Courier announces expansion, job growth

August 1st, 2013

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Courier announces expansion, job growth

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 7:49 am, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

By Dennis Nartker

KENDALLVILLE — Courier Corp. announced Wednesday plans to double its digital printing capacity at its Courier Digital Solutions plant in Kendallville through the addition of a second T410 color inkjet web press.

The expansion represents about $13 million investment and will create approximately 40 jobs, the company said.

Courier Corp., based in North Chelmsford, Mass., acquired its first T410 press earlier this year as the heart of a new digital printing operation designed to complement its Kendallville offset plant on Marion Drive as well as a pre-existing digital facility in North Chelmsford.

With its 42-inch web width, the T410 offers exceptional flexibility in meeting a high volume of diverse printing needs across a full range of run lengths, a Courier news release said.

Since that first installation, demand for Courier’s digital solutions has continued to grow among leading educational and trade publications, the company said.

“We knew from the outset that bringing digital capacity to Kendallville made sense for our customers and ourselves,” said James F. Conway III, Courier chairman and CEO. “But between our rising volume of customized textbook production and growing interest in four-color digital from trade publishers, it quickly became apparent that we needed even more capacity.”

The new press from Hewlett Packard will be set up next to the existing T410 and is scheduled to begin operating later this year, said Christine Bitner, Courier Kendallville Inc. plant manager and vice-president.

Conway said bringing the new press up to speed quickly is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the company’s 600-strong Kendallville workforce and excellent cooperation from the city of Kendallville.

“I am delighted to be able to offer our customers the best digital and offset service in the industry from this superb location,” he said.

Bitner said she is proud of Courier’s Kendallville employees for their efforts in maintaining successful operations in the Marion Drive plant while also making the Courier Digital Solutions operations start-up a success.

Mayor Suzanne Handshoe said Wednesday Courier will seek tax abatement for the new press. “We are pleased they have again chosen Kendallville as the location to make a significant investment. We appreciate their vision and growth in our community,” she said.

Courier Corp. is America’s third-largest book manufacturer and a leader in content management and customization in new and traditional media. It also publishes books under three brands offering thousands of titles.