Ripon Printers: A Midwestern Delight
While Ripon boasted incumbent Heidelberg sheetfed offset perfectors in the form of an eight-color Speedmaster SM 74 and a six-color Speedmaster CD 74, Dennis Darnick, vice president of production, notes that several of Sells clients had relied on the 10-color press for years. He felt the machine could also be leveraged to serve existing Ripon accounts.
"We're still feeling our way through the work mix that will be produced on the 10-color sheetfed (which was in the process of being installed in Ripon's facility at press time)," he says. "Currently, we are producing much of the work on our existing sheetfed and web press equipment during the installation of the 10-color press line. We feel the 10-color definitely represents a growth opportunity for us in the future."
The acquisition is easily the boldest endeavor in the history of Ripon Printers, which has grown through measured, well-calculated investments in technology while adding capabilities along the way. The company added its first coldset web press in the mid-1960s—Lyke retains many of the original 1960s newsprint accounts cultivated by his late father, Doug—and has migrated toward more heatset work, which now accounts for a larger percentage of its work.
These days, the $37 million performer can provide heatset and coldset web and sheetfed offset output, along with digital printing. The heatset web division consists of two manroland Rotoman N presses, with a Goss G18, Goss Community and Hantscho Mark 16 pounding out newsprint and other coldset products. Ripon's original Rotoman N features four units, a dryer and chill stand placed on a mezzanine, and a duplicate set on the floor—making it the first "stacked" Rotoman N press installed in North America.
On the digital printing front, in addition to Traxion and the Xerox iGen4s, Ripon operates a pair of Canon imagePRESS C6000 full-color presses and a monochrome Canon imageRUNNER 110 at its main facility.