By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
Howard Graphic Equipment last week rolled out its final reconditioned machine, a Komori S640 printing press, to be supplied from its facilities in Mississauga, Ontario. Transported on four trucks, the Komori S640 press was en route to its new home in New York.
After nearly five decades of operating one of the world’s leading facilities for rebuilding printing and allied equipment, Howard Graphic Equipment (HGE) plans to reorient its business to concentrate solely on growing its buying and selling of equipment. Founded by Bill Howard in 1967, the company today is run by Nick and Liana Howard.
HGE explains its final Komori S640 reconditioned press represents a culmination of more than 4,500 press units that have been through its facilities over the past 48 years. This is in addition to nearly 2,500 pieces of prepress and postpress equipment, including Bobst, Polar, Muller Martini stitchers and perfect binders. HGE points to one of its special reconditioned highlights in a 45-pocket Muller Martini, which became the largest capacity perfect binding line in South America.
“Our mandate and commitment to our customers in 74 countries remains the same: We will not sell anything that we would not buy ourselves,” stated Nick Howard. “We focus on offering our customers the very best in market knowledge and technical know-how. After all the decades of rebuilding we love to share our insights and expertise with the industry. With our active day-to-day involvement, we intend to continue to be the source for quality pre-owned equipment.”
Nick Howard is recognized as one of North America’s leading capital printing equipment consultants with close to 40 years of industry experience. HGE can provide USPAP-compliant certified valuations on a complete plant or one single machine, as well as full consultative services for buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, cause and origin determination, and budgetary figures for rebuilding.
In late 2013, Nick and Liana Howard officially open Howard Iron Works (HIW) in Mississauga to provide restoration of historic printing equipment and to serve as a globally unique printing museum with machine vintages ranging from the 1830 to 1950s.