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December 2005
Printer's Program Hits Big Apple For First Time

NEW YORK CITY—Pictorial Offset, of Carlstadt, NJ, recently held its Pictorial University in New York for the first time at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium. Nearly 200 people from advertising agencies, design firms, corporations, and local and regional educational institutions heard presentations and case studies about branding initiatives.

Featured speakers included Steve Sadove, Saks Inc.; Jennifer Bergin, Eastman Kodak; Cecilia Fabrizio, AmeriCares; Scott Deming, Scott Deming ESP; and Donald Samuels, Pictorial Offset.

Infinite Graphics Technology, an Indianapolis-based provider of large-format digital printing, announced a new 3D product offering for the out of home/indoor advertising market. The firm will offer the 3D images under the product name Infinite3D.

Repacorp Label Products has hired Dennis Ryan as director of RFID business development. Also, Brandyn Zanow has been named marketing manager for the Tipp City, OH-based label converting and specialty printer.

Southeastern Printing, of Stuart, FL, has recently promoted and hired key personnel for its expanding operation, which currently employs 220 people. Chris Cavaretti was promoted to vice president after serving as estimating manager, then production manager for the past four years. Diana Gannon was named CFO. Joanie Lotze comes to Southeastern as marketing manager. And Patricia Turner joined the company as general manager.

The Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop), founded in August by HP Indigo users and the HP Indigo team, has announced its 2006 board of directors. Members will serve two-year terms. The board includes: Jack Glacken (chairman), president, Today's Graphics; Chris Wells (chairman elect), president and CEO, LaVigne Inc.; Francis McMahon, marketing manager of print service providers, Hewlett-Packard; David Leshem, director of worldwide strategic business, Indigo division, Hewlett-Packard; John Rogers, executive director, NEBS Business Products; Terie Syme, operations manager, Prestige Label; Todd Kallagher, president, Finlay; Art Manzo, COO, Global Soft Digital Solutions; and Doyle Mortimer, vice president of operations, Alexanders Digital Printing.

Ned Lutz has joined the sales staff of Daniels Graphics, Asheville, NC. Lutz formerly was employed by Signature Press, whose assets Daniels Graphics has acquired. The addition of Signature's large-format offset presses will enhance Daniels Graphics' existing offset and digital printing capabilities.

NAPL's Printing Business Index (PBI), the graphic communications industry trade association's broadest measure of print activity, reached a near record 61.5 in September. This marks the fourth consecutive increase for the PBI and the 27th month that the index has been above the critical 50.0 mark—the point at which more printers report activity is picking up than report activity is slowing down. For the same period, however, readings on confidence and expectations were at their lowest levels since the industry recovery began in the second half of 2003.
 

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