Staff Writer

Staff Writer
Financial Firm Advisors Excel Acquires Digital Printer Modern, Relocates to Kansas

During the past seven years, Advisors Excel has used the services of Modern LLC of Valparaiso, IN. “It made a ton of sense to acquire them and bring the business here,” said Derek Thompson, co-founder of Advisors Excel. Thompson said a big part of Advisors Excel’s business is taking over the brand of client advisers, who want to reach more customers.

21st Century Expands with Value Pack for Its HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press

In 2014, 21st Century Labels and Packaging installed the HP Indigo WS6600 digital press to address demand for shorter-run lengths, recognizing that digital printing would provide a competitive advantage. In less than one year, digital printing has grown from zero to more than 20 percent of the company’s revenue, and the company has further plans to upgrade its HP Indigo WS6600 with a Value Pack to add all the functionality of an HP Indigo WS6800 digital press.

EPA Names Mohawk to 'National Top 100 List' of Green Power Users for 10th Year

Mohawk has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 'National Top 100 List' of Green Power Users for the 10th year in a row. Mohawk was selected for using wind power to meet 100 percent of its electricity use. "I applaud Mr. O'Connor, and his entire team at Mohawk Fine Papers for their commitment to sustainability, local jobs and economic development in the Capital Region," said Congressman Paul Tonko.

Quad Awarded Magazine Pact from Hearst Valued at More than $500M

Under a new agreement valued at more than $500 million, Quad/Graphics Inc. will continue to be the primary printer for Hearst Magazines’ through 2020. "Magazine content is incredibly valuable in a multichannel world, and through our partnership with Hearst, we have the great opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of ink on paper and related content delivery," said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics.

Canon Solutions America Announces First Océ VarioPrint i300 Shipments to Customers

Canon Solutions America recently held a second anniversary press and analyst meeting in Florida, marking two years that the former Océ has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. The event gave Canon Solutions America executives the opportunity to provide an update on its new midrange cutsheet color inkjet press—the Océ VarioPrint i300—which will be commercially available later this summer and is currently shipping to the first customer installation sites.

United States Postal Service Lowers Non-Profit Periodical Rates

The Postal Service announced that, in response to concerns raised by the Alliance, it has reduced the large price increases it had previously proposed for light weight, low advertising magazines, primarily published and mailed by nonprofits.

McCormick Armstrong Honors Chairman, CEO Jake Shaffer for His 50 Years of Service

McCormick Armstrong Printing Chairman and CEO Jake Shaffer has shown up every day for the past 50 years to manage the finances and shape the growth of McCormick Armstrong Printing. On May 1, McCormick Armstrong will honor Shaffer with an Open House from noon to 6 p.m. to celebrate his 50th anniversary with the company and launch his second 50 years at the helm of one of the largest privately held printers in the Midwest.

PRIMIR Summer Meeting to Spotlight Wide-Format Inkjet and Flexo Opportunities

The results of two new research studies will be featured at PRIMIR's upcoming Summer meeting, June 16-18 in Nashville, TN. The studies are focused on wide-format inkjet and flexographic trends and opportunities. In addition, the program will feature an expert panel on food packaging, safety and compliance.

Allied Printing to Hold Eighth Annual Charitable Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament

The Allied Printing Services Charitable Foundation will hold its eighth Annual Memorial Golf Tournament at Topstone Golf Course on both Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12. In light of the large volume of golfers at last year’s tournament, the company is expanding this year’s outing to two consecutive days of golfing, dining, and socializing.