Coldwater, Ohio - BESTCHEM + SUPPLY began selling and training users of Habitat products in August of 2009 and customers are reaping the benefits.
One of their many customers is Thomas Slate, pressroom supervisor from the University of Illinois at Springfield. The University made the switch from traditional inks and pressroom chemistry and press washes to Habitat products in May of 2010.
According to Slate, "I knew it was just a matter of time before the state of Illinois mandates us to start using more eco-friendly products. I wanted to be ahead of the curve. Habitat offered exactly what I was looking for, an ink, fountain solutions and press wash system. BESTCHEM + SUPPLY made a trip to my facility, provided training and within a matter of minutes I was up and running. I've never looked back, Habitat is now our exclusive provider."
The University of Illinois at Springfield print shop uses poly plates averaging approximately 200,000 impressions a week using a 524 Ryobi and 2 ABdicks. They handle printing for every department on campus, everything from college catalogs to fliers.
"The Habitat inks are vibrant and consistent every time," said Slate. "Before, I would open a can and the colors would vary from time to time. Now, those frustrations are gone. Another aspect I like about Habitat is all the products are made in the United States."
BESTCHEM + SUPPLY was one of the first dealers in the United States to sell Habitat products. There is no other dealer in the country that has more actual pressroom experience using these types of products.
"We believe in the brand," said Pete Berger, pressroom technician at BESTCHEM + SUPPLY. "Habitat is the most innovative ink and chemistry system on the market today. In the University of Illinois at Springfield's case, they are experiencing faster dry times, elimination of many of the odours associated with the pressroom while lowering the overall cost of production."
Slate noted, "Habitat products speak for themselves; I just wish more people would try them."