December 22nd, 2003 - Blue Island Newspaper Printing of Blue Island, Illinois has installed a new Goss Community four-high press tower as a further expansion of its extensive print capacity. The new 22" cutoff tower takes to 60 the company's total number of Goss Community units and enables Blue Island Newspaper Printing to offer a wider range of products to its broad portfolio of contract clients.
This latest investment at Blue Island Newspaper Printing (BINP) has been largely driven by increasing demand from customers for advertising inserts and other promotional items for insertion into existing publications. The company also plans to run inline glue and trim for fast turnaround book work.
Gary Rice, Jr., Vice President of Blue Island Newspaper Printing, explains why BINP has once again come back to Goss to increase production capacity. "This company was founded in 1971 with three Goss Community units and a Suburban folder and, as we grew incrementally, we have installed more units and extended the walls of our plant to accommodate them. Throughout this time, we have consistently found the Community to be reliable and easy to maintain.
"With our 60 units, including 11 four-high stacks, BINP probably has more color capacity than any cold-web printer in the Midwest. In one line we can run five webs of back-to-back color and hold registration tighter than most. As a testament to this quality and reliability, our international client list includes three daily newspapers and a variety of well-read weekly and monthly publications. Our 22" cutoff has also been a big plus for publishers looking to trim newsprint costs."
Exclusively a commercial contract printer with no publications of its own, BINP is dedicated to anticipating and satisfying customer requirements. As such, the company is focused on emerging technologies and has been a consistent early adopter of new print methods and systems.
Operating Agfa/Autologic green laser CtP equipment and IntelliNet and ProImage workflow, BINP receives a considerable proportion of its work direct from both national and international locations via T1 connections and FTP. The company is also at the forefront of remote digital proofing technology, running contract proofs on newsprint via calibrated printers for leading international daily titles.
According to Gary Rice, Jr., the company culture of focusing on the latest printing technology supports its re-investment in Goss technology:
"I have occasionally encountered the misconception that the Goss Community is static technology," comments Gary. "This couldn't be further from the truth. With each re-investment in Community units we have benefited from the latest improvements and modifications, from speed increases to motorized registration; and we have the additional flexibility of the single-width design.
"Our industry is changing technologically faster than at any point in our past. BINP has been very successful in keeping up with these changes. Recent technology has made us extremely competitive and has given us the knowledge to help publishers move forward with us."
"Goss continues to develop the Community product line with exciting new features such as our digital control system, but we also increased the continued compatibility of this product for our loyal customer base," said Don Pallotto, Goss International Director of North American single width and commercial sales.
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