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F.L. Chicoine Buys Goss Web

February 24, 2011

Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine, a sheetfed printer based in St. Germain-de-Grantham, Quebec, will establish a web-offset division in mid-2011 following the purchase of a 4-unit Goss Sunday 2000.

Situated mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City, F.L. Chicoine was founded in 1986 by the husband-and-wife team of François Chicoine and Line Chamberland, who began by printing stationery out of their home. Today, the company is housed in a 22,000-square-foot facility equipped with prepress and bindery services – in addition to two 40-inch Komori presses.

Chamberland and Chicoine plan to add a new building to their operation to accommodate the Goss Sunday 2000, which carries a web width of 57 inches. The 24-page-format press will be integrated with Goss’ Omnicon controls, as well as the Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer, PCF-1 combination folder and a PFF-2 former folder.

“Ultra-modern technology and personalized service is our formula for competing with the larger printers,” said François Chicoine.“By equipping the press with high-performance pinless combination and former folders, we will also be able to offer our customers a tremendous variety of product formats.”

The investment is largely spurred on by the fact that the couple’s five children are involved with the company, either as managers or shareholders. “As a family business, we specialize in giving our customers the highest quality products and lightning-quick turnaround times,” said Line Chamberland. “Expanding into web offset is the next logical step for us.

“We have a lot of experience with high-quality perfecting and we look at the Sunday 2000 press as a tool for perfecting at much faster speeds.”

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