Superior Printing Ink Co., Inc. cut the ribbon Jan. 6 on its automated varnish manufacturing plant, a 12,000 square foot addition to the company’s 35,000 square foot, ISO 9001:2000-registered central manufacturing facility (CMF) in Hamden, Connecticut. A $4 million investment made to ensure future growth, the fully operational plant greatly increases the level of automation in the company’s manufacture of lithographic printing ink.
Jeffrey I. Simons, chairman, CEO and president, said, “The automated varnish plant opens the way to further growth through a variety of new efficiencies. The company will save significantly on the costs of freight, drums and labor, while reducing waste released to the environment. Automated weighing and transfer, bulk storage and the ability to produce larger batches will allow us to reduce costs, increase consistency batch to batch and improve the quality of our ink. In addition, the plant will triple our varnish manufacturing capacity, allowing us to support increased sales not only of ink but of varnish that we sell directly to printers.”
“The efficiencies provided by our new varnish plant will benefit both our customers and the environment,” said Harvey R. Brice, managing director. “The plant puts us on a higher plateau in the industry and provides the independence and flexibility we need to become more competitive.”