA—A 30 percent increase in productivity and a 50 percent decrease in overtime at Perfect Image Printing is the direct result of a recently installed six-color, 28˝ Komori Lithrone press (NL628C) with aqueous coater.
CHICAGO—Two new Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital presses are now up and running at marketing communications firm Centiv Services.
DECATUR—A new six-color, 56˝ KBA Rapida 142 press with aqueous coater has been installed at Huston Patterson Corp., and a new six-color, 41˝ Rapida 105 press equipped with UV/aqueous coater has been installed at Huston Patterson-owned Sigma Graphics in Ottawa, IL.
PEORIA—In celebration of its 128th anniversary in the printing business, Edward Hine Co. has purchased a new Presstek 52DI digital offset press.
INDIANAPOLIS—Minority-owned graphic communications firm Fineline Printing Group has branched into promotional products and custom apparel, and has purchased a new five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press. Fineline provides services for several high-profile clients, including Eli Lilly & Co., Rolls Royce, Kiwanis International and Honda Motors.
BALTIMORE—Full service printer and book manufacturer Victor Graphics celebrated its 25th year in business April 1st. The company, which employs 140, serves clients across the United States, as well as in the UK and Puerto Rico.
BURTONSVILLE—Westland Printers, a Consolidated Graphics company, is seeing immediate gains from the six-color Speedmaster XL 105 press that it acquired last fall.
EASTON—A new S-Series Model 104L pile turner, distributed by Woodward Jogger Aerators, has been installed at the Cenveo facility here.
SALISBURY—When Gary Crescenze opened the doors of Delmarva Printing, he turned to Heidelberg. Equipment purchased includes a six-color Speedmaster SM 74 perfector with aqueous coater and extended delivery, and a two-color Printmaster QM 46; a Suprasetter A 74 platesetter and Prinect front end; as well as a Polar 115X cutter, two Stahlfolders (B26 and B20 models) and a six-pocket Stitchmaster ST 90 saddlestitcher.
BOSTON—Two new technologies have been added at BFS Business Printing: an HP Indigo 5500 digital press and a Canon imagePRESS 7000. The company already runs an HP Indigo 3000.
LIVONIA—The Anderson Printing Div. of Valassis has installed a NELA plate distribution unit and RAO-M three-point punch/bender to dramatically enhance automation.
FLOWOOD—Service Printers recently crowned its all-Heidelberg pressroom with a new six-color Speedmaster CD 74 equipped with aqueous coater, Instant Gate, Axis Control and Prepress Interface.
MERRIMACK—An HP Indigo 5000 color digital press has been a terrific investment for Papergraphics, according to the company’s president, Frank Lagana, who notes that he puts a sample from the Indigo into his customers’ hands, “and they are blown away with the exceptional print quality.”
BELLMAWR— Vertis Communications’ direct mail facility here has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification; it’s the seventh Vertis facility to do so.
HAUPPAUGE—New Horizon Graphic has invested nearly $2.5 million in new equipment, including a fully automatic, six-color Komori Lithrone press with aqueous coater and closed-loop color controls, as well as a 45˝ Spectrum CIP3-compatible cutter in the bindery.
NEW YORK—The GRACol G7 specification for color management has been incorporated into the press calibration process at digital printing and marketing solutions provider Astoria Graphics, as well as its offset printing and finishing services division, Butterfly Press, located in Moonachie, NJ.
BROOMALL—To extend VDP capabilities to the direct mail market and specialized printing for pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, Prosit Print Solutions has selected a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital color production press.
PITTSBURGH—Centurion printer Reed & Witting Co. has added a new six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 with coater.
CHATTANOOGA—National Print Group recently relocated its silk screen division, previously situated in Kennesaw, GA, to a new 155,000-square-foot facility here. Company officials report that approximately 100 employees from the Georgia plant are transferring to the new location.
MT. PLEASANT—Arthur Blank & Co., part of the American Banknote Group, has expanded into the secure bank card market with the recent MasterCard and VISA certifications of its 50,000-square-foot facility here, where production of secure bank cards is expected to reach 100 million. The facility will also manufacture secure contactless payment cards.
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