Worzalla, an employee-owned company specializing in printing high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and coffee table books, announced that it will be embarking on an extensive modernization and expansion plan to enhance the company’s production capabilities for its customers. Worzalla is investing $12.5 million in new machinery and capital improvements to the company’s headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, over the course of the next few months.
“We’re making this investment in direct response to the growing market interest for additional U.S. book manufacturing capacity, as the demand for domestic book production has been steadily rising over the past two years,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO of Worzalla.
Worzalla’s modernization plan consists of three key components, including building a 50,000 square foot addition to the manufacturing headquarters, a new 8-unit Heidelberg press, and a new Kolbus perfect binder. Due to quicker make-readies, enhanced efficiency and increased reliability, Worzalla says they expect to achieve a significant increase in production levels following full implementation of the modernization plan.
This investment follows the $5 million modernization investment made over the past year in Worzalla’s Finishing Department.
“The goal of our modernization plan is to strengthen the long-term health of Worzalla for all current and future associates,” said Fetherston. “We have happy customers asking us to take on more work; we have the financial strength to make these investments to grow our business; and lastly, but importantly, we have associates who are the very best in our industry at making the beautiful books that our publishers entrust to us.”
Worzalla currently prints titles from some of the country’s largest book publishers, including Disney Books, Abrams, Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and others. Worzalla’s modernization plan is currently underway, with expected completion in the Spring of 2020.
Worzalla has seen steady growth over the last few years, recently announcing a 14% increase in its workforce at the end of the first quarter of its fiscal year.