At the center of the investment are two presses—the 10-unit sheetfed Manroland HiPrint 700 perfector and the eight-unit, double-web Goss Sunday 2000—both considered manufacturing powerhouses in their respective categories. Facilitated by MKM Importers, the HiPrint 700 perfector purchase will improve Creel’s sheetfed capacity by 75 percent, while allowing more competitive pricing on up-to-10-color projects produced as conventional, UV, waterless, or custom rainbow security printing. The HiPrint 700 is equipped with an inline roll sheeter, which improves efficiencies and reduces paper waste. The Goss Sunday 2000 purchase is even more significant. The eight-unit, 48-page press will provide for a broader range of print formats and inline finishing for high-volume magazine, catalog, and newspaper projects, alongside notable environmental improvements.
Blooming Color, Inc. announced the acquisition of Graphics Plus, Inc., a commercial printing and marketing services company located in Lisle, Illinois.
“For over fifty years, Graphics Plus has provided creative and print-based marketing support throughout the country,” said Michael Jais, president of Graphics Plus. Joining the Blooming Color team will greatly expand our digital services, finishing, and distribution capabilities for our clients.”
“We are so pleased to welcome the talent and expertise from Graphics Plus to our team,” added Brian Scott, president of Blooming Color. “They have been a fantastic example of exceptional commercial printing for years, and the combination of our two companies will incorporate their skills with our additional capabilities – and we could not be more excited about what our combined entities will offer our expanded client base.”
The combination of Blooming Color and Graphics Plus will have up to 60 employees in four facilities in the Chicagoland area, where they boast one of the largest HP Indigo digital offset press fleets in the Midwest.
Blooming Color is ranked among Printing Impressions 400, which recognizes the top 400 print providers in the country.