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Polishing up the printing press: Jonesboro plant in the midst of $60 million expansion, renovation.

New York is the publishing capital of the world.

But a lot of the magazines and catalogs that originate in the Big Apple are printed in Jonesboro at the Ringier America Inc. plant.

The Jonesboro plant is the largest of Ringier America's offset plants in the United States.

With Elle, Newsweek, American Way and the J.C. Penney Co. as customers, the company soon will expand its Jonesboro operation as part of an investment program designed to double the capacity of the plant.

The multiphase investment program, announced earlier this month at Ringier America's corporate headquarters in Itasca, Ill., will cost more than $60 million.

The project, scheduled for completion in 1995, will include expansion of the facility by almost 175,000 SF, essentially doubling the size of the Jonesboro plant.

The addition of 48-page offset printing technology, along with the addition and enhancement of binding equipment, will allow the plant to print its products more efficiently.

The first phase of the expansion and renovation should be completed by late 1993, according to Ringier America's president and chief executive officer, Ed Nytko.

"The investments in Jonesboro are part of our corporate strategy to provide a manufacturing and distribution capability that can meet and exceed the highest expectations of the world's foremost global communications companies," Nytko says. "We've long been recognized as one of the nation's leading forces in rotogravure printing. While we remain committed to this market, we believe it is critical to establish this same reputation in offset."

Millions Of Magazines

Ringier America's Jonesboro plant prints products for 150 customers, 45 percent of them magazines. Most of the rest are catalog companies.

The plant has been in operation since 1972 and underwent expansions in 1977, 1985 and 1989. It produces about 32 billion pages per year and 1 million publications per day.

Ringier America has 10 facilities across the country, including the headquarters in Illinois.

The renovation of the Jonesboro plant is expected to produce 150 jobs during the next five years, according to a Ringier America spokesman.

"The plant addition, combined with the tremendous efficiency levels of the 48-page press, will provide Ringier with unsurpassed capabilities in meeting the critical timing, quality and distribution requirements of today's publishers and catalogers," says Dieter Urbanski, a Ringier America senior vice president.
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Title Annotation:Across Arkansas; Ringier America Inc.'s facilities in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Author:Taylor, Tim
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jul 27, 1992
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