Scientology Church to Launch Second Massive In-plant
AFTER STARTING up an extensive digital in-plant almost three years ago, the Church of Scientology has decided to replicate this success with an even more ambitious in-house printing operation. Just a few months from now the church plans to open a new offset printing plant in Commerce, Calif., 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
Among the major equipment being installed in the 180,000-square-foot facility are a five-color Heidelberg XL 105 with a coater and a six-unit Goss Sunday 2000 web press. The church plans to bring all of its magazine and direct mail printing in-house.
The decision to start an in-plant, rather than continue to send this work to commercial printers, came about after extensive analysis of current and future volumes. The church now prints between two and three million magazines a month but estimates that could reach six million a month within five years. In addition, magazines are printed in 17 languages, and the church plans to expand that to 52 languages.
"No commercial printer had the scope or the range to do all these different products efficiently and cost effectively," says Jamie McClintock, senior project manager. "It ended up saving us a significant amount of money to build a facility that produced our products. We then get total control of quality and total control of scheduling."
The church learned the benefits of in-house printing from its digital in-plant. Located in a 135,000-square-foot facility about five minutes away from the new plant, the digital shop houses two Xerox iGen3 digital presses, eight DocuPrint 1050s, four HP Indigo 5000s and an HP Indigo ws4500 web label press. The in-plant can turn out 20,000 hard-cover books (up to 450 pages in length) in two or three days, McClintock says. These books, all penned by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, are printed in 52 languages.