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Announcing the AMERICAN PRINTER Environmental Excellence Award winners

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM


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Winners of AMERICAN PRINTER’s first annual Environmental Excellence Awards ranged from 10-employee family businesses to sprawling operations with staffs of hundreds. But their reactions were almost identical. “We’re thrilled,” said one printer, a comment many others echoed. Several reminded us that their companies have been green for decades or longer and welcomed the opportunity to share their strategies with fellow printers.

All agreed that sustainability is here to stay. “Being green isn’t something you do in a one-year period,” says Pat Berger, vice president, Mercer Color (Coldwater, OH). “It’s decades of doing the right thing every day.”

Teaming with Premier sponsors Heidelberg and Kodak, AMERICAN PRINTER, in conjunction with the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), has created the awards to recognize commercial printers who are leading the industry in environmentally conscious manufacturing. Gold-level sponsors include Adobe, Agfa, Air Motion Systems (AMS), HP, Mohawk Fine Papers and Presstek.

An independent panel of judges reviewed participants’ production composition, personnel involvement, and manufacturing process and facility to determine the gold, silver and bronze winners. Participants also were invited to vie for “Best Environmentally Produced Product” honors. Competition was fierce, with only a few points separating some of the companies. “We looked for hard facts, for metrics that supported entrants’ claims,” said one judge.

All contestants attaining a defined level of environmental achievement will be included in a special directory of Environmentally Conscious Printers published by AMERICAN PRINTER’s sister magazine, Print & Media Buyer.

The Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented during an evening ceremony at Graph Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. We’ve profiled the winners in the following pages and look forward to congratulating them in person!

25 employees or less

Most Environmentally Conscious Printer

GOLD: Get on the bus

Roger Telschow’s life has been dedicated to personal, social and organizational change. In the late 1970s, he was working as a national organizer on environmental issues, touring the country in a converted school bus with a Multilith bolted to the floor. To put gas in the bus and food on the table, he started doing some printing for other non-profits, and, in 1977, he founded Ecoprint. “I insisted from the start that the print shop minimize its environmental footprint,” says Telschow.

The 12-person company is both environmentally and employee friendly. “Our sustainability expanded beyond environmental criteria to include financial integrity and stability and good corporate citizenship,” says Telschow.

Ecoprint doesn’t have salespeople, but it does have an “outreach coordinator” who educates customers on green printing and mailing choices. These seminars also serve as an audit of a client’s printing footprint.

Here are a few of Ecoprint’s environmental highlights:

Twenty years ago, it reportedly was the first U.S. printer to use a high post-consumer recycled content paper by importing 40,000 lbs. at a time from Germany.

All 240,000 lbs. of paper used annually contains some post-consumer recycled content (PCW)—no virgin paper is used.

A $25,000 EPA grant supported research that led to a line of printing inks that don’t contain any potentially toxic metal pigments. All inks contain less than two percent VOCs and rely on vegetable-based oil.

A mixture of food-grade compounds, citric acid and gum arabic has replaced volatile and toxic wetting agents in the pressroom.

Since 2003, the printer has purchased 100-percent renewable wind power for its electricity.

In 2005, it reportedly became the first U.S. printer to go carbon neutral.

By 2010, Ecoprint hopes to install a vegetated green roof.

Ecoprint (SILVER: Springs, MD) won a 2008 Eco Leadership Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. See www.ecoprint.com.

SILVER: Getting customers & the community involved

Founded in 1930, Martella Printing is a 10-employee company that works with many nonprofits. It is the only Certified Green printing company in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Earning the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program certification required meeting regulations spelled out in a 15-page document that covered pollution prevention, chemical safety, energy conservation and solid waste reduction.

External education efforts are working. “Most of our customers have agreed to switch to our recycled paper and soy-based inks,” reports Tom Martella. “More than 90 percent now are using recycled paper, and 100 percent are using soy-based inks.”

The printer has urged its fellow Salinas, CA, business owners to adapt a sustainability policy. Martella worked with PIA/GATF’s Gary Jones to help define a sustainability policy for printers for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP Partnership) (www.sgppartnership.org).

Equipment highlights include a PlateRite 4300E platesetter teamed with process-free plates and a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52-5 press. Fully automatic registration supports single-pass productivity, providing dramatic ink and paper savings.

Martella Printing’s (Salinas, CA) employees are trained in sustainability practices. The company’s commitment to recycling earned a 2006 CURBEE Award from BFI Waste Services. See www.martellaprinting.com.

Eco Tip: “We go out of our way to purchase cleaning agents that we know aren’t harmful to the environment,” says Tom Martella. Two favorites are Holy Cow (www.holycowproducts.com) and Simple Green (www.simplegreen.com).

BRONZE: Green is standard operating procedure

Dan Weisenbach credits his parents, Paul and Teresa, with inspiring his environmentalism: “They taught me to appreciate nature, pick up litter and always leave a place in better shape than when you arrived.” The business began in the family’s basement as Dan’s attempt to fund his college education by producing novelty buttons, bumper stickers and business cards. In 1981, the three Weisenbachs opened a small print shop in downtown Columbus.

“Green practices were part of our standard operating procedures long before it was popular,” says Dan. “Since 1989, our customers received their jobs on recycled paper, printed with soy inks whether they asked for it or not.” Today, its house text and cover stocks are FSC-certified with 100 percent PCW. Paperboard contains 100 percent recycled fiber. EPA-compliant vendors Safety Kleen and Spirit Linen Service respectively handle waste ink and shop towel processing.

In 1990, Weisenbach printed and mailed its first national catalog of recycled promotional products. Popular items include patented, special purpose funnels and spouts for used oil collection and pollution prevention, custom-printed pens and pencils made from recycled materials, recycled paperboard fans with FSC certified wood handles, and mousepads made from recycled tire rubber.

The 15-employee company considers itself a hybrid commercial and specialty printer. Equipment includes Heidelberg offset printing presses as well as specialized machines for diecutting, button manufacturing, tampographic pad printing, screen printing and graphics sandblasting.

“We are not just a business but a resource in the green community.”

Dan Weisenbach, president

Everything from Tyvek, stretch wrap and plastic bags to batteries and ink cartridges are collected for recycling. Polypropylene plastics (PP#5), such as yogurt cups, are used to make some of their own injection-molded products. “Being nationally recognized and trusted for our green initiatives, we frequently receive calls on how to recycle particular waste materials,” says Weisenbach. “We are not just a business but a resource in the green community.”

Dan Weisenbach serves on the advisory council for the Ohio Dept. of National Resources — Div. of Recycling and Litter Prevention (ODNR-DRLP) and Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB). See Weisenbach Recycled Products (Columbus, OH) at www.recycledproducts.com.

26 to 99 employees

Most Environmentally Conscious Printer

GOLD Two decades of green

Founded in 1976, Alonzo Printing is a 55-employee union shop serving government, education, health care, high tech and publishing customers. Company president Jim Duffy says the general commercial printer got serious about its environmental strategy in 1987, the year that the infamous Islip garbage barge spawned the modern recycling movement.

Alonzo works with New Leaf Paper to maintain inventories of 100-percent recycled and 100-percent post-consumer papers for its digital, sheetfed and open web presses. In 2007, of the 1,953 tons of paper Alonzo purchased, 92 percent contained recycled waste and 42 percent was from post-consumer fiber.

Here are some of Alonzo’s environmental milestones:

1988 | A sheetfed press with alcohol-free fountain solution is installed.

1990 | Sheetfed and open-web presses use soy- and
vegetable-based inks.

1992 | Installing a distiller to remove water from waste chemistry reduces hazardous waste by 66 percent.

1995 | First platesetter installed, reducing film and hazardous waste.

1997 | Alonzo becomes the first printer to be certified green in the Alameda County Green Business Program.

2002 | Platemaking goes 100-percent digital.

2006 | Low VOC inks and coatings are introduced on sheetfed and web presses.

2007 | Alonzo reduces its basis weight house recycled sheet from 80-lb. text to 70-lb. text to give customers a highly recycled sheet at a competitive price. Adding Kodak Thermal Direct non-process plates and a Kodak Magnus 800 Quantum platesetter eliminates chemistry and hazardous waste in prepress and saves an estimated 311,916 gallons of water.

2008 | Removing the top 1.5 inches of HP5000 ink cartridges enables containers to be recycled rather than disposed of as hazardous waste. Solvent recovery system and alternative cleaners result in 30 percent less solvent used in the pressroom. An aggressive energy program has reduced natural gas use by 40 percent over the past year.

In 2007, Grays Harbor Paper named Alonzo Printing Co. (Hayward, CA) its No.1 Sustainability Partner. Alonzo also earned an Environmental Leadership Certificate from New Leaf Paper as well as FSC certification. See www.alonzoprinting.com.

Eco Tip: In 2008, Alonzo asked vendors for suggestions on how it could be a more sustainable operation. Ideas included consolidating ink purchases, paper and material redistribution, and reducing its house sheet from 19 x 25 inches to 18.5 x 23.5 inches. The new sheet contains 10 percent post-consumer fiber and will reduce paper usage and spoilage by eight percent.

SILVER A little greener in Pasadena

Paper, presses, people and the Internet have helped Castle Press advance its green goals. The printer’s year-to-date PCW content is 13 percent. Fifty-six percent of the 394,511 lbs. of paper purchased in 2008 had 10 percent or more PCW content.

Castle’s pressroom includes toner-based Kodak Nexpress and Digimaster presses as well as a recently installed 40-inch 5-color press that supports faster makereadies and press speeds. Aqueous inline coating eliminates petroleum-based varnishes in favor of water-based gloss, satin and dull finishes. In 2000, Castle put soy-based inks on all three of its litho presses. In 2006, the company adopted 100-percent vegetable-based inks said to release 20 percent fewer VOCs than traditional petroleum-based products. A GFI MX6 Magnum ink mixer lets Castle mix the exact amount of ink required, reducing ink waste by 30 percent.

“Facilitating product design from day one with every potential client is the simplest way we’ve greened our products and services,” says George Kinney, Castle’s vice president of marketing. “In the estimating stage, our sales staff offers at least two cost saving alternatives for every quotation. Sometimes this includes shaving off a ¼th of an inch to fit on the next smaller press sheet size, or enlarging pieces to maximize every inch of printable space, or recommending a multipurpose substrate so multiple pieces can be printed on the same form.”

Setting up Web-based ordering systems for clients saves time, effort and material. Castle currently manages 57 different websites that let customers order business cards, letterhead, envelopes, variable-data mailers and related items.

Coming soon: A solar-paneled roof is expected to reduce reliance on oil-burning electrical plants by 19 percent during peak hours.

Castle Press (Pasadena, CA) has partnered with Nationwide Paper to help businesses understand the environmental as well as economic advantages of going green. See www.castlepress.com.

BRONZE Blanket policy

Advantages for UV printing presses include one-pass productivity, fast drying times, excellent rub resistance and high gloss as well as environmental friendliness, as the 100-percent solid process essentially is VOC-free. Metropolitan Fine Printers began using these inks in 1994 and now prints all projects with energy curable inks.

In 2007, Enviro Image Solutions (EIS), a Metropolitan subsidiary, won a PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award for its UV blanket refurbishment program. Users reportedly can extend the lifespan of UV printing blankets by as much as 400 percent while potentially reducing annual blanket replacement costs by 70 percent.

Once a printer determines that a blanket is no longer usable, it is sent to EIS, where it is treated with various proprietary processes that restore it to full quality. The blanket is then returned to the printer and re-installed on the press. Provided the blanket’s top layer is uncut, it can be treated and returned to its original condition, regardless of manufacturer. The process not only extends the blanket’s usability, but can save printers as much as 50 percent of their annual blanket costs.

“We have printed award-winning projects in 10-micron Kodak Staccato or 700-line screen using these refurbished blankets,” says Penny Kallas, marketing director. Last year, Metropolitan saved more than $175,000 in blanket costs and rejuvenated 1,750 blankets. Since using the EIS process, the company has saved 4,000 blankets overall. Blankets that can’t be refurbished are recycled for use in aluminum bar, rubber and fabric materials or other processes.

In 2004, Metropolitan implemented an environmental rag program. A textile manufacturer packages recovered cotton t-shirt material as cleaning rags. All rags used for wash up are processed through a rotary kiln and, as part of an alternate fuel program, are used to manufacture cement.

George Kallas founded Metropolitan Fine Printers (Vancouver, BC, Canada) in 1977. In 2007, 45 percent of its stock was FSC certified. See www.metprinters.com.

100 employees or MORE

Most Environmentally Conscious Printer

GOLD Bring on the VOC-eating bacteria

Serigraph (West Bend, WI) uses screen, offset and digital printing technology to produce everything from the graphics on a car’s instrument panel to POP signage. The company’s formal environmental policy describes its approach as “pollution prevention instead of detection.”

Serigraph was a pioneer in the use of VOC-free UV inks for offset printing on plastic substrates, and, in 1997, installed a biofiltration system to control VOCs from its screen printing operations. This system uses bacteria that “eat” VOCs at 85 to 95 percent efficiency. Since 2000, the biofiltration has prevented more than 165 tons of VOCs from being discharged into the air.

Serigraph has reduced VOC emissions by reducing conventional ink usage by 57 percent and boosting VOC-free UV ink usage by 104 percent. In June 2008, an engineering team from Japan benchmarked against Serigraph to better understand this technology. A corporate-wide program yielded 1.4 million lbs. of recycled plastic in both 2006 and 2007. Almost 70 tons of scrap metal was recycled, too.

The printer is contributing to bioresearch efforts at the University of Wisconsin’s engineering centers at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. Ongoing studies involve using sustainable resources such as corn and soy to create plastic-like products. Serigraph reviews the data semiannually to determine if the products are feasible for its manufacturing process.

Serigraph has a 100-acre main campus, of which 75 are kept natural. In 1997, Serigraph re-landscaped one of its sites to restore a natural prairie. See www.serigraph.com.

SILVER Promoting low-impact manufacturing

With seven facilities in five states, EarthColor has developed a disciplined green strategy. The company uses Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) (www.globalreporting.org) sustainability reporting framework to achieve what director of sustainability David Podmayersky calls “a triple-bottom-line approach.” “It gives us the structure, standards and methodology to monitor our financial, environmental sustainability and social responsibility performance,” he explains. The company also partners with Compliance Management International (www.complianceplace.com) to ensure all of its plants are meeting environmental, health and safety requirements.

The company tracks and controls energy consumption, decatherms of natural gas, carbon footprint, water consumption, tonnage of paper used vs. waste produced, sustainable forested paper usage, use of low VOCs and petroleum in inks and coatings, percentage of aluminum plates recycled, release of VOCs and other greenhouse gas, solid waste production, disposal and recycling, wood pallet recycling, and compliance to EPA and state regulations.

“It’s a science,” says Podmayersky. “The level that we’re taking it to is reengineering the process to create low-impact printing.”

EarthColor is FSC certified and an EPA Green Power Partner—100 percent of the operating energy for all of its facilities comes from renewable sources, such as wind, hydro and biomass. Bio-oxidation is employed to consume airborne pollutants.

Earthcolor (Parsippany, NJ) buys 25,002,000 kilowatt-hours (kWH) of renewable energy annually from wind farms across the nation. See www.earthcolor.com.

BRONZE A progressive approach

Green is far from a fad for The John Roberts Co., which established an environmental policy in the late 1980s. “The ownership has always been very progressive,” explains Connie O’Keefe, environmental manager. “Formalizing what we were doing was a logical step.” In 1993, the company implemented an Environmental Management System.

Early efforts to voluntarily seek environmental auditing, corrective action and public disclosure led to a partnership between the Printing Industry of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and eventually became the model for Minnesota’s Green Star Program. The John Roberts Co. was one of the first to have achieved Minnesota Green Star status, in 1997, and has renewed this status regularly.

The company was the first printer in Minnesota to achieve triple (FSC, SFI and PEFC) certifications. The John Roberts Co. uses Windsource Renewable Energy. Ten percent of its electric power is wind generated and is purchased on the local electric grid.

Additional highlights include:

Ink cartridge systems installed throughout the sheetfed pressroom.

A closed-loop solvent recovery and cleaning system that automatically removes contaminants from used press solvents and separates the pure water from the recovered solvent.

A regenerative thermal oxidizer on its web press, which converts VOCs to carbon dioxide and water vapor, recycling released energy to reduce operating costs. The heat recovered efficiency is a minimum of 95 percent, and the VOC destruction efficiency is a minimum of 99 percent.

The John Roberts Co. (Minneapolis) is an EPA Green Power Partner, Clean Air Minnesota participant and Minnesota Waste Wise member. See www.johnroberts.com.

25 Employees or less

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

GOLD An uncompromising commitment

Inkworks was formed in 1974 as a worker managed union print shop with the mission of providing affordable printing to further social justice efforts. “We have always seen environmental issues as connected to, and inseparable from, larger issues of equity,” says Bernard Marszalek, sales manager. “Sustainable practices are not a marketing tool or a fad for us, but how we have always functioned.”

Equipment highlights at the 20-employee shop include a chemical-free, thermal platesetter, two Heidelberg presses (a 2-color Speedmaster 74 perfector and a single-color SORM) and a KPG DirectPress 5034 DI press. A recent addition, a Konica Minolta Bizhub pro 6500, is used for some short-run color jobs.

Inkworks has used soy-based inks from Western Printing Ink for many years as well as vegetable-oil based waterless inks from Toyo for the KPG-DI press. The company recently began using VOC-free Toyo HyPlus 100 ink on its conventional presses.

Inkworks installed the DI press in 2004. “We chose the press not only for its quality, but because it fit into our environmentally conscious philosophy,” says Marszalek. Direct imaging eliminates film and chemistry while waterless technology and automatic inking profiles result in significant paper savings, “We worked with Presstek to adapt this press to recycled papers, sending them samples of sheets to test and analyze,” says Marszalek. “We now successfully print exclusively on recycled papers, both coated and uncoated, on our DI.”

An uncompromising commitment to sustainable printing and best practices has attracted many environmental organizations. “We count among our customers small, under-funded community groups as well as large non-profits like the Sierra Club, ACLU, Forest Ethics and Global Exchange,” says Marzalek.

Inkworks Press (Berkeley, CA) also won an Environmental Excellence Certificate of Merit in the 25 Employees or Less category. Nearly half of Inkworks’ employees bike to work. See www.inkworks.com.

26 TO 99 EMPLOYEES

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

GOLD Because it matters

Cary Printing has two intriguing tag lines: “The Nation’s Premier Green Printer” and “Because it matters.” “It matters to us because we care,” says Tim Bannister, president. “We care about the earth that we live on, the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

The 60-employee company has been serious about sustainability for more than three decades. It is triple certified (PEFC, FSC and SFI) and proudly notes it was the first U.S. printer to earn the PEFC designation.

All jobs are quoted green unless the paper choice is unavailable as certified or a customer requests a “non-green” print. Every green job is “eco audited” to demonstrate the estimated environmental impact. The audit calculates the number of full grown trees saved, the amount of landfill waste eliminated, net greenhouse emissions and number of BTUs of energy saved. One client, Burt’s Bees, featured the eco audit on the inside cover of its 2008 product catalog.

Pressroom highlights include a Kodak NexPress S3000, a 6-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 74CD and a Speedmaster 52 5-color perfector with coater. Cary Printing uses Toyo’s VOC-free HyPlus 100 ink.

Cary Printing is a member of the following groups:

North Carolina Sustainable Business Council

Co-op America’s Green Business Program (provides resources for environmentally responsible businesses)

NC Green Power (a source for renewable energy).

Cary Printing (Morrisville, NC) uses a Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle to pick up and drop off proofs as well as for some local deliveries. See www.caryprinting.com.

100 employees or MORE

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

GOLD TIE Setting a positive example

It took a lot of effort to prepare Sandy Alexander’s Environmental Excellence Award entry, but Howie Swerdloff enjoyed the challenge. “It was a beneficial exercise that forced us to step back and take stock of what we’ve accomplished so far and where we need to focus our energy,” says Swerdloff, senior vice president, human resources/communications.

The company’s environmental efforts began formally in 2002 with ISO 14001 registration and the subsequent environmental management system that targets waste reduction and pollution prevention. In 2005, Sandy Alexander obtained FSC chain-of-custody certification. In 2006, Sandy Alexander reportedly became the first printer in the United States to purchase 100-percent wind-generated electricity to power its manufacturing and office operations. During the same year, the printer joined EPA’s Climate Leaders Program and has announced an 11-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 levels (tied to sales volume) by the year 2012. All of its sheetfed and heat-set inks rely on vegetable-oil content, reducing VOC emissions. With UV-curable ink, VOC generation is virtually non-existent.

Last year, Sandy Alexander published its first ever Environmental Responsibility Report. According to the company’s Green By Design brochure, the idea is to measure, document and report its progress: “We believe in communicating as transparently as possible, not only what we are doing well, but also those areas we need to improve.”

Each year, as required by ISO 14001 standards, Sandy Alexander (Clifton, NJ) establishes corporate objectives in energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, recycling and overall reduction of waste and materials directed to landfills, and communications and training. See www.sandyinc.com.

100 employees or MORE

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

GOLD TIE Encouraging customer collaboration

EarthColor wants to lead the industry in developing and maintaining green standards that protect the earth’s natural resources. The printer documents and monitors its environmental footprint via a matrix of data tracking carbon production and energy usage along with airborne emissions, solid waste production and recycled product usage.

Advising customers on being greener is part its comprehensive environmental approach. “We’ve worked very closely with our clients to educate them on how to produce green printed communications that have a positive environmental impact and strong socially responsibility message,” says David Podmayersky, sustainability director.

The printer takes every opportunity to educate clients, suppliers and the community at large about the value of sustainable business practices. “We employ a program called DEPCOR, putting structure to integrating sustainable design, engineering, procurement, consumption and recycling,” says Podmayersky.

EarthColor is one of only three printers to partner with Ceres, an invitation-only network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

EarthColor (Parsippany, NJ) also won an Environmental Excellence Silver Award. See www.earthcolor.com.

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

More than Minnesota nice

Wally Bell, Lou Opperman and Tom Jungels founded Metro Printing in 1971. In 2000, the Jungels family sold the company to Wallace Computer Services, which merged with Moore Business Forms three years later. In 2004, Metro became part of the RR Donnelley family of companies when that company acquired Moore Wallace.

RR Donnelley’s Metro Plant is an ISO- and FSI-certified, full-service commercial printer specializing in brochures, signage, point-of-purchase displays, pocket folders, direct mail, catalog and communication pieces. Kodak’s InSite Prepress Portal system helps Metro streamline job submission while facilitating job status tracking, online collaboration and remote proofing or approval. On the sheetfed side, Metro is an all-Heidelberg shop with two half- and two-full sized presses. The 40-inch presses support faster makereadies and paper savings via CPtronics-computerized control center monitoring and CPC-remote control for ink consistency and register. Docutechs are used for short-run monochrome work.

“We use only water-based aqueous coating with no VOCs. Our facility continues to focus on waste stream management and has reduced hazardous waste by moving to Prisco’s Autowash, a non-hazardous press wash.” says Pamela Rowson, sales and communications specialist. “We always offer customers the option of using post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based inks.”

Metro’s facility is classified as a “very small quantity generator” of hazardous waste. As an RR Donnelley facility, the plant is held to strict air compliance management based on corporate requirements.

RR Donnelley’s Metro Plant (Eden Prairie, MN) recently hosted a seminar for employees featuring 494 Commuter Services. Employees who commute via the I-494 highway learned about busing, car pooling, biking and other options. See www.metroprinting.com.

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY PRODUCED PRODUCT

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

There’s no place like Dome

Dome Printing traces its roots to 1914 when Byron Dome started offering engraving services to local printers. In 1969, Ray and Arlene Poole purchased the company and transitioned it to offset printing. Dome has been a family-run company ever since, with brothers Tim, Andy and Bob now at the helm.

Digital press capabilities include an HP Indigo 5500 and Kodak Digimaster EX110. About 65 percent of the printer’s work is done on an M-110 half heatset web with inline finishing or a six-unit, six-color, 16-page M-130 heatset press. Both are equipped with QTI closed-loop color control for reduced ink consumption and paper waste. Dome exceeds Sacramento Air Quality Board requirements to eliminate 95 percent of VOCs from web presses. Noting that the California has the strictest VOC regulations in the country, Dome reports it generated only 45 percent of state allowable VOC emissions for 1997.

Two Speedmaster XL 105 presses from Heidelberg save paper, time and energy. With makeready speeds of 15,000 sph and running speeds of 18,000 sph, Dome has reduced makeready time and waste by 50 percent.

Automatic roller and blanket wash systems cut solvent clean-up solutions on press by 80 percent, drastically reducing VOCs. Cartridge-based ink dispensers virtually eliminate ink waste. A Technotrans beta.f filtration system enables press water to be changed once a year rather than weekly.

Dome also boasts a fully digital prepress department, with Kodak’s workflow, platesetter and proofers. Virtual proofing reduces paper consumption while providing customers with a fast and convenient way to check their jobs.

After earning FSC certification in 2007, Dome celebrated by distributing 500 Japanese maple trees at a printer buyers’ event in San Francisco. About 15 percent of the stock it purchases is FSC certified.

A shredding/baling system provides labor savings and production efficiencies. The company typically recycles more than 200 tons of paper per month.

See www.domeprinting.com.