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THE KEENE SENTINEL - Peterborough printer closes shop

September 29, 2010

By Kyle Jarvis
Sentinel Staff
PETERBOROUGH - Although little public information is available about why the business closed, Sim's Press Inc. will be auctioned off Friday.

The auction for the now-defunct printing company, at 91 Hancock Road, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The auction is inclusive of the real estate itself and all the equipment, which the bank had a lien on, said Justin Manning, president and chief financial officer for JJ Manning Auctioneers in Yarmouth Port, Mass.

The auctioneer firm was approached by Monadnock Community Bank about the property, Manning said, although he couldn't give details about why Sim's Press folded.

According to a newspaper ad for the auction, equipment and inventory up for grabs includes: a Heidelberg SM 74 Perfecting Color Press, a Heidelberg SORDZ Press, a Ryobi Press, a Hamada Press, colorimeters, Baum folders, a Creo Pre-Press system/server, a Creo Trendsetter 800 II Autoloader, computers, cutters, binders, shrink wraps, scanners, collators, stichers, a Chevrolet van and Trailblazer, and "additional shop and office items."

Sim's produced a variety of print materials over the years, including magazines, brochures, mail-order pieces and more.

"They're a second generation firm and were a strong member of the Chamber for many years," said Jack Burnett, executive director of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Sim's Press owner Ken Simonetta did not respond to multiple phone messages requesting comment.

According to its website, A.J. and Marion Simonetta opened Sim's Press in a small barn on Grove Street in Peterborough in 1947.

It featured short-run digital printing and large-format printing, according to the website.

Peterborough Town Administrator Pamela L. Brenner said she knew little about the former printing company or why it closed, other than that they'd done "very high quality work" for the town over the years.

"It's very unfortunate, but a sign of the times," she said.


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