Diamond Packaging Marks 100th Anniversary, Adds Speedmaster Press
KENNESAW, Ga.—Just in time for its 2011 centennial celebration, Diamond Packaging, a high-end printing and packaging company based in Rochester, N.Y., has installed its second state-of-the-art, 8-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in a special double-coating configuration with initial flexo dispersion coater, four modular deliveries, and full interdeck UV capability.
The company, which acquired its first Speedmaster XL 105 LYY-8+LYYL one year ago in a bid to attract additional package decorating business, has seen the market for complex, high-end work with inline finishing and specialty coatings take off during the past 12 months, as customers learned that Diamond had gained the capability to perform a wide range of high-gloss applications with dispersion or other coatings, in addition to metallic, pearlescent and other special effects.
“Although we had not anticipated purchasing another state-of-the art Speedmaster XL 105 12 months ago, we found we needed a second machine to keep up with customer demand, which has far exceeded our expectations,” said Diamond Packaging’s President and Co-owner Kirsten Werner, who further acknowledged Heidelberg’s help in getting the new press installed within an “unprecedented” five months of purchase. “With the new press already in full production, and customers aware of our exciting new capabilities, Diamond is well-positioned to handle an expected influx of high-volume work during our upcoming busy summer season.”
Diamond Packaging financed the new press with a combination of SBA funds approved through the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation, bank financing, and cash equity.