Erik Cagle

Erik Cagle
Visual Marking Systems Putting Wraps on Continued Growth

Visual Marking Systems (VMS) of Twinsburg, Ohio, has underscored its excellence by registering a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent, year-over-year. In 2014, VMS racked up a growth rate of roughly 16 percent, a figure that expects to be repeated in 2015.

Wisconsin Printer Vibrant Graphics Relocating to 66,000-Square-Foot Facility

Vibrant Graphics is in the process of moving to a 66,000-square-foot plant, which is less than two miles away from its current, leased home. The move will take about a week to complete. According to Mike Sewart, Vibrant's owner, the relocation will allow the company to grow its printing division and join Glendale's business corridor.

Stamp Release Triggers Yuletide Sensations

An iconic children's animated Christmas classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," will be immortalized by the U.S. Postal Service with a 10-stamp release in October. The stamp set chronicles Charlie Brown's quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Documation Redefines Itself Through Lean Principles, Inkjet Technology

How did it come to be that Documation—a 110-employee former in-plant based in America’s heartland, serving the needs of its association and publisher clientele—opted to embark on a full-blown culture change, complete with professional training on lean best practices, a logo/rebranding face lift and a bottom-up support focus?

Girl Throws Opening Pitch with Help of 3D Printed Hand

A 3D-printed Flexy-Hand 2 helps 5-year-old Hailey Dawson grip and hold objects—and throw the opening pitch at Monday's Baltimore Orioles game. In preparation for the event, her family arranged a special Orioles version to be printed, which included the team's mascot and colors.

Vision Integrated Graphics Is Poised for Growth with Tobe Direct Acquisition

Doug Powell has good equipment. In fact, the CEO of Chicagoland’s Vision Integrated Graphics Group has great equipment. Powell knows this; if 30 years in the graphic arts industry has taught him anything, it’s that one must be fearless when it comes to embracing new technology. As a result, Powell walks the bleeding edge, and it has yet to burn him.

GRAPH EXPO 'Fall Classic' Is Approaching; Here's a Preview

As the busiest season of the year approaches for the printing community, GRAPH EXPO 15 and CPP EXPO 15 are set to touch down in Chicago's McCormick Place from Sept. 13-16. This year's show offers a bit of the old and new. Here’s a taste of what’s new.

MBO Finishing Equipment Is Instrumental to Direct Mail Printer Fenske Media

Fenske Media's Dave Fenske—who along with his three brothers operates the largely direct mail specialty operation from a nearly 100,000-square-foot facility in Rapid City, South Dakota—has assembled an impressive digital finishing department that includes 30 to 40 components that can be rolled into place in a near-line finishing configuration. The firm was born as a commercial job shop back in 1957 and now counts a lion’s share of its business in the digital direct mail realm.

Fox Group Consolidates, Adds New Heidelberg Finishing Equipment

Hank Fox, in the vernacular of the gambling world, is “all in.” In other words, he’s moved all of his chips into the pot. In the world of trade binderies, that might be considered gambling. The CEO and owner of Fox Group in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is personally committed to the success of his company, for the long haul.

Printing Error Mars Harper Lee Sequel

A printing error on UK-printed copies of long-awaited novel "Go Set a Watchman" has resulted in text missing from six different pages. Amazon has provided corrected copies and has emailed missing text to readers.

Commercial Printing Firms Share Their Thoughts on the Opportunities of 3D Printing

For those naysayers who believe that the 3D printing moniker is an accident of nomenclature, that it is truly additive manufacturing bearing little or no resemblance to the ink-on-substrates graphic arts, Paul Gardner has a little news for you. It may not be ink on paper but, as practices go, the director of innovation at Salt Lake City-based Hudson Printing believes there are more fundamental similarities than differences.

Standard Register Applies for Plan Extension

Bankrupt printer Standard Register is seeking an extension for the formal filing of its Chapter 11 plan. The company filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, seeking an additional 90 days to file its plan.