4over Inc. Hosts Open House at Moonachie Facility
On March 27, 4over Inc. welcomed a large group of customers to its Moonachie, New Jersey-based facility. The group consisted of more than 500 active customers from the region who stopped by for lunch and a brief tour.
Attendees and members of 4over’s executive team shared a few laughs together in the sunshine—a much different scene from last October when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Like the surrounding areas, Moonachie suffered widespread devastation. The Superstorm forced a tidal surge up the Hackensack River, flooding the town and damaging 4over’s plant. Fish, water-soaked print jobs and broken equipment were left behind after water rushed into the 45,000 sq. ft. building from all angles, forcing the plant to temporarily close.
So the 4over staff banded together, demonstrating a fierce commitment to its craft and its customer base.
“Employees showed up to help. They picked up buckets, shovels and brooms and did amazing work,” said Zarik Megerdichian, 4over CEO. “Our people are why we recovered as quickly as we did.”
Other divisions of 4over, particularly its flagship location in Glendale, Calif., worked overtime to compensate for the destruction. Jobs that were printed just prior to the storm’s arrival were destroyed. These jobs, along with new print orders, were redirected to several of the other seven 4over facilities dispersed around the country as Moonachie recuperated.
The company pulled out all the stops, even flying in tsunami specialists from Japan for advice on how to fix the various presses, cutters and folders. Megerdichian estimated that approximately 70 percent of equipment needed to be replaced. By March, a new Lithrone GL40 press from Komori had been delivered and installed in the plant.
“This area is geographically important to the growth of 4over, and that is why the owners of the company went so far to recover the facility in such a timeline,” noted Yiannis Lykogiannis, vice president, operations. “If you drive down the street here, you will see a lot of empty buildings—companies that never came back.”