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Marshall & Bruce Printing Company Installs New KBA Rapida 105 Sheetfed Press

Press release from the issuing company

February 9, 2004 -- KBA North America, a leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer based in Williston, VT, has installed a KBA Rapida 105 41” seven-color sheetfed press with a coater and extended delivery and a perfector between the first and second printing unit at Marshall & Bruce Printing Company, one of the oldest printers in the Nashville, Tenn. region. The press was installed in the firm’s 58,000 sq ft facility in November 2003. "We are very excited to be installing our first KBA press in our facility," says Chip Smith, Marshall& Bruce Co.'s president. "With the new KBA Rapida 105 we are taking full advantage of the latest printing technology on the market today. This press gives us faster run speeds, higher quality, and more automation. Having features like the fully automated plate hanging system and utilizing the CIP4 technology to connect our CTP systems to our pressroom will enable us to significantly reduce our make-ready times and waste. We continue to see a growth trend in our packaging portion of our business and with the new KBA we will be able to offer our customers quicker turn times.Plus we wanted to print point-of-purchase jobs on fluted board and other substrates, and KBA has an excellent reputation for printing on these substrates." Before Marshall & Bruce selected KBA North America as its press manufacturer, the firm took nearly two years to investigate the sheetfed press market. “We went to KBA’s headquarters in Burlington, Vermont to do test runs on our blister card jobs,” says Smith. “The test runs went really well and we were convinced that KBA was the press for us.” Marshall & Bruce Printing Company was established in 1865 in Nashville,Tenn. The firm was purchased by the Smith family in 1983 and remains privately-held. The firm’s business is evenly balanced between general commercial work and packaging printing. Its clientele are mostly headquartered in the Tennessee region with some customers from Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia. “We are pleased to be supplying Marshall & Bruce with a new KBA Rapida 105 seven-color press,” says Ralf Sammeck, President and CEO of KBA North America. “Our new press will allow Marshall & Bruce to continue its growth in the commercial and packaging market.” KBA North America is a leading supplier of sheetfed offset and digital presses located in Williston,VT. It is a member of the KBA Group, a leader in the manufacture of sheetfed offset, digital offset, web offset, rotogravure directory, security, and newspaper presses.