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MUSIC CITY TRADE LAMINATOR/FINISHER HITS A HIGH NOTE WITH ITS 2ND SAKURAI SCREEN PRESS

Scott Laminating and Finishing got its start thirty-one years ago in a modest rented space providing laminating services to Nashville, Tennessee area printers and graphic arts clients. Prior to launching the company, Chuck Scott, now General Partner, spent eleven years with Xerox and 3M, all in graphics, where he gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to open his own shop. Today, Scott along with his son Brad, Managing Partner, operate a thriving, family owned business with twelve employees specializing in decorative coating, film laminating and finishing services, large format printing and much more.

“Since the beginning, we asked printers what else we could add to our services such as index tabbing, 3-hole drilling cutting. Wire O Binding, eyeleting, grommeting, package fulfilling, collating. We sold laminating machines, supplies, photo ID equipment and offered pick up and delivery,” Chuck Scott said. “Later we added large format printing for banners, signs, window graphics, and walls.”

In 1993, the company built their own 10,500 sq. ft. building in Nashville to be closer to its commercial printer clients, and have access to major freeways and Nashville International Airport, just three miles away. In addition to serving clients in middle Tennessee, Scott’s customers extend to Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia.

Scott Laminating purchased their first screen press, a Sakurai 102 in 2001. “In those days we knew next to nothing about UV being exclusively a trade laminator,” said Scott. “We did some research, got some VHS videos to watch, talked to some users of various products, and determined that for all we wanted to do with the UV system, the Sakurai 102 became the choice. At one point we were told there was no one in the country using a Sakurai 102 with as many diverse applications as Scott Laminating and Finishing.”

Last January, the company purchased its second Sakurai screen press, a Maestro 102AII equipped with a Natgraph UV dryer and stacker. The high-precision MS102AII, which is positioned just 4’ from their older Sakurai press, operates at 4,000 sheets per hour and accepts sheets up to 29 5/8” x 41 1/2”.

“This new press is much faster than the old 102, so it more than doubles our production output, enabling us to take on much larger jobs and turn them quicker. Our people already knew how to run the Sakurai plus it runs a smaller, 12” x 18” sheet to capitalize on the digital market,” Scott explained. “We’re even in the process of moving to split shifts to give us even more production time.”

Maestro 102AII

“In addition to UV flood coating we do far more spot coating of all types including; raised profile, glitter, textured, both fine grit and larger particle grit, applying UV on top of film lamination, and many other decorative types of coating on both of our Sakurai screen presses,” added Scott. “The quality of the Sakurai presses is great, judging by the complaints received by our largest commercial printer customers, which are very few.“

The Maestro 102AII was purchased from and installed by Sakurai’s Authorized Dealer, Sanjo Sales and Service, co-owned by Bobby Longendyke, based in Columbus, Ohio and Chris Brown, based in Cleveland. Sanjo also provides service, parts and training on Sakurai screen presses, and handles many Sakurai screen press installations all over North and South America.

“Scott Laminating and Finishing has been a great customer to deal with,” said Longendyke. “The Scott’s have been so appreciative of our help and we value our long-time relationship with them. I personally installed their first Sakurai press, when they expanded their operations, so many years ago.”