Security printer Ashton Potter is one of the largest suppliers of stamps and stamped envelopes for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The company also serves governmental and private institutions, creating security labels for a variety of needs. The 200-employee company recently made headlines with the news that it was constructing a 55,000-square-foot office, manufacturing and storage facility, a $3.2 million project. Construction is slated to begin this fall and be completed by the end of spring 2016.
Paper recycling systems are to printers what roofs are to homeowners—a necessary evil that won’t exactly make you beam with pride or add value. Sure, the ROI for these systems can be relatively long range. Replacing them can require cutting holes in walls or even building new structures. Plus, only the most granola environmentalist of customers would look at your new paper collection system and give you work on that reason alone. It’s not a new capability that can help you sell deeper with your customers or land new accounts.
Based on the Printing Industries of America's Best Workplace in the Americas Awards list, here's an in-depth look at some of the printing companies—Smyth, Times Printing, MOSAIC, Tailored Label Products—that go beyond standard employee treatment and benefits. These companies were included in either the small (100 or less), medium (101-250) and large (250-plus) categories.
The woman-led printing company, Premier Press of Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1974 by Arnold and Dee Wheeler, and is now led by their three daughters, Jodi Krohn, Juli Cordill and Joni Feryn. The SGP-certified company boasts a wide range of services while striving to use environmentally sustainable practices to meet the needs of its customers.
GCI Digital Imaging of Cincinnati was tasked with creating some of the signage for the MLB 2015 All Star Game during the summer. The company stepped up the plate and provided pitcher’s mound covers, dugout and stadium banners, and the covers for a 75-foot zip line tower, as well as the banners for a fantasy camp, hitting challenge and a Pepsi-sponsored block party held before and after the game.
A former USPS employee pleads guilty to lesser charges in connection with a scam that redirected Operation Santa gifts and toys aimed toward poor and needy children to a trio of postal workers.
Check printing specialist Harland Clarke is slated to close its Base and Specialty Product Fulfillment facility in San Antonio, a move that will leave more than 100 employees out of work, according to the San Antonio Express-News. This facility serves as the front end of the check printing process, according to the Express-News, a task that can now be handled through various technologies at numerous facilities across the Harland Clarke network.
For some commercial printers, getting into wide-format digital printing is the right path to follow. Various companies are adding the capabilities to meet the needs of clients and keep up-to-date in the ever-evolving print industry. The following commercial printers share their stories.
Printing Impressions touched base with a sampling of printers in Chicago during GRAPH EXPO 15 and CPP EXPO 15, to provide insight as to why they were there and what technologies they were checking out. For many, GRAPH EXPO is a printer’s holiday, not to be missed for any reason.
At first blush, the story behind Candid Worldwide/Candid Litho’s growth defies logic. How does a sheetfed lithographic printer based in Long Island City, New York, open a wide-format digital printing operation in New York and Las Vegas and record 50 percent growth in its second year by serving many of Sin City’s biggest gaming and entertainment clientele? The answer to this question lacks drama. The simple truth is, Candid takes care of its customers and always has, dating back to its 1956 launch.
The next eight years could represent a highly transformative period for production inkjet printing. That was the message Marco Boer, vice president at Hanover, Massachusetts-based I.T. Strategies, delivered during the Production Inkjet Luncheon Sept. 14 during GRAPH EXPO 15 in Chicago.
Ray Scholler, longtime owner, CEO and chairman of Times Printing and a 2002 inductee into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, passed away Sunday at the age of 97. Times Printing was founded by Mr. Scholler's parents, Henry and Flora, as a community newspaper. Ray and his wife, Bernice (who passed away in May of 2014) expanded the company's scope and grew it into one of the largest printers in the United States.
Perhaps there are tales of greater woe waiting to be discovered but, in all honesty, it is virtually impossible to find a company that failed more miserably on its first day of operation than the sad story behind Geographics Inc.’s debut. Had the phone not rang once on its opening day, and nary a solitary customer knocked on the front door, that would have represented a rousing success story compared to the fateful day when Norvin Hagan first hung his printing shingle.
Jack Glacken's ability to seek out and discover the path to continued success for his Philadelphia-based commercial printing firm TGI while changing business plans in the process has earned him a spot among the 2015 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame class.
The underfunded pension plan for the employees of Standard Register has been taken over by Pension Benefit Guaranty, which will handle disbursements to 8,500 current and future retirees of the bankrupt firm. Pension Benefit Guaranty is coming to the rescue because Taylor Corp. of North Mankato, Minnesota is not assuming responsibility for the pension plan, while Standard Register is trying to complete its Chapter 11 process.