“When we saw the Iridesse, we knew it was the perfect fit for our operation – so much so that we purchased two,” said William B. Contessa, who acquired the company in January this year, along with partners John Fitch IV, the great-great-grandson of the company’s founder, and a European investment company.
About 80% of the Fitch Group’s business is with financial firms, processing sensitive financial data to produce Securities Exchange Commission filings, prospectuses and various financial reports and documents – much of it as monochrome output. While the company also produces color books, booklets and marketing materials, the new leadership team is expanding capabilities and looking to break into new markets with high-end color printing.
“We settled on Iridesse for its image quality that rivals offset, its operational ease and the creative possibilities of its digital embellishments,” said Fitch IV. “Every job we’ve run so far has been met with unanimous approval from existing clients.”
The Iridesse Production Press is the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver, CMYK, clear or white dry ink in a single pass. In addition to providing the color image quality and embellishments the firm sought, the press’s new long-sheet capability (13” x 47”) will enable Fitch Group to produce three-panel brochures it previously turned down or farmed out. Printing at 120 ppm, the new presses boost productivity and contribute to the faster turnaround that their customers demand.
“We get a lot of calls on Sunday night for things people need on Monday morning,” Contessa said. “It’s very advantageous to be in Manhattan. There’s only a handful of us left, and that’s part of our value proposition.”