‘The Future’ Just Pulled Into Our Parking Lot!

(Left to right) WORZALLA maintenance technician Barry Neumann, press operator Todd Obremski, and Heidelberg install technician Mike Sullivan welcome the first of five truckloads of XL106 press components.

(Left to right) WORZALLA maintenance technician Barry Neumann, press operator Todd Obremski, and Heidelberg install technician Mike Sullivan welcome the first of five truckloads of XL106 press components.

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of WORZALLA’s new Heidelberg XL106 press, and . . . drum roll, please . . . it’s here!

After months of preparation, training, and site enhancements, we are more than ready to accept delivery of the physical press. As the components arrive we begin a four-week installation schedule and several weeks of hands-on print training prior to commissioning the press for live work.

Twelve pressmen have completed advance instruction in Heidelberg, Germany. Even more press and maintenance personnel have been trained at the Heidelberg facility in Kennesaw, Georgia USA. Once the press is installed and the operators accomplish several more weeks of hands-on training WORZALLA will have a bevy of Heidelberg-certified press operators on staff! We got this!

It’s a beauty! this high speed sheetfed perfector has eight print units to allow for four-color printing on both sides of the sheet in one pass through the press. Automatic plate changers and Heidelberg cutting-edge technology will give us super-fast makereadies. This baby has a big appetite and we will be challenged to feed the beast a steady diet of high fidelity four-color fare.

What’s good for us is good for lots of other folks, too. While we work to bring this press online we will ‘test drive’ it with several high quality printed projects for non-profit organizations in our community. The variety of projects will help our operators to experience what this press can do, as well as helping to promote various initiatives in our community. It stretches our operators and makes a bigger impact than recycling test sheets. A win-win for our local United Way, literacy initiatives, scouting, environmental programs and the arts.

Jeff Kinney’s Better Dream

The Wimpy Kid phenomenon continues to grow. CBS Sunday Morning recently interviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney. With the launch of The Long Haul — Book #9 in the bestselling series — Kinney enjoys his legions of fans and talks about his dream that went awry. Click on the image below to see the segment.

Here at WORZALLA (proudly dubbed “The Wimpy Printer”) we can’t say enough about the talented Mr. Kinney and our wonderful friends at ABRAMS. Congratulations to allĀ on the incredible success of The Long Haul.

WK The Long Haul

‘Dear Malala, We Stand With You’

Malala Cover

Last week’s announcement that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was particularly exciting for everyone here at WORZALLA, since we recently completed the printing and binding of a new book for Random House Children’s Books — Dear Malala, We Stand With You (by Rosemary McCarney and Plan Canada).

Watch for this title to be released October 28, 2014.

Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot by the Taliban in October of 2012 for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her tragedy and survival has had the most amazing outcome — empowering girls around the world to raise up from poverty, violence and oppression and become a catalyst for change.

The United Nations declared July 12, 2013 (Malala’s sixteenth birthday) the first Malala Day, inviting 500 young people from around the world to the UN to “take over” for the day. As part of the celebration, young girls participated in a short film — in the form of their letters to Malala — sharing how important a symbol she was for them in their lives. This warm and powerful video was the basis for Dear Malala, We Stand With You.

In support of publication, Random House Children’s Books will make a donation to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which aims to support millions of girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.

In Malala’s words, “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

To read more about Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize, check out this article in the New York Times.