ACROSS the nation
New Facility and Press Installation Are in Fashion
CORONA, CA—AVID Ink, a dye sublimation printer located here, recently replaced an older 64˝ KBA press and built a facility to house the new press and new computer-to-plate equipment to support it. The printer stayed with KBA as its supplier of choice by installing a five-color, 64˝ Rapida 162 sheetfed press plus coater. It's housed in the company's new 110,000-square-foot plant.
"Our business depends on being able to turn around, overnight, the latest designs for the fashion industry," says Rob Davis, CEO and founder of AVID Ink. "By investing in the new press, we're increasing our quality and productivity by 200 percent over our older press and reducing our makeready by 75 percent."
After receiving an order, AVID Ink prints the design on its sheetfed press using specially formulated, proprietary inks and special heat transfer paper, and then imprints the clothing for customers.
New Press Keeps Printer Up to Market Challenges
ATLANTA—Preprint, a woman-owned commercial and quick printer located here, recently replaced a two-color Heidelberg GTO-52 with a Printmaster QM 46-2. Regarding the new press, Timmi Verma, who operates Preprint with her husband, Sanjeev, says, "We're not afraid to challenge ourselves. We're always pushing the envelope in terms of speed, quality and technical mastery because we know we have the right tools for the job."
The QM 46-2 joins a four-color Heidelberg QMDI, a Prosetter violet platesetter, a Polar 52 cutter and a Stahlfolder TD 154 with right-angle attachment. The $1.2 million shop caters to regional and local arts organizations, designers, Atlanta city government, Atlanta public schools, and several ad agencies and design firms.
LOS ANGELES—O'Neil Data Systems, a marketing communications and publishing solutions provider, has selected DocuLynx's Mercury software, a package that allows users to index, search, retrieve and print statements made available in PDF format over the Web. The firm will also use the software to convert its own internal files to online storage.
LOVELAND—To more efficiently create proofs and plates and schedule production at two locations, Vision Graphics has upgraded its Internet connection to a 20-megabit fiber optic link at its Loveland facility and a 20-megabit microwave link at its Denver plant. The new connections are four times faster than previous bandwidths. Vision's secure, encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows both plants to operate under one integrated job management and prepress system.
DAYTONA BEACH—DME, a provider of direct marketing response programs, has installed an HP Indigo 7000 digital press to help it expand into new retail application areas, including greeting cards, invitations, photos and photo books. In partnership with Replay Photos, DME is also using the new press to produce short-run collegiate athletic media guides.
ATLANTA—A six-color HP Indigo 5500 is helping ProGraphics Communications address customer demand for offset-quality, short-run and variable data digital printing.
CHICAGO—Glendale, CA-based 4over Inc. has revealed plans to open a new facility here, one of several developments and expansions planned for the first half of this year.
WICHITA—After branding itself as "Single Source" for more than 30 years, Midwest Single Source, the company's full trademarked name, decided to redefine its presence in the marketplace. Investments, such as its recent Xerox iGEN installation and updates to its Website to be more interactive, have allowed the business to evolve into a print manufacturer that reaches national and international clients. Its new tag line is "Solutions through Service."
COLUMBIA—The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has awarded Cadmus Communications a three-year contract. The company will provide a full range of journal production services, including copy editing, composition, content management and printing for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and other ASCO publications.
NEW BEDFORD—Reynolds De- Walt, a cross-media communications company, recently installed an HP Indigo 7000 to augment its capacity and produce the majority of its digital printing work on HP equipment.
SECAUCUS—Investor's Business Daily has selected A.F.L. Web Printing to be its printer for the New York City, New England and Mid-Atlantic markets. The work will be handled by A.F.L.'s Secaucus plant, which first opened in 2008 and completed a second capital expansion last year.
LAS VEGAS—Creel Printing joined more than 400 print providers worldwide when it achieved G7 Master Printer certification.
MASPETH—First Choice Copy and Print, a trade printer located here, recently acquired a Xerox iGen digital color press.
SCHENECTADY—Since recently installing a new six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 with coating unit, Benchemark Printing has already logged more than 1.5 million impressions on the press. It joins a Speedmaster SM 102, an eight-color Speedmaster SM 102 perfector with coater and a two-color SM 102 perfecting press.
CLEVELAND—Angstron Graphics has purchased a Xerox iGen4 digital color press with in-line stitching capabilities for its new AG On-Demand division located here.
SAN JUAN—Carlos Arturo Pérez recently founded Go Print, the first digital printing business on the island. In addition to HP color digital press output, the shop also offers traditional offset commercial printing.
BEAUFORT—Since it began selling printing online last year, PrintKEG.com reports it has achieved growth of 2,600 percent by securing top search engine rankings for "cheapest online printing company."
KEARNEYSVILLE—Avalanche Services has made several enhancements to its business. It recently built and moved into a 20,000-square-foot building, and added a six-color Didde web press and a continuous-feed Stahlfolder. The direct mail print shop also has two Jet presses, a Super Jet and offers complete folding capabilities.
DELAVAN—Central Printing, a full-service design and printing firm, has installed a five-color Komori sheetfed perfecting press with available speeds up to 13,000 sheets per hour. The firm, whose customers include hotel and hospitality, education, medical, financial and service organizations, operates in two plants here, and employs a total of 40 workers.
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