idstates Group Buys Lincoln, NE-Based A to Z Printing; Combines It with Jacob North

After 125 years in the printing business, Jacob North continues to provide traditional print and new media solutions for customers with a variety of needs. Over the years, Jacob North has been a trusted partner for area businesses, delivering top quality printed materials with exceptional service, and has also stepped forward as a leader in the community of Lincoln, NE, where the company was founded. In July of 2013, Jacob North became a member company of the Midstates Group. On Dec. 1, Jacob North and the Midstates Group will welcome A to Z into the family of companies.

Roger Feickert, CEO of the Midstates Group noted, “Jacob North is a key facility in our company. We strive to continuously build a strong network of services with the goal of providing outstanding service and competitive pricing to our local, regional and national client base. The addition of A to Z to the Jacob North facility and the Midstates Group further enhances our ability to expand affordable service options for our customers.”

A to Z, which has been in the printing business since 1986, offers all types of quick commercial printing services including short-run printing, digital, in-house creative graphic design, wedding announcements and promotional items. “With the resources that Midstates Group will bring A to Z will now offer high-end commercial printing, mailing services, cross-media marketing, large-format graphics and apparel,” said Justin Feickert, vice president of sales and marketing of the Midstates Group.

“Since becoming part of the Midstates Group in 2013, our capabilities at Jacob North have grown immensely with the addition of new equipment, technology upgrades and the hiring of additional staff,” noted Jacob North General Manager Eric Stevenson. “Jacob North is excited for the opportunity to expand our footprint in Lincoln and the region by utilizing the expertise of Sue Quambusch and her team at A to Z in the quick commercial and digital print market, an area that Sue’s company has expertly demonstrated in Lincoln for decades.”

Packaging Graphics in Pawtucket, RI, Installs an Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System on manroland Press

Eagle Systems, a U.S.-based developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment, has announced the completed installation of its Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system at the manufacturing operations of Packaging Graphics based here. Packaging Graphics is a leading manufacturer of blister cards, folding cartons, thermoformed blisters, trays and clamshells. They produce high-end consumer packaging value-added offerings through in-line capabilities and eye catching inks, coatings and designs. The Eagle was installed early last week, and now operates in unison with the company’s manroland press.

“Our clients choose Packaging Graphics for many reasons, but the one-stop packaging solution seems to be high on the list,” noted Greg Iannuccillo, vice president of sales. “We have a 300,000-square-foot self-contained facility which houses engineering, prepress, the manufacturing of print, diecutting, windowing, gluing, and EAS tag application, as well as all thermoforming operations. The facility also stores our make-and-hold finished goods

and raw material inventory. The Eagle System allows even our sophisticated operation to run lower quantities without sacrificing efficiencies. With the ever changing world of speed-to-market, the Eagle System enables us to be more productive and make-ready conscious while controlling costs.”

Iannuccillo also noted on the installation: “Previously, we had a different cold foil unit installed on the press [manroland Prindor], but with the Eagle System, we expect to expand our services, as well as be more responsive to the immediate needs of our growing client base. One key advantage the system offers us is the use of narrow webs of foil, which in turn delivers significant material savings. And, its ease-of-use greatly reduces our learning curve, while integrating seamlessly with our workflow.

“Our research and direct interviews with other Eagle users really convinced us. Even after committing to the system, we were comforted to see videos of our new system as it was being manufactured. With the installation completed in just days, we’re eager to introduce our clients to how much more we can now offer them.”

The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System 
The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system is a value-added finishing technique for cold foil applications. The add-on system can retrofit to new or existing 28″ up to 80″ sheetfed offset presses from most major press manufacturers. It offers users the flexibility to apply a single 40″ width of foil or multiple widths of foil, in any combination, as narrow as 2″. This ability greatly reduces foil cost and consumption. In addition, the cold foil system operates on about the same amount of electricity as a 1,500 watt hair dryer, reducing energy demands in production environments. This year, Eagle Systems has added the ability to use a 16,000k foil roll which allows for less change over during a job run.

The Eco-Eagle system provides the benefits of high-quality performance and reliability, as well as efficient machine-ability and cost effectiveness. Spot or overall foil coverage is printed inline and then overprinted at standard press speeds. The process uses standard printing plates and features setup times of less than 10 minutes. Eco-Eagle is completely automated thereby eliminating the human interface and operator/machine intervention.