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I LANSTON TYPE COMPANY I GERALD GIAMPA I

NORTHLAND LETTERPRESS expanded in the summer of 1985 to a substantially more square footage armed with an aggressive business plan. However the crew was very lean. Martin Jensen, Mary Jane Ireland, Ken Olive and Giampa were the only employees of the new plant. At this conjecture the Lanston Type Library was not part of the expansion plans.

The business plan included going into typefounding in a serious fashion. This idea was resisted by the workers and office staff.

Initially however the plant expanded its press capacity. Two Heidelberg cylinders were purchased. After moving the plant had one Heidelberg windmill, two Heidelberg cylinders, two Little Giant cylinder presses and two Vandercook proof presses, one with a very large sheet capacity. It was a semi-automatic press.

Shortly afterwards Giampa purchased Archie Little's display matrices, casters and keyboards from Spring Valley Press in Washington State.

All the casters were plumbed under the concrete floor and wiring and air lines set to come from up above. This left the shop very neat avoiding having to walk over wires and pipes. The single obstacle was the lack of flexibility in moving equipment around.

Northland Letterpress Expands
Gerald Giampa, Typographer
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GERALD GIAMPA, TYPOGRAPHER
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THE EXPANSION WENT LIKE CLOCKWORK. Everything had been planned down to the last square inch, new machinery purchased, trucks arranged. Not a single days production was lost.

I set up new rules for installation. The equipment, instead of lining up against walls, were instead, installed in the middle of the plant floor. That in itself is not original.

The overhead heating was relocated to prevent dust and static in the pressroom.

Wiring ran down from the ceiling to the individual machines. The casting room floors were jack hammered and drain pipes installed for the cooling water. Overhead power and air lines ran along overhead structures to the casters and keyboards. Cooling water ran the same route to the casters. Additional air lines were installed in the plant to locations so that the oil holes to all the machinery could be blown free of dirt and old oils. Eventually these lines were extended to each of the matrix making machines, of which there were plenty.

Nothing obstructed the floor. They were clean and easy to sweep. Initially this shop was like a ship and as organized as you could make it.

Production became very easy, scheduling was streamlined. I finally had a dream shop.

This changed later when the Lanston Punch Cutting department was installed which ate up space forcing us to relocate some machinery, build lofts, and rent additional space in the same building.