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A.B. Dick to move press manufacturing to Rochester

Dec 18, 2001 12:00 AM

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A.B. Dick Co. (Niles, IL) will relocate its press manufacturing operation to Rochester, NY, in early 2002. The Rochester facility currently manufactures A.B. Dick’s DPM digital CTP line, which has reportedly experienced strong sales growth in the past two years.

The move, part of a three-year strategy to sustain A.B. Dick as a leading supplier to the small commercial and in-plant printer market, is being made to consolidate facilities and resources. The company will also begin applying its digital engineering and manufacturing capabilities to future press development.

"As printing moves toward digital solutions, A.B. Dick intends to provide affordable and timely transition products for our customers," says Kenneth Newton, senior vice president COO - equipment. "Manufacturing efficiencies, combined with common understanding of analog and digital technologies, enhance our ability to meet our customers’ printing needs."

The move is expected to be completed by the end of March, and will result in a reduction of up to 175 employees worldwide. The current Niles facility will be closed after the relocation, but company headquarters will remain in Niles.