Staff Writer

Staff Writer
Complete Graphics Wins Best of Show by Int'l Engraved Graphics Association

Complete Graphics won the Best of Show at the International Engraved Graphics Association’s 76th Annual Conference in Vail, Colorado, on June 29. Other Taylor engraving companies to win awards that night include BurdgeCooper and The Ligature of Los Angeles and Berkeley, California.

Mohawk's CEO Presents Story of Ingenuity and Growth at Paper Cluster Meeting

Seventy paper industry executives came together for the New England Paper Cluster's Growth Strategies Reception and Dinner. Among the speakers was Thomas O’Connor Jr., chairman and CEO, of Mohawk Fine Papers, who discussed his firm’s inspiring entrance into the envelope market with its new plant in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Japan Pulp and Paper Acquires Remaining 49 Percent Share of Gould Paper

The remaining 49 percent of Gould Paper has been acquired by Japan Pulp and Paper. Gould is now a wholly-owned subsidiary within the JP Group. "JP is the largest paper merchant in Japan and is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange," explained David Berkowitz, president and CEO of Gould. "Their strong support will allow us to continue to grow and flourish in the United States and throughout the World."

Heidelberg's New Brand Identity Underscores Its Strategic Reorientation

Heidelberg is underlining its reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity. The new color-coded identity represents each of the firm's core areas—services, equipment and consumables. Its focus is no longer simply on equipment, but on the integrated overall process and all the requisite components.

Dreamworks Moves to New 45,000-Square-Foot Facility, Adds an HP Indigo 10000

Dreamworks Graphic Communications has purchased a new HP Indigo 10000 digital press and has moved into a new 45,000-square-foot facility in Glenview, Illinois. The new facility will now be one of HP’s Midwest showcases for the Indigo 10000 and other emerging technologies. According to Dreamworks CEO Dan Luka, the addition of the Indigo 10000 positions the company to produce high-quality collateral faster, better and more competitively than ever before.

What Happens When a 1960s Typewriter Is Transformed Into a Music-Playing Printer? 

Computer scientist Chris Gregg of Tufts University has turned his vintage 1960s Smith Corona electric typewriter into a printer that punches its keys along to music. Originally, he had planned on driving the keys with his computer, but when he discovered that they were not electric switches at all, but rather powered by a complex mechanical system, he decided to shelve the project.

Menasha Expands PrePrint Facility for New Flexographic Printing Press at Wisconsin Facility

A second Bobst Central Impression Flexographic 90SIX printing press will double Menasha Corp.'s capacity at its PrePrint facility. In addition, the facility is expanding by 45,500 square feet. "We are excited to be able to provide faster turnaround time for our current customers, while increasing capacity for future growth," said Roger Ver Voort, Menasha PrePrint general manager.

Vivid Laminating and DataBind Announce U.S. Distribution Deal

Leicestershire, England-based Vivid Laminating Technologies has entered into a distribution deal with DataBind Corp. for the United States. DataBind will be distributing a number of Vivid’s best-selling Laminating Systems, including its Matrix Duo for double-sided laminating, the Linea Encapsulation Systems and Vivid’s Matrix range of Laminators.

EFI Launches Next-Generation of Its Fiery Digital Front End Platform

EFI has launched the newest platform for its industry-leading Fiery digital front ends (DFE) for digital printing systems. The DFE platform, which will be incorporated in several new digital presses from EFI partners starting in Q3, features innovative tools for higher-speed processing and expansion to CMYK+ colors.

Allied Printing Completes Solar Installation at Manchester, Connecticut, Facility

Last week, Allied Printing Services held a ceremony to mark the completion of a solar installation at its Manchester, Connecticut, facility. The ceremony was attended by elected officials, legislators, energy and utility officials, partners and employees. The 1.4 megawatt system, which is comprised of 4,591 panels atop Allied’s 275,000-square-foot facility, will provide about 17 percent of the company's total electricity usage.

Government Publishing Office: What’s in a Name (Change)?

Headquartered in an eight-story, 1.5 million-square-foot complex just five blocks from the Capitol Building in Washington, GPO is the country’s largest in-plant. And, now 154 years of age, it’s also one of the oldest. Over the years, GPO has published numerous important documents, such as the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Warren Commission report and The 9-11 Commission Report, to name a few.