ZBE Celebrates 500th Chromira Installation with Golden Knights


Carpinteria, CA – ZBE, Incorporated announces the 500th installation of its Chromira brand LED digital photographic printers, for the “Golden Knights” – the US Army’s official parachuting team.  A Chromira 5x ProLab was installed in their Fort Bragg, NC facility to replace their 30” roll-to-roll printer, which was the fifteenth Chromira ever installed.

“[We] originally got our Chromira – #15 – from [another] unit at Fort Bragg.  Now, I have #500,” says Sergeant Joel Rowley, Lab Manager of the Golden Knight’s media relations facilities.  “[With our ProLab], I just hit a button and print all day.  That’s how I make command happy; they ask for something and I can give it to them right away.  It’s very efficient.  We got rid of our darkroom, [have] many hours a week in time saving, [and] space is saved without the processor and cutting paper table.”

The Golden Knights is the official parachute team of the US Army, based in Fort Bragg, NC – the “Home of the Airborne”.  Created in 1959 and officially recognized by the Army in 1961, the Golden Knights is considered to have the best parachuting teams in the world.  The Golden Knights represent the US Army’s Department of Defense and support both its recruiting and public relations efforts.

The US Army Golden Knights continually prints on its Chromira to support these recruiting and public relations efforts.  It puts together 8×10 press packets, media kits for advertising, promotion, and recruiting purposes, and personalized 16x20s and 18x24s as mementos and expressions of gratitude.  This year, the Golden Knights are ramping up its printing as it is documenting the celebration of its 50th anniversary, which will kick off in March with the participation of celebrities who have jumped with them in the past and will end in December with an alumni reunion.

For more information on the history and parachuting teams of the US Army Golden Knights, visit www.goldenknights.com or www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights.

ZBE, Incorporated is headquartered in Carpinteria, CA, USA and has been serving professional imaging needs since 1980, continuing to provide the photo industry with innovative and affordable high-quality products.  These products include the Chromira and Chromira5x roll-to-roll printers, WorkStream software, ColorPro II, and the Chromira5x ProLab introduced last year.


Tim Sexton, VP Marketing
ZBE Incorporated, 1035 Cindy Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013 USA
Phone: (805) 576-1600; fax: (805) 576-1601
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