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The Instant Web Companies Purchases Full Web Press with In-line Finishing

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New Press will Cut Cycle Time, Increase Savings, Expand Product Range and Accelerate Product Delivery for Customers Chanhassen, MN (June 5, 2002) - The Instant Web Companies (IWCO), a combination of printing, envelope conversion and mailing services companies, has purchased a full web press with in-line finishing capabilities to expand the company’s growing list of services aimed at direct marketers. The 6-unit Harris M-1000, scheduled for start-up in June, features a state-of-the art finishing line with the latest in industry-leader Scheffer systems including the Series III rotary cutter and TED table for precision and speed. Four double-tiered plow stations provide format flexibility with up to 18 plow folds. “We conducted exhaustive research to custom-design a Rolls Royce press and finishing line,” said Larry Garlick, IWCO, director of operations–printing. “The register system, gearing, rotary cutter, and die cutter are the best available and the closed-end mailer will provide new formats that deliver time and production cost-savings to our clients.” “In a tight market experiencing national plant closings and consolidations, this purchase demonstrates IWCO’s commitment to building our business past its current capacity and capabilities,” said Tom Wicka, executive vice president-sales. “More and more customers are seeking both traditional package and inline formats within a specific campaign. Combined with our commingling and logistics capabilities within our mailing platform, we can now provide a suite of products and services unmatched in the industry.” Market research conducted by IWCO identified format flexibility and speed to market as priorities for direct mail clients. In response to these needs, IWCO designed the press to deliver product in three formats: sheeted, roll-to-roll, or finished in-line. In-line finishing capabilities include die-cutting, scratch-off, perfing, scoring, and personalization as well as remoist, spine, spot, and wet pattern glue. “Our vertical solution consistently delivers both hard and soft cost saving opportunities to clients,” said Jim Andersen, IWCO president and CEO. “With the addition of this new equipment and its capabilities, we can expand on those opportunities by providing a wider range of personalized product formats with involvement devices that boost response. Whether self-mailers or conventional packages, we can ensure value with the most sophisticated proprietary mailing services and technologies in the industry.” IWCO, headquartered in Chanhassen, MN, has served the North American printing and mailing market for over 30 years. IWCO provides integrated printing, envelope and mailing services for direct marketers.