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Ripon Community Printers To Tout MAN Roland Press to Print Buyers at Conference

Press release from the issuing company

April 12, 2004 -- Ripon Community Printers (RCP) of Ripon, Wis., has great news to share at this year's Print Oasis Print Buyers Conference. They have expanded their print offerings to include heatset printing on coated and calendered stocks. The firm recently completed the installation of a new MAN Roland Rotoman N press. "With our reputation as one of the top coldset printers in the U.S., adding heatset printing is a natural for us and our customers since we already have the expertise in prepress and postpress,î commented RCP President Andy Lyke. ìWe anticipate some of our coldset customers will move into heatset printing." Manufactured in Augsburg, Germany, the Rotoman press is configured to produce 4/color signatures of 8 to 32 pages. It is the first stacked Rotoman N press in North America. Instead of the eight printing units in a straight line, four units along with a dryer and chill stand are placed on a mezzanine directly above a matched set of equipment. This is a press installation with an international flavor. Roll splicer/pasters were manufactured by MegTec of Gˆteberg, Sweden. Dryers were built at MegTec's facility in DePere, Wis. Closed loop color registration, web control and closed loop register control systems were manufactured by QuadTech of Sussex, Wis. Other auxiliaries were manufactured in Eagle River and Kaukauna, Wis. Besides a 24,727 square foot addition, preparations for the press included an intense training regime with RCP press and maintenance personnel spending time at the MAN Roland factory in Germany, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) in Sewickely, Penn., and Quad/Tech in Sussex, Wis. RCP is a full-service printer that employs 330 with annual sales of $38 million. Owned by the Doug and Audrey Lyke family since 1962, RCP serves customers throughout the world. This is their second year at Print Oasis.