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Spicers Paper and The Gilman Brothers Company are extending their authorized distribution agreement for 2017. As an authorized distributor, Spicers Paper will continue to be a key supplier of Gilman Brothers’ full line of rigid substrates including INFINITY styrene-faced foamboard and InSite Reveal clay-coated foamboard, as well as EAGLECELL all-paper graphics board.

In a PIXLive interview, John Sommers Jr. describes how his father prepared him well to take over the family-owned, Manchester, Conn., commercial printing operation following his dad's untimely passing in 2013. Only 27 years old at the time, the third-generation leader hasn't stood still since, making major capital investments in offset and digital equipment, a large solar panel installation on the plant's rooftop, expanding the company's sales force and building on a corporate culture that empowers Allied employees to be successful. Check out this interview with a true, rising young star in the printing industry.

Allied Printing Services Inc. reveals its newest additions: two Komori 38S web presses! The video features John Sommers (CEO and president); Chris Gouveia (VP of operations); Jon Kaufman (Sr. VP of tech. development); Cathy Dougan (director of administration); Kevin Howard (pressroom manager); and many other Allied employees.

In a PI Xchange Live interview, Bruce Mandell, president of Data-Mail in Hartford, CT, explains why his direct mail printing and lettershop business transitioned to high-speed production inkjet printing, and how this added inkjet capacity fits with his existing web and sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital capabilities. A new Océ ColorStream 3900 inkjet press from Canon Solutions America is enabling Data-Mail to shift to a more efficient, "white paper in" workflow, rather than digitally personalizing preprinted offset shells.

Gary Pawlaczyk is tasked with a dual corporate role within the Cenveo organization, serving as Chief Marketing Officer to lead sales and marketing for Cenveo's print division, as well as Chief Content Officer for Cenveo Publisher Services. A proud RIT grad who remains bullish on the skill sets of young people entering the print profession, Pawlaczyk discusses how Cenveo, and the printing industry in general, can remain relevant as brand communications innovators.

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