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Large U.S. Power Company Turns To Ryobi, Again, For A New Printing Press

Press release from the issuing company

LENEXA, Kansas, July 17, 2006 -- xpedx Printing Technologies, the exclusive U.S. distributor and marketer of Ryobi-branded printing presses, said today it has sold and installed Ryobi’s first-ever 8- color press in the U.S. market to the in-plant print facility of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and distributors of energy. The press, an 8-color Ryobi 758 with interdeck UV dryer/curing unit, is the third Ryobi press ordered by Richmond, VA-based Dominion, which operates an all-Ryobi in-plant print shop. Ryobi has been experiencing strong demand in the U.S. and worldwide for its mid-size, 6-up 23x29 750-series presses. “This Ryobi mid-size press delivers extremely strong print quality with unusual ease of operation,” said Joe Gilliland, coordinator for the $2 million annual budget Dominion in-plant facility that produces 15 million impressions each year. The company also has a 4-up 20x27-inch Ryobi 684 and a 2-up Ryobi 3302 press. He said Ryobi presses are very competitively priced given their world-class output quality, technology and automation. Gilliland said offset presses that deliver high quality print are usually very time- and labor-intensive to operate. But not so for Ryobi. “There just are no needless steps to achieving great work. And that, in turn, improves work turnaround time, efficiency and reduces total costs.” $500,000 in annual savings seen because of new Ryobi press Gilliland said makereadies with the Ryobi equipment are a snap, something that’s essential for a hardworking in-print facility that runs 60 hours a week, nearly year-round. The shop handles all color billing inserts, plus brochures, posters, annual reports, calendars—as well as pro bono work for Dominion’s philanthropic partners. He said he expects more than $500,000 in annual savings from the 8-color Ryobi because the 6-up format allows for fewer overall impressions and the UV dryer eliminates drying time. “Work literally leaves the press and heads for the cutter, the binder and is out the door. Our job turnaround time is just amazing because of this press.” Four years ago, Dominion bought the Ryobi 684, primarily for the company’s insert work, resulting in a $1.5 million annual savings in printing that used to be outsourced, Gilliland said. That press now has in excess of 80 million impressions. When there is a service need on either Ryobi press, Gilliland said, it’s often because the busy in-plant shop doesn’t have time for the routine maintenance it should be doing. Still, there’s been little downtime and problems that do arise are handled, typically with a phone call to the xpedx Printing Technologies dealer, G.E. Richards Graphics Supplies. “Our service technician is extremely knowledgeable and reliable, and rarely do we even have to wait for a house call,” Gilliland says. “Usually, he diagnoses the problem over the phone and we’re good to go.” G.E. Richards Graphics Supplies, Landisville, PA, via David Ball, branch manager of G.E. Richards’ Richmond, VA, office, sold the two Ryobi presses to Dominion. G.E. Richards is xpedx Printing Technologies’ dealer covering Virginia, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Florida. xpedx Printing Technologies said the 8-color long perfector prints at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour and handles up to 24-point stock. The company also reports that it has had significant success in placing UV and hybrid versions of the Ryobi 750 series throughout U.S. commercial and in-plant print facilities.