The largest commercial printing press in the history of Imperial Valley was recently installed by Imperial Printers in El Centro, according to the company.
The press, a two-color Heidelberg SORMZ 20x29, will more than quadruple the company's printing ability.
Headquartered in El Centro with branch offices in Brawley and Holtville, Imperial Printers is one of the oldest ongoing businesses in the Valley. Last year it celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Company president Norm Self said, "The Valley is growing and so is Imperial Printers. This acquisition will enhance our ability to serve our customers with speed and high-quality printed products for which we are known."
"The larger press size also required us to buy other key equipment in larger sizes," Self said. "We went from a 13-inch to 18-inch imagesetter, from a 26-inch to a 42-inch platemaker and plans are to acquire a 30-inch folder, up from our old 22-incher. The total investment in new equipment is about $150,000," he said.