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Lake County Press Expands Capabilities In 35th Year

Press release from the issuing company

Waukegan, Illinois, September 6, 2005 - Two new high tech printing presses will be up and running just in time to mark the 35th anniversary of Lake County Press, Inc. (LCP) in September. "We are celebrating our 35th year by adding technologies and capabilities that give our customers more options to print at the highest level of quality," said Ralph Johnson, president and CEO of the high-end custom printer. "This is a way for us to become stronger partners with our clients by helping them better market their businesses. We will be able to offer a full range of printing services which include database management for digital printing and fulfillment/print-on-demand capabilities," he said. "These presses are a major capital investment that show our 'whatever it takes' approach to helping customers meet their design and marketing goals. Our attitude is what has fueled LCP's growth since the beginning 35 years ago," Mr. Johnson said. Lake County Press is projecting sales of $45 million for 2005, up from $42 million in 2004. The company's new NexPress 2100 Plus 4-color digital press is the first of its kind installation in the MidWest. This print-on-demand digital press, which will have an increased format size, can do shorter runs with the same high quality of printing that is typical for LCP. "It means that a field office for a national corporation can order a brochure with market-specific features. Or a client can make a test market run of 50 or 1,000 copies, then later shift to an offset press for a larger rollout for a marketing campaign," says Peter Douglas, senior vice president and director of marketing. The second press -- an 8-color Heidelberg UV Press with fully interdecked curing capability -- opens up a new product offering for LCP. It offers more flexibility from a design standpoint, allowing printing on plastics and other non-paper substrates. It also allows for more creative uses of metallic inks, varnishes and coatings and more vibrant color reproduction on uncoated paper. A few LCP highlights ... The company serves an average of 500 different clients each year. LCP runs a full operation six days a week, three shifts, 24 hours a day. Lake County Press, Inc. was founded in 1970 with 25 employees and an 18,000 square foot facility. Today, it is the largest, privately held sheet-fed commercial printer in the Chicago area, employing more than 200 people in its 125,000 square foot facility in Waukegan. The company also maintains a sales office in Chicago. Lake County Press offers a full range of printing-related services, from pre-press and planning to complete fulfillment capabilities, and has a national reputation for high quality printing, servicing customers all across the country.