Bell & Howell Signs Agreements With GBR Systems
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Lincolnwood, Ill., October 23, 2001 - Bell & Howell, a leading provider of mail and messaging solutions and services, announced today two new agreements with GBR Systems Corporation, a recognized leader in paper-handling technologies. Under the terms of the agreements, Bell & Howell will partner with GBR to introduce two new no-envelope mailing systems for cold-glue and pressure-sealed, self-mailer applications, which will be marketed under Bell & Howell's DemandWorks name. Bell & Howell also becomes an independent service provider for all GBR products sold in the United States and Canada. No-envelope mailers convert documents into sealed self-mailers using standard bond paper and state-of-the-art glue systems, which significantly reduce production costs. The DemandWorks Cold-Glue, No-Envelope Mailer folds and seals up to 35,000 documents per hour using a computer-controlled glue system for the highest efficiency and throughput. It is available with an advanced touch screen for easy operation and with optional inserting capabilities. The DemandWorks Pressure-Seal Mailer uses an integrated eight-roller system and bottom vacuum feeder to fold and seal up to 40,000 documents per hour. "We are excited to offer the latest technology to our customers through our relationship with GBR," said Barry Hageter, product manager of OEM solutions for Bell & Howell. "The DemandWorks no-envelope mailing systems provide an excellent, cost-effective solution for self-mailing documents and will be great additions to the family of Bell & Howell products." The no-envelope mailing systems will be just two of the solutions to benefit from Bell & Howell's award-winning North American service team. Continuing a long history of cooperative partnering, Bell & Howell will now service and support integrated products and stand-alone solutions sold through both Bell & Howell's and GBR's sales channels. "We have been integrating GBR's top technologies into our solutions for some time. We have the training, parts and experience to provide the best service possible," said John Tarascio, Bell & Howell's vice president of Service. "Many of our customers use GBR's equipment alongside our line of inserters and sorters. It makes sense for our customers, for us and for GBR to have a single source for service." "This alliance with Bell & Howell extends our potential customer base throughout North America," added Jeff Brewer, vice president & general manager of GBR. "Not only will our no-envelope technology and products get increased exposure under the Bell & Howell brand, but customers of our standalone solutions will now benefit from Bell & Howell's service group - which is clearly the most respected service and support team in the industry."