The Vincent Press Installs Heidelberg and Purchases Local Competitor
It has been a busy few weeks for The Vincent Press of Peterborough, Ontario, which completed the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L press and, just last week, finalized the purchase of nearby Lazer Graphics.
Andrew McCulloch and his team recently held an open house to celebrate the Heidelberg press installation with the Peterborough community, including the city’s mayor, Daryl Bennett. “I am most proud of the fact that I can keep my manufacturing base local and contribute to the community of Peterborough,” said McCulloch, President and owner of The Vincent Press. “As I have grown so have my clients. And many of the company’s 24 employees have been with us since our beginnings, so out here loyalty means a lot.”
Founded in 1969 by Don Vincent, the McCulloch family, led by Andrew’s father Joe, purchased The Vincent Press some 30 years ago and maintained the company’s name because of its strong reputation in the community. Andrew joined the family business 17 years ago and used his technical knowledge to help with its digital prepress transition, moving from cameras to imagesetters, and later from imagesetters to computer-to-plate.
“This is likely the last offset press I will buy, so I had to be comfortable with my decision,” said McCulloch. “The press centre console with Intellistart really caught my eye. It appeared so easy to operate the press with this tool. Everything is automated: plating, blanket and impression cylinder wash, roller wash, and job data transfer. The fact that Heidelberg has the workflow, the CTP and all other integrated technology under the Prinect umbrella – tying into the press centre – was also a big advantage.”
In addition to The Vincent Press’ offset roots, the company also operates a wide-format-printing department, as well as a digital storefront shop, called Custom Copy, in the downtown Peterborough. Last week, McCulloch completed the purchase of Lazer Graphics, which has been based in Peterborough for the past 23 years, from Carolyn and John Hart, who are set to retire.
“I have the biggest offset press in the area now,” said McCulloch, referring to the new Heidelberg XL 75, with a 23 x 29-inch sheet size. “I have wide-format [inkjet] equipment and I have my digital operation downtown. You need to be efficient in all segments to compete and be profitable.”