AGC Working To Help NYC Printers

NEW YORK—The affects felt by Manhattan-area printers, as well as all metro area companies, following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers were, to say the least, devastating.

According to Vicki Keenan, vice president of public affairs for the Association of Graphic Communications (AGC), the PIA affiliate representing New York City and northern New Jersey, upwards of 30 area printers have been greatly affected in the aftermath of the attacks. Those most impacted are located on Canal Street, as well as the Hudson/Varick areas, and those based near the foot of the Holland Tunnel. She noted that the AGC hasn’t been able to contact a few printers on West Street.

Communication is the biggest problem. Many companies within a close proximity of the World Trade Center area, which has been dubbed ground zero, were not able to return to their buildings until Monday, September 17. Telephone service has, not surprisingly, been spotty, especially with the volume of phone traffic being experienced by those circuits that were functioning.

“We’ve talked to a lot of members over the past few days, but many of them weren’t able to even get back into their buildings until Monday,” Keenan remarks. “It’s been tough for them to get anything done, because they can’t get trucks to their building. One printer even used a shopping cart to take work off the press, and walked it six to eight blocks to a delivery truck that he was able to rent.”

Unfortunately, and sadly, many clients for area printers are in the financial markets and had offices in buildings that were either destroyed or rendered uninhabitable following the attacks. Some of the businesses there have been able to set up office accommodations elsewhere on a temporary basis, but establishing contact with them has been an uphill challenge for the printers.

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