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Heidelberg USA Announces New Product Installation Report

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – October 31, 2006 – Heidelberg USA announces the following sample of new product installations: Whitmore Group Transitions Print Facility with Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 105 Boasting more than 65,000 square feet in three plants, 115 employees and a new 6-color Speedmaster XL 105 from Heidelberg, Whitmore Group President George Shenk is looking forward to another record-breaking year. “We wanted to re-capitalize our plant in Baltimore,” he said. “We recently acquired both Reese Press and Schneidereith & Son. Our challenge was the need to consolidate these two companies and position the new entity for the future by improving productivity and quality.” With its new XL 105 with coater and extended delivery, Shenk expects to see at least 20 percent growth this year; and he is well on his way. On the first day of production on the new equipment, which is the first XL 105 to be installed in the mid-Atlantic region, Shenk ran more than 230,000 impressions. Whitmore Group has a vast array of Heidelberg equipment, including six Heidelberg presses. With so many Heidelberg solutions, Shenk said that his company “depends on Heidelberg for responsiveness and service, and they have never disappointed our team.” Headquartered in Annapolis, Md., Whitmore Group produces direct mail campaigns, annual reports, brochures and corporate materials for the advertising, design, financial, healthcare and education institutions. The company is independently owned by George Shenk and his brother Stephen, and was founded in 1947. Old Ina Corporation Thinks Fast, Installs Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 Even though it is one of the largest print shops in southern Arizona, Old Ina Corporation has been bursting at the seams. The print shop had reached full capacity with still more work coming in -- and it needed a solution fast. “We were looking at 40-inch offerings,” said Plant Manager Chad Smith. “We decided that Heidelberg’s CD 102 would be the best for us.” The print shop is running its new Heidelberg 6-color Speedmaster CD 102 with coater during three shifts -- usually at full speed. Smith said he is impressed with the higher output. “Makeready is twice as fast as our 29-inch press,” he said. “With the new machine, we already have much less waste and are running jobs more quickly.” Old Ina Corporation is an all-Heidelberg shop that also installed a POLAR 115 X cutter in 2005. “We have all-Heidelberg prepress, press, and finishing equipment,” Smith said. Old Ina Corporation serves many types of clients, including corporations, advertising agencies, universities and local small businesses in the Tucson area. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Old Ina Corporation currently employs 120 people. University of Tennessee In-plant Cuts Wide Swatch with New POLAR 78 X The in-plant print shop at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. recently installed a POLAR 78 X high-speed programmable cutter. Installed to replace an older cutter, the new POLAR “has improved the quality and squareness of the cut we achieve,” said in-plant director Gary Williford. “The operators like it because the knife changing is more efficient and it’s easier to program.” The University’s printing operation runs the new cutter six hours a day, five days a week, handling pre- and postpress trimming for the shop’s Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46, as well as digital copying equipment including a Heidelberg 9910 Digimaster and a NexPress color press. Also in the bindery area, a JDF-enabled 45” POLAR 115 X cutter is networked to the shop’s prepress workflow. The in-plant also operates a Speedmaster SM 102 4-color with perfector; a 36” SORDZ two-color; and a 2-color Speedmaster SM 74. The University’s in-house printing and mail operation was established in 1948 and currently houses 55 employees. Rice Packaging Thinks Outside the Box with New Speedmaster CD 102 from Heidelberg As a full-service manufacturer of packaging for high-end national clients in the publishing, tool, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries, Rice Packaging needed a reliable press to manage its growing needs. The Ellington, Conn.- based company found this high performance press in Heidelberg’s 6-color Speedmaster CD 102 with Prinect Image Control. Marketing Manager Dale Stevens chose the CD 102 since “Heidelberg presses are reliable” and said the company is expecting to see a tremendous increase in productivity with the latest addition to its pressroom. Among the benefits, “the automation features have enabled faster changeover, thus allowing us to use a wider range of board stocks,” she said. “Superior print quality, color scanning capabilities, and ease of maintenance all contributed to our choice of the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102.” William A. Rice opened Rice Packaging in 1964 in a quaint, turn-of-the-century dairy farm. Today, the company has expanded into several buildings and produces folding cartons, boxes, paperboard, skin sheets, blister cards, labels and point-of-purchase displays. The specialty printer has more than 100 employees. Mid-York Press Seals the Deal with ECO 80 and ECO 105 Folding Carton Gluers from Heidelberg Almost 25 years ago, The Mid-York Press, Inc. predicted that packaging would be the future of the printing industry. In 1982, the shop owners decided to focus almost entirely on packaging. That focus has fared well for the Mid-York Press, Inc., which now produces highly specialized cartons for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The 180-year-old shop recently installed Heidelberg’s ECO 80 and ECO 105 folding carton gluers. President and CEO Bob Tenney said he purchased Heidelberg equipment “because of the reliable history” he has with Heidelberg, as well as Heidelberg’s service and equipment package. “We look for several criteria when buying new equipment, including workability,” he said. The ECO 80 and 105 are smaller models that satisfy the shop’s needs without requiring the operators to reach or stretch, thereby increasing safety. “The digital capabilities and delivery make everything go smoothly,” Tenney added. Heidelberg’s ECO 80 and 105 folding carton gluers are equipped with electronic, blank-dependent control of the compression and delivery section speed. With the new solutions in place, The Mid-York Press can now run jobs 35 to 100 percent faster. The makeready time, which is especially important with the shop’s short-run jobs, has decreased by 30 to 50 percent. The Sherburne, N.Y. shop has 75 employees. The Graphic Edge Speeds Ahead With New Speedmaster SM 52 and Prosetter 52 To support its growing business, The Graphic Edge in Cumming, Ga. has installed a Heidelberg 4-color Speedmaster SM 52 with perfector and high pile delivery. Graphic Edge is not new to Heidelberg equipment; the shop previously owned a Quickmaster QM DI before upgrading to the new press. Owner Tim Bauer said he has been very pleased with the results from the SM 52 and his other purchase, a Prosetter 52. “Making plates off-line on the Prosetter is more productive because it doesn’t tie up the press,” said Bauer. The shop runs the SM 52 at its full capacity of 15,000 sph with ease. Graphic Edge employees 13 people and has been family-owned and operated for 15 years. The general commercial printer focuses on corporate and marketing collateral. It’s No Mystery: Copy Cats Printing Raises the Bar with Printmaster PM 52 With the installation of a 4-color Printmaster PM 52 with perfector from Heidelberg, Copy Cats Printing is one of the premier print shops in Mississippi. Owner Terry Lacy runs the PM 52 at full-speed whenever the job allows, and reports that the press “far surpasses” his expectations. “Quality has improved significantly, especially with the upgrade from a two-color press,” he said. Lacy uses many of Heidelberg’s consumables, including plates, chemistry and blankets for the PM 52 as well as for a previously installed Heidelberg QM 46. The company also recently upgraded its prepress department with the installation of a new Prosetter 74 from Heidelberg. Located in Hattiesburg, Miss., Copy Cats Printing produces high-quality general commercial work for clients such as universities, law firms and healthcare companies. With 13 employees, Copy Cats Printing specializes in color work and desktop publishing along with all types of general commercial projects. Lacy and his wife Jan have owned Copy Cats Printing since 1982. Print Group Adds Printmaster QM 46-2 to All-Heidelberg Pressroom, Taps into New Markets Print Group, Inc., Ozark, Mo., recently installed a 2-color Printmaster QM 46 press to tap the market for short-run, spot-color work. The new addition rounds out the company’s family of hardworking Heidelberg presses, which include a 5-color Speedmaster SM 74 perfector and a 6-color Speedmaster SM 102. “We are particularly proud to have the Printmaster QM 46-2 join our existing Heidelberg presses,” says Jay Wacha, president. Like its half- and full-size relatives, the Printmaster QM 46-2 provides “excellent quality and productivity,” Wacha says, noting that in the 60 days since the installation, the new press has produced about 100,000 impressions per month – “and that’s just in ramp-up mode.” A Heidelberg press in every format class gives Print Group a leg up on the competition. “The work is out there if you know how to capture it,” Wacha says, adding, “Business has been great.” Established in 2002, family-owned Print Group employs 35 and serves a local and national business-to-business clientele. The company operates a variety of Heidelberg equipment, including a Prosetter 102 violet platesetter and an assortment of bindery equipment, including a POLAR 115 ED paper cutter; a Stitchmaster ST 90 eight-pocket saddlestitcher; two Stahlfolder B-26 folders and a Stahlfolder B-20 folder. The company also is due to install a Stahlfolder KH 82 pocket feeder folder this month. L&L Printers Inc. Meets Demand with New Heidelberg Equipment L & L Printers, Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif., is growing so rapidly that the shop recently made an acquisition to keep up with demand and has brought stitching in-house. Owner Bill Anderson said the shop just purchased a Heidelberg Saddlestitcher ST 90, POLAR Jogger and Stahlfolder. After doing research on the best equipment for the shop, Anderson selected the Heidelberg Saddlestitcher due to its ease of operation and set-up. So far, Anderson reports quick makereadies and fast runs on the new saddlestitcher. The shop is currently running the saddlestitcher for two shifts a day. L & L Printers was founded in 1959 and has grown to 65 employees. Its clients are primarily advertising agencies and action sports companies. L & L Printers owns other Heidelberg equipment, including two POLAR cutters, two Stahlfolders, a 40-inch 2-color Speedmaster XL 105 with perfector and a Quickmaster QM DI. Wisecarver Goes Three for Three with New Printmaster QM 46 Wisecarver Communications, a small general commercial printer in Winchester, Va., recently installed its third Printmaster QM 46 2-color press from Heidelberg. The company needed the flexibility to handle an increasing volume of spot and four-color work, as well as the ability to produce more two-color business, technical and pharmaceutical printing on hard-to-work-with 30-lb. paper. Now, says Owner Bob Read, “I have extra capacity and fewer headaches.” In terms of throughput, he adds, “We used to run 20,000-30,000 pieces in two days. With our new Printmaster QM 46-2 with IR dryer, we can do that much in one day - and the quality is better.” The company also operates Heidelberg TOK, Kord and Windmill presses. Established in 1857, Wisecarver Communications has seven employees and serves a regional clientele with business-to-business printing. Heidelberg Prosetter 52 the Linchpin of Growth for Ullrich Printing Ullrich Printing, a small commercial printer located in Knoxville, Tenn., recently upgraded its prepress department with a Heidelberg Prosetter 52 two-page violet platesetter with automatic single cassette loader (SCL). Owner Peter Ullrich says that the installation is the first step in a companywide expansion into the market for short-run, full-color printing. The company also operates a pair of Printmaster 46-2 presses, a POLAR 78 ED paper cutter, a Stahlfolder USA B-20 folder with right angle attachment, and a Stitchmaster Stitchexpert saddlestitcher. Established in 1979, family-run Ullrich Printing provides general commercial print services to a local corporate and business clientele. The company has five employees. Digital Printing Inc. Looks to Heidelberg Press for Small Runs, Big Results Digital Printing Inc. in Madison, Indiana has installed a new 2-color Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 for producing small runs with the same high quality of a larger press. Owner George Jackson said he looked at various replacements for an older press and decided on the Printmaster QM 46 because of its high quality results and ease of operation. Jackson said the new press has already met his expectations and he is anticipating a good return on his investment. Digital Printing owns several other Heidelberg solutions, including two 2-color MOZ presses, a single color MO press, two Stahlfolders and one ST 90 Saddle Binder. Founded in 1994, Digital Printing is a general commercial printer with nine employees. The shop prints a wide variety of products, from business cards to special interest magazines.




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