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25 Companies To Watch
Take a look at the companies turning heads and making headlines.

Graphic Innovators
President: Scott Kiley
Elk Grove Village, IL
Old web presses never die—they get reconditioned and sold by Graphic Innovators. The company offers reconditioned web presses at a fraction of the cost of new presses while its own in-house Electrical Service Company allows it to provide New PLC Press Drives and “turnkey” press installations. In addition to reconditioned web presses, Graphic Innovators offers quality auxiliary equipment such as dryers, folders, chill-stands, sheeters, and in-line finishing systems.

A.B. Dick Company
CEO: Brian J. Longe
Niles, IL
With nearly 120 years under its belt in the graphic-arts and printing industry, A.B. Dick has time on its side. The company, which operates in over 80 countries worldwide, manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of equipment and supplies for all stages of document creation—prepress, press and postpress. Along with its products, A.B. Dick includes service (including third-party service) and technical support.
Advance Graphics Equipment of York, Inc.
Advance Graphics Equipment of York, Inc.
President: Dennis Snyder
Dover, PA
Advance Graphics Equipment of York is concentrating on what it knows best, its products. Originally operating as a machine shop servicing the printing industry, the company narrowed its focus to concentrate on its own products in 1990. The company’s diverse offerings include such items as press inline systems, signature feeders/folders, offline packaging systems, and specialty products, among others. With a continued focus on quality products and services, Advance Graphics Equipment is centered on keeping its customers satisfied.
Bowe Bell & Howell Company
President, Document Processing Solutions: John Lombard
Durham, NC (
Formed in 2003 by the merger of Bowe Systec, Inc. and Bell & Howell Company, Bowe Bell & Howell is the world’s No. 1 document-processing company, holding 48 percent of worldwide market share. The company’s product and service offerings include an inserting line, mail-delivery solutions, precision cutting systems, plastic card systems, and a host of electronic messaging, integrity, production-management, and job-tracking hardware and software. The company also touts an extensive service force of more than 1300 engineers and technicians.
Busch, Inc.
President: William W. McGaw
Virginia Beach, VA
Busch is growing into its position as a leader in vacuum technology. Since Dr. Karl Busch designed the first Busch vacuum pump in 1963 for the meat-packaging industry, Busch has expanded to include four manufacturing plants, 30 companies worldwide, and annual sales of more than $300 million. Busch provides the printing industry with Merlin combination pressure and vacuum pumps (new and replacement), which find favor with printers due to their low cost and extreme tolerance of paper dust.
Adobe Systems
CEO: Bruce R. Chizen
San Jose, CA (
Adobe is committed to communication. As one of the world’s largest software companies, with revenue above $1 billion and 3500 employees worldwide, Adobe’s digital imaging, design, and document technologies help consumers, creative professionals, and enterprises communicate images, information, and ideas. The company’s offerings include Photoshop, Illustrator, and the Creative Suite for design and publishing, not to mention Acrobat Reader and PDF (portable document format) technology. In 2003, Adobe restructured to focus on its core market, creating “Creative Professional” and “Digital Imaging and Video” units.
Eizo Nanao Technologies
CEO: Thomas Waletzki
Cypress, CA (
For Eizo Nanao Technologies, quality is No. 1. The company, established in 1985, is the North American subsidiary of Japan-based Eizo Nanao Corp, a high-end manufacturer of visual-display products including LCD, CRT, and PDP monitors, as well as Windows-based terminals. Via its headquarters and a service center in Totowa, NJ, Eizo Nanao Technologies provides a full support system for its North American customers. Professionals such as graphic designers who demand the highest available image quality choose the company’s high-end systems.
Exstream Software
CEO: Davis Marksbury
Lexington, KY
Exstream is expanding. Founded in 1998, the company is best known for its Dialogue software, a modular suite that combines integrated document creation, CRM, and multichannel presentment technology that allows companies to create personalized communication and deliver it via print, electronic, and interactive channels. The past year has brought expansion on several fronts, including four international offices and the introduction of Dialogue WebVerse, a Web environment for rapidly building and deploying online applications.
FineLine Barcode Technologies
President: Richard Stamper
Atlanta, GA
FineLine Barcode Technologies develops solutions to meet the needs of retailers, product manufacturers, graphic designers, publishers, and packagers alike. With more than 15 years of experience, the company is a leader in barcode software and printing technologies used across a variety of industries. In 2003, FineLine introduced a prepress barcode-generation software package, SymArt 6, which interacts with Adobe’s Illustrator and Acrobat products to streamline printing and proofing workflow and improve quality control.
FP Mailing Solutions
CEO: Larry Turner
Addison, IL
Work better, faster, and more cost-effectively. That’s the goal that FP Mailing Solutions has for mail centers. FP offers a full range of mail-center products aimed at creating seamless mailing systems. The company encompasses every aspect of an efficient mailroom, from mailing systems to software to strategic consulting to office furniture. The company sets itself apart with technologically advanced equipment, customer service, competitive pricing, and partnerships with a national network of independent dealers.
Group Logic
President: T. Reid Lewis
Arlington, VA
Group Logic wants to help your group be more productive. The company, which boasts approximately 40,000 users in more than 1000 organizations worldwide, is a leading provider of network workflow software. Group Logic’s MassTransit Enterprise software is a leading choice for advanced business-to-business transfer of digital files across high-speed, wide-area networks and is currently used by 11 of the top 15 printers in North America. In 2003, the company announced an upgrade of the software (version 4.2 for Mac OS X).
Inc.Jet Inc.
President: Per Hellsund
Norwich, CT
Inc.Jet Inc. is revving its engines and preparing to soar in the print industry. The company manufactures inkjet print engines using licensed Hewlett-Packard technology. Inc.Jet supplies print engines and supplies to OEMs and systems integrators in the printing, packaging, and mail industries. The company’s new jet.engine print engine, fueled by Hewlett-Packard inks, can be integrated into virtually any variable data printing application, including forms, tickets, tags, labels, and conventional address and package printing.
Inca Digital Printers
President: Bill Baxter
Cambridge, UK
Inca Digital Printers is capitalizing on a good idea. Spurred by customer requests to print packaging at the end of production lines, the company made a sample printer in 1998. The rest is history: Specifications were drawn, a business plan developed, funding secured, and the company launched in May 2000. Today, the company’s Eagle printers are leaders in the wide-format, flatbed digital-printing field and are distributed worldwide by Sericol Imaging.
MegTec Systems
President: Mohit Uberoi
De Pere, WI
MegTec Systems designs and manufactures match and zero-speed splicers, air flotation drying systems, VOC oxidation equipment, and other products for commercial and newspaper printing, web coating, flexible packaging, paper and tissue, industrial finishing, and other applications. The company also provides a range of engineering and services to customers, including after-sale service, pilot coating capabilities, rebuild assessments, catalyst testing services, and preventive-maintenance programs.
Pamarco Global Graphics
President: Terry Ford
Roselle, NJ
If you’re looking for a wide array of quality products and solutions, Pamarco Global Graphics is your company. Pamarco’s products include anilox and embossing products, flexographic printing plates and print rolls, flexo consumables for platemaking, specialty overprint offset presses, and supplies. By supplying the flexo, gravure, offset, and embossing markets with more than 2000 products in more than 60 countries worldwide, Pamarco really delivers global solutions to the print and packaging industry.
CEO: Ian Johnson
San Francisco, CA
Paperloop’s mission is to provide the most valued information for and about the paper, pulp, forest, converting, and allied industries through the best channels for information exchange. The company achieves this through leading industry publications such as the Pulp & Paper and PPI family of magazines and newsletters, RISI, experts in paper/forest products analysis and forecasts, Paperloop’s cost benchmarking team, and its Web site.
PRIMAC Systems
Vice President and General Manager: Michael Cooke
Dallas, TX
PRIMAC is here to stay. For more than 20 years, graphic-arts firms in several niche markets have used PRIMAC’s fully integrated and comprehensive business management system to run their operations more smoothly. Today, PRIMAC is an active partner in the Networked Graphic Production (NGP) organization, which is committed to delivering certified interfaces to production equipment using the CIP4 (Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress) standards.
Printing Research, Inc.
CEO: Howard DeMoore
Dallas, TX
If you’re looking for accessories, Printing Research, Inc. (PRI) is the place to go. PRI creates press accessories that increase printing quality, productivity, and profit. The company’s offerings include Air Blanket and Quik Dry infrared drying systems, Zone and Cold ultraviolet curing systems, AIRS automated impurity removal systems, BacVac transfer and delivery Systems, WipeMates graphic-arts cleaning supplies, and the award-winning Super Blue 2 anti-marking, anti-static systems.
Roland DGA Corp
CEO: Bob Curtis
Irvine, CA
Roland DGA is the North and South American marketing, sales, and service arm of Roland DG Corp—a worldwide leader in the fine-art, photography, sign-making, graphic-arts, engraving, and 3D-modeling industries. Roland DGA links the manufacturing of dynamic technologies with the creative professionals who put these products into action. Major products include VersaCAMM and Pro II EX Series inkjet printers and printer/cutters, ColorCAMM thermal transfer printer/cutters, CX series vinyl cutters, EGX series engravers, and 3D scanning and milling machines.
Scheffer Web Finishing
President: Bruce Scheffer
Merrillville, IN
When it comes to finishing the job, Scheffer gets the job done. The company currently offers the industry’s most comprehensive and technologically advanced line of inline and offline finishing equipment and continues to set new standards in terms of speed, efficiency, and ease of operation. Scheffer’s products include inline coating, cutting, and diecutting machinery; folders; gluing equipment; inline finishing equipment; pasters and gluers; perfing equipment; and stackers, plow folders, ribbon decks, and angle bars.
Screen (USA)
President: A.J. Kakiuchi
Rolling Meadows, IL
Screen (USA) is one of the largest suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment to the graphic-arts industry. The company’s goal is to streamline digital communications by fusing digital imaging, telecommunications, networking, and application technologies to create an infrastructure that supports new e-businesses. The company provides the digital hardware and software essential for integrating the systems, infrastructure, and networks required to build databases that are seamless to use.
CEO: Craig Hane
Bloomington, IN
StaffingTools makes the grade as the leading provider of affordable online training. StaffingTools’ solutions combine custom development, a library of interactive tests and training, and a hosted Learning Management System to allow any size business to track and manage employee education. And education, in turn, increases efficiency, productivity, and profitability. The company’s extensive prepress and graphic arts library of training courses covers the world’s most popular programs, including Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Enfocus PitStop, Professional, Creo Preps, and Mac OS X.
Streamfeeder LLC
President: Mitch Speicher
Minneapolis, MN
Streamfeeder has got your address. The company is globally recognized as the innovation leader in the design and manufacture of versatile, reliable, easy-to-operate, and intelligent friction feeders. All Streamfeeder brand feeders utilize the company’s patented Differential Friction Technology to precisely separate, singulate, and deliver a wide range of materials into various production streams. Products include addressing accessories, addressing and mailing equipment, barcode verification equipment, collators, envelope machinery, and inserting equipment.
President: Richard Woodall
Roseland, NJ
Therm-O-Type is hot. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of thermography machines and business-card slitters. The company also produces a wide range of hot-foil-stamping and foil-fusing equipment. The company’s latest foil-stamping press produces over 6000 iph and features electronic paper registration and programmable foil draw. Vio, Inc.
VIO, Inc.
CEO: Richard Horwood
Roseland, NJ
Originally established to provide digital workflow services to the graphic-arts sector, Vio has deep experience in the managed distribution of media for the members of that industry, especially the publishing, printing and packaging, prepress, and advertising communities. Following its acquisition by Citizen in 2001, Vio has expanded its services to encompass the managed distribution of data for providers of professional services and corporations; the general provision of virtual community networks; and a range of operational services such as security services and ISP and Internet-management services.
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