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Von Hoffmann Announces Major Bindery Investments to Enhance Capabilities and Capacity

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

ST. LOUIS, June 13 -- Von Hoffmann Corporation, a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, and a leading North American educational and commercial printer, today announced a $5 million investment in bindery equipment for its Jefferson City, Missouri facility. This capital project includes the addition of a high speed Corona soft-cover perfect binding line, integration of Smyth sewing into a bindery line that will now be capable of providing both Smyth sewn and notch VonBind binding options for both case-bound or soft-cover formats, deployment of a state of the art Kugler-Womako spiral binder for textbook teacher's editions in both wire and plastic formats, and the expansion to 60 pockets on an existing bindery line. The Jefferson City manufacturing facility is currently one of the largest book printing facilities in the United States, with the largest installation of closed-loop color control systems in the United States. The new bindery assets are scheduled to be operational by the beginning of the third quarter of this year. "The addition of this equipment is strategically important in that it increases both capacity and efficiencies across all binding styles within the Jefferson City facility," commented John R. DePaul, Executive Vice President of Von Hoffmann Corporation. "These investments, along with our previously announced pressroom additions, uniquely position Von Hoffmann to serve our customers by meeting their growing needs for the delivery of quality products within a shorter production cycle." "I am excited about these bindery additions because they will significantly expand our operations in a number of key areas," said Mark Swisher, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Von Hoffmann Corporation. "These investments provide significant binding capacity for all our key product lines, including case-bound textbooks, soft-cover product, teacher's editions, and high page count products which typically require costly multiple passes on other printers' bindery lines." "Von Hoffmann has always been dedicated to listening to our customers' needs and investing in solutions," remarked Rich Dunn, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Jefferson City facility. "These bindery investments position Von Hoffmann to better meet the anticipated demand in our markets, and once again demonstrate our commitment to our markets and our valued customers."




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