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Sheetfed Pressroom Conference Attendees To Tour Leading Chicago Printers

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

PARAMUS, N.J., APRIL 14, 2004 – Attendees of The 2004 GATF/PIA • NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference, to be held June 13-15, 2004, at the Marriott O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, will have the option of enriching their conference experience with a plant tour of one of four leading Chicago-area printers. Debuting at last year’s Sheetfed Conference, the plant tour option proved to be a highly popular feature among attendees. The informative tours, offering insights into the innovative solutions being applied by some of the area’s top printers, are scheduled to “top off” the Conference the afternoon of June 15. Participants can choose to visit one of four companies: • Allstate Print Communication Center, Wheeling, Ill. Winner of NAPL’s 2003 Management Plus Hall of Fame Award, this innovative in-plant operation, the second largest in the U.S., operates 24/7 with 360 full-time employees. Allstate took a leading role in the digital revolution when its Print Communication Center began using computer-to-plate (CTP) technology more than a decade ago. It was the first facility to install a DocuTech and the second in-plant in Chicago to install an Indigo, and offers a host of value-added services, including a fully automated intelligent insertion operation, fulfillment, and kit packing. • Bruce Offset, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Part of Moore Wallace, this sheetfed printing facility has been producing high-end marketing and product collateral, annual reports, point-of-purchase materials, and corporate communications for both the Chicago and national markets for more than 50 years. Its numerous print awards testify to its capacity to produce sophisticated print projects. Bruce Offset’s production area features 28”, 40”, and 78” Komori and Heidelberg multi-color presses. Committed to continuous improvement, the company is ISO 9002 certified. • F.C.L. Graphics, Harwood Heights, Ill. This printer’s newly remodeled, climate-controlled facility contains 110,000 square feet of state-of-the-art prepress, sheetfed, and web equipment and technology, including a CRC Computer Management and Estimating System, electronic press plate scanning for ink fountain settings, a MAN Roland 700 with waterless capabilities, and an aqueous coating tower. • JohnsByrne Company, Niles, Ill. The pressroom of this full-service organization, one of the top sheetfed companies in the U.S., features six-color Komori presses with automatic makeready integrated to prepress, inline coating and U.V. coating capabilities, and closed-loop press control for densitometer and spectral evaluation, as well as automatic density measurement, data collection and analysis, and statistical process reporting. Plant tour participation fee is included in the overall Conference fee (see details below). Registration is limited for each tour, so those interested in taking advantage of this popular Conference feature are encouraged to register early by calling (800) 910-GATF (4283), Ext. 310, or (412) 741-6860, Ext. 310, or going online to www.gain.net. Conference fee is $595 for GATF/PIA and NAPL members ($695, non-members). Individuals who register before May 3 receive a $50 discount. Companies can maximize the benefits of the Conference by registering a number of pressroom employees to take advantage of multiple-registrant discounts.




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