Specer Press--Independent Thinking
"To recognize this event, we have a plaque that will be placed on the machine, and I'll read it: 'In recognition of your purchase of the 50th Heidelberg Pacesetter 1000, June 3, 1998, Heidelberg Finishing and Spencer Press, Partners in Progress.' "
A second plaque bearing the same message accompanied a majestic grandfather clock that Heidelberg gave to Spencer as a token of appreciation. Heidelberg also brought gifts for the bindery staff: blue T-shirts that read "Heidelberg, 50th Pacesetter" on the front, "Partners in Progress" on the back.
Representatives from Heidelberg Finishing Systems weren't the only "Partners in Progress" in attendance. Executives from Heidelberg Web Press were also on hand to congratulate Spencer for its purchase of two eight-unit M-3000 presses.
Spencer placed orders for the "Sunday" presses in May. The first M-3000 will ship at the end of calendar year 1998 for installation in spring of 1999; the second will ship a year later. The two web presses will join an existing M-3000, an M-1000B, an M-1000A, an M-850 and two M-110Bs.
In addition to the new stitchers and presses, Spencer Press is investing in a whole new state-of-the-art Scitex front end. The company is also building 150,000 square feet of space for material handling, which will expand the facility to 400,000 square feet.
Spencer expects to spend $35 million on the new equipment and renovations. Still, the additional space and increased capacity won't change Spencer's outlook. The company may be getting bigger, but its business practices will remain the same.
"I consider Spencer Press to be large enough to handle anybody's print-run needs, and small enough to react to their problems," John says.
"If a customer has a problem with what we do or what we produce, they can reach me or my brother. They don't have to go through a large bureaucracy to get to the top."