Running Lean, Mean and Green
DWS Printing Associates has a solid, sustainable niche in labeling for the food and beverage and household products markets.June 2012 By Chris Bauer
While Deer Park, N.Y.-based DWS Printing Associates Inc. proudly traces its roots back to 1865, it can also boast that it is a trendsetter when it comes to investing in the most up-to-date printing technologies, while focusing on modern-day sustainable business practices.
David Weil’s Sons Lithographic Company—the original name of the company—was established in New York City shortly after the Civil War ended, printing labels and packaging for the food, beverage, and textile industries. The Staib family got involved with the company in 1888, when Charles Staib joined the company as a salesman. He eventually became a partner in the early 1900s. His son, Arthur, entered the business in 1920.
During World War II, the company contributed to the war efforts by printing maps for the government. Arthur Staib’s two sons, Arthur Jr. and Allen, joined the company in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, brothers Tom and Andy Staib, sons of Allen Staib, lead the company.
Operating for growth
DWS Printing specializes in printing cut-and-stack paper, film, and pressure-sensitive labels for the food, beverage and household industries. In 2012, it moved to a custom-renovated facility, more than doubling its space and suiting the needs of the company for future growth.
“We have a complete in-house prep and art department that services all forms of graphic design,” Vice President Andy Staib notes. “We also offer inventory management programs for some of our highest-volume, top-tiered clients. The market that DWS serves is extremely broad and includes the beverage, craft beer, food, and household product categories.”
During drupa 2012, the company announced it purchased a new Heidelberg Peak Performance Speedmaster XL 106-8+L. The new press is the first in the United States to be configured with the combination of a CutStar inline sheeting system, Hybrid UV technology, and both Prinect Inpress and Axis Control color measurement and control systems.
The CutStar sheeting system will allow the company to buy substrates more economically, President Tom Staib points out. “It will pay off for our customers because ultimately, we will be able to give them superior quality with even more competitive pricing,” he says.
With the new press installation, DWS will take advantage of lower makeready times, expand the company’s product portfolio with advanced UV technology, and will be able to a significantly reduce its waste. This all fits with the company’s Green Initiatives program.