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Printers Stung by Attacks

November 2001

Tanagraphics, a 32-year veteran in the city, which realizes a great deal of its work from affected businesses, is located a mere two miles from the area dubbed "ground zero." According to David Jurist, president of Tanagraphics, the focus of the company is to "deal with the reality of what has happened."

One way that was accomplished was through a prayer session the company had on the Friday following the attack. Employees joined hands on the fifth floor and recited the names of people who were missing.

"Cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, friends," Jurist related. "There were too many names. People were carrying pictures around (of the missing people)."

IGI Earth Color, located midtown at West 34th St., did not reveal the extent of possible damage to employees or property, but reported that business activity was not its immediate concern. "Business takes a back seat at a time like this," notes Carin Mifsud, vice president and marketing director. "We're concentrating on supporting those who may have been affected."

Sandy Alexander of Clifton, NJ, less than 10 miles from ground zero, felt the sadness expressed by the city and the rest of the nation. "Some relatives of our employees, including New York City firemen, are not accounted for," states Jonathan Fogel, senior vice president and director of marketing for Sandy Alexander.

"Who knows what effect this will have on us. We haven't been thinking about the bottom line, but any company who supports any of the businesses in the city is going to be somewhat affected. But the last week or so, it's been tough to concentrate on business."

Mike Graff, a senior executive vice president with Sandy Alexander, was in Chicago at the PRINT 01 show when the attacks occurred. A firefighter who is a lieutenant with the New City volunteer fire department in Rockland County, Graff rented a car and drove back with several co-workers to New Jersey the following day, wanting to do whatever he could to aid in the rescue mission.

"I couldn't get our guy to drive home fast enough," says Graff, who phoned and actually spoke with a friend in one of the World Trade Center towers after it was struck. "I also have several friends who work for the New York City fire department."

Graff wasn't allowed to help at ground zero, but he covered for a Manhattan unit that lost 14 of its men. He praised his fellow comrades who entered the towers without regard for their own safety in order to rescue others.

Sandy Alexander is just one of many companies attempting to pick up the pieces and move forward. How long that could take is anyone's guess.

"The employees have been holding up well," Fogel advises. "As each day passes, we try to get closer to what we need to do. I don't think we'll ever totally get back to normal."

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