About the Top 25
1. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company is the leading North American book printer. The company's book operations provide a full range of integrated service solutions to help book publishers deliver communications to their customers. With seven book operations across the nation, R.R. Donnelley provides services such as
* hardcover and softcover book manufacturing using web-offset, sheetfed-offset and digital printing
* conventional and digital prepress operations, including composition and page makeup;
* custom publishing and print on demand;
* packaging design and assembly; and
* online services, in which customers' digital information is converted into Web-ready formats.
2. Quebecor World is the largest commercial printer in the world. It serves, among other customers, book publishers of educational, consumer, reference, religious and speciality titles. The company offers a large and diverse manufacturing base, global procurement, economies of scale and new media technologies.
3. Von Hoffman Graphics is an ISO 9002-certified, full-service book printer with eight manufacturing locations for one- to four-color web printing with multi-color covers. VHG offers: small-, medium- and long-run book production; perfect and case binding; saddle stitching; and book production with bound-in CD-ROMs. Other services include CTP, FTP and WAM!NET, along with warehousing, kitting, and distribution for single-source needs.
4. Banta Corp. offers a wide range of softcover book products, catalogs, and value-added packaging and fulfillment services for the educational, religious, professional, telecommunications, healthcare, financial and trade markets. In addition, the company prints technical documentation manuals at its three ISO-9002-certified plants. It offers electronic design and composition, page layout, proofing and imaging services, and alternative media, such as CD-ROMs, diskettes, cassette tapes and more.
5. Bertelsmann Arvato, an international, media-service provider network owned by Bertelsmann AG, Germany, offers worldwide customers myriad printing services including digital prepress, print on demand and CTP.
6. Founded in 1824, Courier is the largest book manufacturer in the northeastern United States. A recognized technology leader, Courier focuses on large and small publishers in the education, religious, specialty trade, medical and reference markets. Its five manufacturing plants produce one-, two- and four-color paperback and casebound books in run lengths from one to 100,000-plus. The company also offers worldwide distribution services. Courier recently bought for $39 million Dover Publications, a New York-based publisher of special-interest books.
7. G.T.C. Transcontinental Group, a Canadian commercial printer, offers design, prepress, printing, finishing and shipping services. With 37 plants and numerous sales offices throughout North America, and more than 6,000 employees, Transcontinental is one of the largest printers around. Its four operating sectors include printing, publishing, distribution and technology.
8. Phoenix Color offers one- and two-color, soft and hardcover book manufacturing, and print on-demand, which includes roll-fed devices and digital webs. The Book Component division features more than 30 presses. Finishing, die-making, foil stamping and embossing are done in-house. The Thin Book division produces multicolor flatback, soft and hardcover books on two, 10-color units with roll stand sheeters. It also offers digital prepress capabilities that include remote transmission of proofs and CTP.
9. D.B. Hess is a leading web printer of 8 1/2-by-11-inch softcover publications including educational books, ancillary materials and commercial catalogs. It offers a broad range of integrated services including enhanced digital prepress operations; one- to five-color printing; sheetfed cover printing; coating and finishing; perfect and saddle-stitch bindery services; multi-component assembly and manufacturing; streamlined distribution; mailing; and warehousing.
10. Maple-Vail is a full-service book manufacturer offering
* prepress & electronic/conventional imposition, digital scanning/proofing;
* offset presses & sheetfed and web, one- and two-color printing;
* bindery & smyth-sewn and fiberbound, casebound and papercover;
* distribution & pick and pack, automated cartoning, drop shipping;
* communications & real-time Web link to job status, internal file transfer.
11. Founded in 1868, Webcrafters (once named the Democrat Printing Co.) is a privately held printing firm that serves more than 100 publishing companies, including McGraw-Hill, Harcourt and Educational Testing Service. Employee training and retention rank high on the company's priority list; as a result, two-thirds of its 700 employees have been with Webcrafters for 10 or more years. Specialities include four-color, trade and educational books.
12. Founded in 1937, Walsworth Publishing offers complete prepress, printing and binding under one roof. In addition, it offers a Direct2Film CTP system and Komori presses for high-end print jobs. Its Web site guides users on how to create PDF files for submissions to Walsworth.
13. Four generations after its founding in 1893, Edwards Brothers is a full-service book and journal manufacturer specializing in ultra-short and medium runs of high-quality publications for book publishers, educational organizations, scholarly societies and others. It offers prepress services, binding, and a wide range of paper and cover stocks. Nearly 800 employees work in the company's three locations: Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two plants in Lillington, N.C. The Ann Arbor location features a digital manufacturing center specializing in ultra short runs of 50 to 250 copies.
14. Lehigh Press supplies book covers and jackets, ancillary materials, and specialty commercial products, as well as prepress services to the educational and consumer publishing markets. Lehigh Lithographers combines more than 75 years of sheetfed printing expertise with the latest in digital prepress and CTP technology, specializing in four- to six-color printing with decorating options such as foil stamping and embossing; myriad film laminations; spot UV embellishments; and LeHiFi®, Lehigh's high-fidelity printing process. Colortronics specializes in high-quality separations, asset management and archiving, scanning, page assembly, and quick turnaround for CTP prep and final film.
15. Worzalla Publishing, founded in 1892, is an employee-owned book manufacturing company. Capabilities include electronic prepress; large format sheetfed and web presses for medium to long runs; and complete hardcase and softcover bindery services at its centrally located, 315,000-square-foot facility.
16. Unimac Graphics, formerly MacNaughton Lithography, has four commercial printing plants.
17. Malloy Lithographing is a full-service book manufacturer offering electronic prepress (including CTP); web and sheet-fed printing; multi-color covers, dust jackets, and inserts; Precision Spot Gloss; and a wide range of binding styles, including perfect, saddle, case and lay-flat.
18. Divisions at Friesens Corp., an employee-held Canadian printing company, include books, yearbooks, wholesale, retail, learning products and fastprint. The Friesens Graphic Arts College, recently accredited by Winnipeg's Red River Community College, trains students to become highly skilled technicians and craftspeople. Taught by experienced professionals, courses are held in both the classroom and plant.
19. Hart Graphics offers numerous state-of-the-art manufacturing services including: online file transfer; digital asset management; flexible, page-based, digital workflow (using RamPage technology with FUJI Pictro digital color proofing); HP plotter imposition proofing; Sumo imagesetter (36 flats/hr.); and Javelin platesetter (16 plates/hr.).
20. Formed from the merger of Braun-Brumfield and BookCrafters, Sheridan Books produces hardcover and paperback books in various sizes and bindings in print runs of 250 to 100,000. A division of The Sheridan Group, Hunt Valley, Md., Sheridan Books specializes in black and white printing of text, photos and illustrations. Cover presses can print full-color dust jackets and paperback covers. Their distribution facility is in Chelsea, Mich.
21. Established in 1970, Toppan Printing Co. of America offers prepress, printing, binding, fulfillment, warehousing and distribution services. Part of the Japanese firm Toppan Printing Co., the American division began as a color separator and film service bureau, and has since evolved into one of the New York metro area's largest full-service printers, producing not only books, but also catalogs, annual reports, corporate and sales printed materials, and more.
22. Founded in 1975, McNaughton & Gunn specializes in short to medium print runs in standard trim sizes in both sheetfed and heatset web printing. It offers various binding styles, as well.
23. Thomson-Shore specializes in short to medium runs of 200 to 10,000 copies. About a third of its customer base is comprised of university presses.
24. Versa Press is a third-generation, family-owned and managed, book manufacturer that's been producing soft- and hardcover books for 63 years. Ideally suited for short and medium runs, Versa Press offers comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, beginning with its own patented prepress system and continuing through to binding.
25. The C.J. Krehbiel Co., founded in 1872, delivers printed products completely manufactured in-house -- from prepress to printing to bindery. The company was recently certified ISO 9002, an internationally recognized set of standards that provide strict guidelines to managing a quality system.