GAERF Launches Education Push

RESTON, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation has begun distributing educational information about the printing industry to 65,000 high school teachers and guidance counselors across the country as part of the Make Your Mark in Graphic Communications program. The program, which has the potential to reach six million U.S. high school students, consists of a kit that includes teachers’ curriculum and counselors’ guides, posters, student brochures and follow-up surveys. The program is aimed at introducing and enticing young people into careers in the graphic arts fields.

Mail-Well Names Group Head

ENGLEWOOD, CO—Mail-Well Inc. announced Gordon Griffiths has been named president and CEO of the Mail-Well Print Group. Griffiths previously served as president and COO at St. Joseph Corp., one of Canada’s largest commercial printers. He also spent 18 years with Quebecor Printing. Griffiths replaces David Blue, who left the company to pursue other interests.

New Facility for Webtrend

SANTA ANA, CA—In order to better serve its Southern California and national clientele, Webtrend announced it has moved some of its operations to a recently acquired plant here in Orange County. The 63,000-square-foot facility now houses the company’s executive, sales and administrative personnel, along with print production operations. The company will continue to maintain its Vista, CA, branch for fulfillment purposes.

Bookspan Acquires Inserters

HANOVER, PA—Bookspan, a direct marketer of general interest and specialty book clubs, announced it has ordered 10 Buhrs BB300 envelope inserting systems to enhance mailing capabilities at its facility here. Bookspan, which operates approximately 50 book clubs, is a partnership between Doubleday Direct (owned by Bertelsmann AG) and Book-of-the-Month Club Holdings (owned by Time Inc.).

Instant Web Creates Three Posts

CHANHASSEN, MN—Printing and mailing specialist The Instant Web Companies announced it has filled three new positions. Dan Axelson was named finance director, a position that combines accounting and treasury functions. Mary Hyland assumes the role of director of business services and oversees estimating, purchasing, billing and sales analysis. Joseph Guttman is the company’s new estimating manager.

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