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Heidelberg to relocate U.S. web postpress manufacturing facility

Jan 30, 2002 12:00 AM


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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg, Germany) will move all operations from its Dayton, OH, site to recently expanded facilities in Durham, NH, during 2002. The Dayton plant was responsible for the manufacture of postpress products for the commercial web and newspaper market (including Pacesetter saddlestitchers, Universal Binder adhesive binders and newspaper inserters), while engineering and support functions were located in Durham and nearby Dover, NH.

The relocation will combine the development and manufacturing functions for high-volume postpress systems at a single site, reportedly allowing Heidelberg to maximize efficiency and synergy. In the middle of 2001, Heidelberg identified the finishing market as one of three areas of growth.

The Dayton plant closing will affect about 200 employees, most of whom will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the Durham site. The phased relocation will begin in April 2002 and is expected to be completed by the fall of this year. Heidelberg says delivery schedules for existing and upcoming orders will not be impacted.