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Quad/Graphics will double in size

November 12, 1997

Quad/Graphics will double in size

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Quad/Graphics plant here will double in size, production capacity and employment once a $100 million expansion program is completed over the coming year, a corporate official said Tuesday.

Quad/Graphics now employs approximately 250 people, corporate spokeswoman Claire Ho said Tuesday. When the building expansion and equipment installation are completed by the end of 1999, employment is expected to exceed 600, officials said.

The printing company announced Tuesday that it has ordered three web offset printers from Heidelberg Web Press of Dover, N.H., at a cost of $29 million. The company also is buying five saddle stitching machines from Heidelberg Finishing Systems, Ho said.

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Additionally, the company is adding 60,000 square feet of storage space to the 480,000-square-foot building at the Cumbo Yards Industrial Park on W.Va. 9 west of Martinsburg. That expansion is scheduled for completion in February, Ho said.

She said site work will begin soon on a much larger addition to the plant. Ho said the two-level, 315,300-square-foot addition is for production and office space and will be completed in the summer of 1998.

Once the additions are completed, the plant will exceed 850,000 square feet, about the size of 13 football fields, according to a company news release.

Prior to opening in June, Quad/Graphics had announced the purchase of two additional gravure presses worth $17 million each. The $64 million plant began operations with two of the Italian-made Cerutti presses.

The two new gravure presses will be up and running in April, according to Ho.

The Pewaukee, Wis., print company operates 16 printing and production-related plants in the United States and has plants in South America. Quad/Graphics moved to West Virginia to be closer to major eastern markets for its catalogs, magazines and newspaper inserts, company officials said when the plant opened.

"We are pleased to find a high demand for our services in West Virginia ... necessitating the doubling of our gravure capacity and the addition of web offset printing capabilities," president and founder Harry V. Quadracci said in the company press release.

Ho said the web offset printers "do the same type of work as the gravure presses, it just depends which is more efficient for the job."

The stitching line machines are used for binding catalogs and magazines and can handle up to 20,000 an hour, the release said.

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