Ed Regan Printing Machinery Movers
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In 1969 while working for Fancher Printers, my late wife of 47 yrs., Patrica and I bought our 1st truck. It was a 1953 Ford F-350, 1 ton pick up truck with a Flathead V-8 engine.  We equipped it with a winch and wagon planks in the driveway of our 1st new house in Steger, IL. I did part time jobs on the weekends, moving small printing presses, folders & paper cutters. 

During this time I started to build a following of repeat customers. One of them was Tompkins Printing Equipment, on South Clark St., Chicago, ( located in the center of the once thriving & historic printer's row area of Chicago ). In the spring of 1974, I asked Mr. Larry Tompkins if he would provide me with work on a regular basis, should I decide to resign my job as a full time printer. He agreed as long as I continued with the current quality of my work. Mr. Tompkins kept true to his word, as I was moving something in or out of the Clark St. location at least 3 Days a week for the remaining decade of the 70's.

By the late 70's, I had become increasingly involved in moving large format Harris offset printing presses. I started working with a former Harris printing press erector named Joseph Yukich, who started working for The Harris Corp. in 1958. Mr. Yuckich's specific job was to erect, install, demonstrate and troubleshoot, large format, unitized Harris printing presses such as 59", 60", 77" & 78" sheet fed presses. The Harris Corp. shut down their sheet-fed press division 1975. Mr. Joseph Yukich then became involved in the web division and later formed his own company, Universal Printing Machinery, (UPM).

UPM then became a major customer of mine, having me move large format sheet fed & web presses nationwide to large carton houses. This led to me being trained in the finer points of erecting a printing press to factory specifications. Such as precision leveling to tolerances of .0005 per ft., aligning and most importantly tramming between the plate cylinder bearers. To move one - 6 color 77" Harris press from point A to point B would require 10 semi truckloads and take a minimum of 6 weeks to accomplish. I did these huge jobs, including installing new full size, heat set Harris web printing presses into the mid 80's. The demand for these old, large, 78"offset presses fell off dramatically because they where becoming obsolete in comparison to the newer, 40" Heidelberg Speedmaster's and other equally advanced presses.

Coincidently, in 1986 I received a call from Heidelberg asking me if I would be one of their riggers for the Chicago area, including the state of Illinois and the northern 1/4 of Indiana. I would become a back-up for their primary rigger. Heidelberg gave me 12 jobs moving the smallest equipment in their line, such 20" presses and 30" cutters. After I had completed these 12 jobs I was summoned to the office. Heidelberg informed me that they had surveyed these customers as to my performance and that I have received good reports from all. They asked me if I was really confident in handling their large 40" press. I replied that I have been moving large format printing presses for the prior 15 years. Heidelberg then began sending me full size, 40" new printing presses to deliver and assist their mechanics in the erection and installation.

As fate would have It, I ended up buying out the primary rigger's company in 1989. In 1995 Heidelberg gave me the entire state of Indiana in addition to Illinois, which I already had.

By the spring of 2001 the printing industry had found itself in a position of having over capacity of existing equipment, changing of technology to digital, downturn in the economy and foreign importing of printed material. This produced the perfect storm for downsizing the printing industry.

We have spent the last 11 years taking out many of the presses that we had previously installed new and shipping them to 3rd world countries.

We clearly have the experience, the know how and are poised to do our part in helping to make the printing industry strong again in the USA.
Author of text: Edward J. Regan.
Web design: Edward P. Regan.

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