Superior Bindery — A Cut Above
Since many of Superior Bindery's customers are looking to complete challenging finishing tasks, and/or need a job turned around in short order, Charlebois and company have always stressed high quality and customer service. Charlebois extends to his clientele the willingness to tackle challenges 24/7. This is augmented by a commitment to the constant enhancement of Superior's equipment dossier. In the last two years alone, Charlebois has acquired a Muller Martini Prima stitcher, two Bobst diecutters, a Muller Martini Tigra perfect binder for short runs and three new Stahl folders.
A short time ago, Superior Bindery got a slight facelift in the paper handling area of its main facility. With the help of Steve Pasquariello, president of bindery equipment dealer Pasquariello Graphics, the building workflow was remapped to gain improved workflow efficiencies. In addition to procuring a 54˝ Saber 137 paper cutter, Superior also installed a Knorr stacklift and unloader, along with a Rachner pile turner—all purchased from Colter & Peterson—which has doubled its paper throughput.
"We have just added our first fully automated Colter & Peterson cutting system, which has nearly doubled our cutting capacity to our diecutting operation at the Superior plant," Charlebois notes. "We have a three- to six-month plan for the second system to go into Baystate Bindery."
Donny Charlebois cut his bindery teeth while working alongside his father, Don Sr., at Trade Bindery in Boston. By the age of 18, he had learned how to use all of the facility's machines, including how to cut paper. But demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit, Charlebois struck out on his own and opened a laundromat. While the business was successful, he yearned for another go at the bindery business. In 1990, at the age of 22, he opened Superior Bindery with bare-bones equipment.
"Not too many people wanted to finance Donny because of his young age, so he had to start out with equipment he could afford," Margie Charlebois remarks of her son's older Lawson cutter, two Baum folders and Omega binder. (Margie Charlebois, Superior Bindery's former hand work super/receptionist and matriarch of the Charlebois clan—is respectfully referred to as "Mother Superior.")