FCL Graphics signs for another six-color ROLAND 700
Press release from the issuing company
Harwood Heights, IL — FCL Graphics, a top-quality web and sheetfed facility in the Chicago region, has ordered another six-color ROLAND 700 press. The system will replace an older MAN Roland model that achieved almost 300 million impressions.
“MAN Roland makes the best press on the market,” says Frank Calabrese, the founder and owner of FCL. “The older press we are replacing still prints an unbelievably great dot, but I felt it was time to take advantage of some new innovations from the company.”
Among those innovations is MAN Roland’s PECOM operating and automation system, which connects a pressroom to the efficiencies of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). FCL researched the new technologies of all the leading press manufacturers before selecting MAN Roland again.
“It comes down to a matter of trust, which has made this partnership such a great success,” says Eric Belcher, COO of Sheetfed Operations. “FCL is approaching one billion impressions on its MAN Roland presses and its business continues to grow.”
Since its founding 30 years ago, FCL has expanded into two facilities with a staff of almost 200 to become one of the nation's largest direct marketing printers. Its fleet of MAN Roland sheetfed systems works in conjunction with a variety of both heatset and coldset web presses to provide a range of printing services to a client list that ranges from local companies to Fortune 500 climbers.
Calabrese makes certain his clients get top-shelf service and he expects the same from his technology partners. “I can be a very demanding customer, as my vendors will tell you,” he comments. “That’s why the thing I like best about what I call ‘the new MAN Roland’ is that they respond to my demands. They listen well and their service support is second to none.”
Integrity is also important to the FCL founder, who runs his business under the motto: “A promise made is a promise delivered.” He was particularly impressed with the press maker’s policy of refusing to finance non-creditworthy printers.
“There are still too many presses in the market, given the current levels of demand, “ Calabrese states. “I hold the manufacturers responsible for financing what seems to be almost anyone who thinks they want to be a printer.
“When I deal with MAN Roland, I know they’re not going to walk down the block and put a competitor in business who lacks sufficient resources. They have the long-term health of the printing industry in mind, and I respect that.”
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