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Copresco Recognized for 30 Years of Digital Printing Leadership

Copresco—a digital printing pioneer—has been recognized for the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1987 by a Proclamation from the Village of Carol Stream, Illinois.

Copresco President Steve Johnson accepts congratulations and a proclamation for Copresco’s 30th anniversary from Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino. From left are Village Trustees David Hennessey, Mary Frusolone, and Matt McCarthy, Steve Johnson, Mayor Frank Saverino, and Village Trustees Greg Schwarze, John LaRocca and Rick Gieser. The October 16, 2017 Proclamation congratulates Copresco for its many years of industry leading service.

Although October 19, 1987 was known as Black Monday when world stock markets violently crashed, it was the dawn of a new age in the printing industry.

Copresco President Steve Johnson believed that the future for printing was in digital technology and the fast printing of books and publications.

"We were looking for a much better, faster way of producing short-run projects," Johnson says. "In those days, a copy shop might be able to get you 10 sets of a 20-page document in a day or so. Ask a commercial printer for 100 copies of a 1,000-page book with the same deadline, and you'd get a horrified look and a turnaround estimate of six weeks."

Johnson came up with an entirely new approach for fast turnaround and founded a company originally known as Copies Overnight. "Long before the term was in vogue, we began printing on-demand and delivering documents—literally overnight. Along the we changed our name to Copresco, but maintained our 'Mission Impossible' philosophy, constantly pushing the envelope by taking on challenging printing projects that others dismissed," Johnson explains.

Copresco's continual growth led to the 1999 move into a 14,000 sq. ft. Carol Stream plant that houses offices, the press department, full-service bindery, shipping and warehousing.

The company's digital presses produce millions of impressions for a diverse range of clients in the general business, printing trade, technical and institutional fields. Projects include catalogs, manuals, textbooks, directories, calendars, cookbooks, planograms, workbooks, booklets, yearbooks and reference guides.

"While Copresco's core business is printing black and white books and publications that convey vital information, our award-winning color work competes with the best printing in the world," Johnson adds.

"Copresco has earned dozens of awards for digital leadership and printing excellence. These accolades are gratifying, but it is the respect, support and trust of our clients that make the difference."

Copresco is supported by a staff with long years of service, and by a cadre of dedicated printing brokers.

"We are proud to be recognized as the leader of the digital movement that has drastically changed the way books are manufactured. We will continue to lead the way with technology advancements and improvements in the continually changing communications industry," Johnson concluded.

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