Jake Creps, president of the third-generation family-owned business, pledged to rebuild immediately after the fire. He says plans to construct a new 100,000-square-foot facility and to install the Sunday press systems are on a fast track.
“Thanks to the loyalty of our customers, employees and partners, including Goss International, we plan to be back in full production in the fall – in time for the busiest retail insert printing season,” according to Creps. “The fire was catastrophic, but now we couldn’t be more excited about our future and the opportunity to serve our customers with a new, state-of-the-art facility and the most advanced printing technology available.”
Goss International will begin installing the first new Sunday 2000i press system with a 57-inch (145cm) web width and a C700i folder in June. An identical system will follow in late summer, along with a Sunday 3000i press featuring a 66-inch (168cm) width. Goss International is also rebuilding some existing press equipment damaged by the fire at Creps United.
Together, the three new presses will have the capacity to produce the equivalent of more than 4 million pages per hour. All three Sunday press systems will feature gapless blankets, automated closed-loop controls and Goss QPL quick plate loading technology. Creps United plans to duplex one of the Sunday 2000i presses with the Sunday 3000i press in 2014 for expanded product and pagination versatility.
Jake Creps says technical advantages as well as confidence in the support capabilities of Goss International drove the press investment decision. “Sunday press technology is really in a class by itself in terms of brilliant print quality, advanced automation, lower waste and high-speed productivity,” he explains.”
Creps points out that the single-circumference Goss Sunday insert presses can match the output of double-circumference presses while eliminating the need for double plating for straight production. He says the wider Sunday 3000i model will accommodate page widths up to 11 inches (27.9 cm), while the Sunday 2000i systems will provide an extremely efficient option for addressing the trend toward narrower insert formats.
“We have a longstanding and strong relationship with Goss and we look forward to bringing the quality, value and turnaround-time advantages of this high-performance press technology to our customers,” Creps concludes.
Creps United was founded in 1948. The company prints 100 million advertising inserts per month and also provides graphic design, website and app development, digital printing and signage services for regional and national clients.