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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
Plants & Processes uct, with much fewer manufacturing defects and dimensional issues, resulting in less down time and favorable cost metrics. Facilities U.S. Graphics is headquartered in Turlock, CA. The plant has two liquid photopolymer units: 52in. by 80in.; 30in. by 48in.; plus one 42in. by 60in. sheet system, which is waiting to be replaced by a 52in. by 80in. unit in December. For now, there is still considerable demand for sheet polymer in the corrugated box manufacturing industry. In an ongoing effort and mission to be the “one-stop shop” for box manufacturers, U.S . Graphics will continue to offer strong value in the sheet market as well. Moving Forward U.S. Graphics is growing at a very rapid pace. The com- pany puts the customer first. Its personnel are some of the best-qualified people in the industry, many with extensive business background in addition to technical acumen. Two of its general managers spent more than 20 years working for corrugated box plants. Similarly, five die plant managers had been building cutting dies for more than 20 years each before joining the company. U.S . Graphics is committed to employing the best, brightest and most experienced team it can find. The approach has enabled U.S . Graphics to grow to over $3.5M in sales in less than three years. Plans are now being formulated to open another plate facility in the Cerritos location by the end of 2011; Sales forecasts point to annual revenues of $5 million as both plants come online. At U.S . Cutting Dies & Graphics, creative and innovative thoughts and actions have served the team well and can be measured by continued growth in some of the hardest times the corrugated industry has ever seen. Management main- tains that the firm will continue to grow because it invests in the future at every level, starting with the best personnel/team, innovative business approach, technology and equipment; then coupling that with a desire to succeed that will be, and has proven, very difficult to compete with. n an imposition plate (bottom) next to a traditional plate. www.flexography.org november 2010 FLEXO 75 gear up for forum 2011 Plan now to attend the flexo industry’s premier, pacesetting event. On the agenda: Seven turbo-charged technical sessions designed to deliver the technologies, innovations and experiences that will have you operating at peak performance in record time. accelerate your business. ramp up your relationships. boost your profits. www.flexography.org may 1–4 indianapolis, in Forum2011_ad_Nov_mech.indd 1 10/29/10 2:22 PM FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 75 11/1/10 2:26 PM
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