Niles, IL, August 4, 2005 – The Garvey Group, a multi-division, Midwest-based printing and communications company, has purchased three new sheetfed offset presses from KBA North America that will be installed at its Niles, IL; Milwaukee, WI; and Sturtevant, WI; facilities by year’s end. The new KBA presses further a modernization project that has given The Garvey Group commercial printing capabilities unmatched among Midwest printers. The three new presses represent a multi-million dollar expansion project that began two years ago.
Among the new presses are a KBA Rapida142 56-inch, six-color machine with tower coater that will be installed in Niles; a 40-inch, 10-color KBA Rapida 105 convertible perfector with tower coater with roll-to-sheet feeder equipped with hybrid UV capabilities and Auto Register controls that will operate in Sturtevant; and a 40-inch, six-color KBA Rapida 105 press with tower coater housed in Garvey’s Milwaukee, WI facility. Each machine is capable of printing from 13,000 to 15,000 sheets per hour. The presses are manufactured by KBA North America, one of the world’s leading printing press companies with 15% of the worldwide market.
Speed, flexibility, new markets
The new presses are equipped with the latest automation from KBA offering speed and flexibility that far exceed the capabilities of older machines and expand Garvey’s capabilities in the large format category, as well as in the areas of printing on plastics and heavier board stocks.
“We see a thriving market in large format and printing on different substrates that is not being served,” says Ed Garvey, president and chief executive officer. “We are going to capitalize in these areas by having these presses installed at our various locations.”
Five presses in total
This is not The Garvey Group’s first KBA press. In March 2004, The Garvey Group added a KBA Rapida 162 64-inch six-color sheetfed press equipped with UV and hybrid ink capabilities at its Niles, IL headquarters. This press gave the company the capability to efficiently produce point-of-purchase, signage, and large-format packaging materials. In September 2004, the firm installed a KBA Rapida 105 41-inch four-color perfector press at its Racine, Wisconsin facility. By the end of 2005, The Garvey Group will have installed five presses from KBA in two years.
“We now will have an organization-wide press configuration that is unrivalled in our marketplace,” said Ed Garvey, president and chief executive officer. “As a result of these purchases we have the capability to support some of the fastest-growing market segments plus these new presses serve as a nice complement to our existing press sizes. We have seized the opportunity to be the leader in our market, and our customers will reap the benefits.”
“We are very excited about our emerging relationship with KBA,” said Joe Kulis, COO of The Garvey Group. “We feel that KBA manufactures very high quality presses and stands behind their equipment. Those elements, combined with The Garvey Group’s commitment to quality and service, give our customers the type of capability they should expect from their printing partner.”
The Garvey Group is a network of advertising, marketing, print production, support and fulfillment divisions located in the Midwest and dedicated to the design, production and distribution of graphic and electronic communication materials. Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Niles, Ill., The Garvey Group has additional facilities in the Wisconsin cities of Sturtevant, Oak Creek, Racine and Milwaukee. The Garvey Group’s growth has been driven by consistent ownership -- three generations of the Garvey family -- dedication to professionalism, utilization of the latest technologies, personal service, an eye for detail, and the quality, security and accuracy of its work.
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