When a company has been around for over 120 years, it means they’re doing something right. Family-owned and operated and now in its third generation, Hadley Printing has maintained a commitment to provide their customers with quality printing created by talented and dedicated professionals for well over a century. Located in Western Massachusetts, they proudly guide their northeastern customers’ jobs through their state-of-the-art print facility with full attention to printing specifications and details.
Hadley Printing is also very proud of their commitment to the conservation and responsible management of natural resources and has been a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified printer since 2008. The FSC exists to protect forests for future generations by setting standards for responsible forest management and documented chain-of-custody protocols for forest materials. Hadley Printing’s facility management and documentation systems have been FSC approved.
Although Hadley Printing routinely creates standout pieces, we want to highlight two applications beautifully designed by the veteran print company: a promotional book for Neenah Performance Materials and an invitation for a local private school. Both pieces were completed on Hadley Printing’s 1979 Kluge EHD Automatic Platen Press.
Neenah Performance Materials supplied the specialty paper for their book, courtesy of Skivertex Nubuckram. On the front of the book is yellow foil displaying an arrow and the word “DRIVEN.” A checkered flag, reminiscent of the winner’s flag at the end of a car race, flows from the front cover to the back. The cover itself is held together with spiral binding.
The arrow and word “DRIVEN” were double hit for extra coverage and we love how the yellow really stands out. The checkered flag was burnished, and because their older press does not have adjustable dwell time, it took a little bit of skill from their operator to get the look they wanted. Thankfully, he knew exactly what to do!
Now in his 70s, their operator is “an absolute wizard” on their Kluge and a “true craftsman,” according to Hadley Printing’s Operations Manager, Tom Regnier. (Old school operators may be hard to find these days but Kluge believes there is no underestimating their value!) Their operator used high heat to get the look they wanted and we must say the flag came out beautiful. Neenah Performance Materials was very happy with the finished product. In fact, the book won an award in 2018 from P.I.N.E organization (Printing Industries of New England)!
The invitation was for a local private school honoring a longtime board member. It is a trifold with the left and right flaps die-cut so just the image of the school symbol on the middle fold is showing when the flaps are closed. A message on the middle fold explaining what the event is about is visible when the flaps are opened. On each inside flap are event details such as location and time. Finally, the flaps contain words sprawled from top to bottom related to the school.
According to Tom Regnier, “The piece was all about registration.” They first offset printed and then foil stamped the “50,” which contains the school symbol in the number “0.” Next, they die-cut and scored, in which they kept an eye out for perfect registration. The school loved the finished product and Hadley Printing plans to enter it into next year’s print awards.
Hadley Printing has proven to be one of the best when it comes to running their Kluge. We can’t wait to see what designs they create next!
For more on Hadley Printing, visit www.hadleyprinting.com.