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Metzgers Printing & Mailing Enters 40-Inch Market With Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S Press

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Metzgers Printing & Mailing, a 30-year-old commercial printing company located in Toledo, Ohio, announced the installation of a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S sheetfed press with tower coater. The six-color press is Metzgers' first Mitsubishi press and first 40-inch model. It replaced a five-color, half-size press, and joined a six-color, half-size press. "Our business has been growing due to our existing production workflow and sales staff, but we were being priced out of 40-inch work," explained Joe Metzger, president. "We wanted the ability to go after those jobs. Adding the 40-inch sheet size enables us to easily accommodate both higher page counts and longer runs. We can print a 64-page product more competitively compared with half-size equipment. Where we once weren't competitive on 200,000 postcards or self-mailers, we now can compete for half-million-piece jobs. The new press will allow us to print labels for packaging as well." Metzgers operates three shifts a day, five days a week. The $8 million company employs 55 full-time and 20 part-time workers. A 38,000-square-foot facility houses prepress, printing, binding operations. A separate 12,000-square-foot warehouse is used for storage and distribution. In addition to general commercial printing, Metzgers provides quick printing up to four colors, full-color and black-and-white digital printing, wide-format printing and variable data printing. Metzgers also offers mailing and fulfillment services. Metzger said reliability and service played major roles in the decision to purchase the Mitsubishi press. "All the presses on the market print well and feature a high degree of automation," he said. "For us, the big questions were 'Is the press built well?' and 'Who will help put it back into operation quickly should it break down?' We talked to printers and looked at their Mitsubishi presses in operation. For instance, we visited one shop that ran a 10-year-old Mitsubishi press around the clock. The press looked its age on the outside, but on the inside, we could tell it was built to last a long time. The manufacturing quality of Mitsubishi presses is awesome. Judging by the after-sales support we have received, we're confident the service of the Mitsubishi organization is, too."




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