Superior Bindery — A Cut Above
More and More Services
Superior Bindery's capabilities have grown to include stitching, perfect binding, mechanical binding, diecutting, diemaking, pocket folding, foil stamping and remoistenable gluing. Ancillary services include cutting and folding, packaging and distribution, along with shrink wrapping.
"Our services have evolved continuously since 1990 to meet customer needs and to respond to opportunities we perceive in the industry," Donny Charlebois says. "We're continuing to grow and expand services, especially in the diemaking area."
In this regard, Superior Bindery added a Bobst SP 104 SE diecutter to bolster its line of Heidelberg units. Two more Bobst machines and a Gerber diemaker were added in 2002, and a dedicated die maker (Steve Rich) and metal and sculptured die maker (Joey Yetman) were added to the employee ranks. Superior now boasts six Bobst machines between its two locations, including two dedicated Bobst foil stampers.
It was the addition of Baystate Bindery—once one of Superior Bindery's fiercest competitors—that expanded Superior's capabilities, particularly in the area of perfect binding, with three perfect binders cranking out books at speeds up to 12,000 books per hour. Seven saddle stitchers top speeds of 14,000 books per hour. The companies operate as independent businesses, Charlebois says, in order to keep their small-sized printer base happy while providing them with the economies of scale.
As Charlebois was studying the potential deal, he realized the complementary fit was too good to pass on. "What we did well, like stitching, they didn't do much. And they specialized in perfect binding, which we had just started to do," Charlebois says. "It was really a case of one plus one equalling four. The alliance allows us to provide our customers with significant time and money savings due to our ability to provider a broader spectrum of services, faster and better."