Dexter, Mich.-based printer Thomson-Shore has completed a two-year $12 million capital improvement project with the installation of a $2 million digital print center that will move the company into the quick turnaround print-on-demand market. CEO Kevin Spall noted that Thomson-Shore has offered offset printing for as few a 150 copies--mainly for universities presses--but he knew the printer needed "to fill the gap" for runs below that number. The new digital printer will print as few as a single copy.

As part of its investment program, Thomson-Shore installed a new four-color press in late 2008. Among the categories the press is used for are cookbooks, medical books and children's books. The focus this year, Spall said, is installing a new management information system. "We are trying to operate as efficiently as possible," Spall said.