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April 2007 Issue

ACROSS the nation
Five-Color Press Expands Business SUN VALLEY, CA—ColorFX Inc., a full-service trade printer, has purchased a five-color, 40˝ Komori Lithrone S40 with coater. The company also recently added an online ordering system to accept work from clients all across the country....
Kirkwood Claims Early Court Nod
WILMINGTON, MA—Middlesex Superior Court has denied Globe Direct’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Kirkwood Direct and some employees formerly employed by Globe Direct. Globe Direct had sought to enjoin former employees from calling on clients while representing Kirkwood Direct....
One Dead, Three Injured in Shooting
SIGNAL HILL, CA—Angered at a reduction in work hours, an employee of Kenyon Press shot three co-workers on March 5 before taking his own life. The man, reported to be 68-year-old Jose Mendez, used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot three...
Conferences Measure Industry’s Pulse
CHANDLER, AZ—The highest attendee turnout of the decade marked the PIA/GATF Presidents Conference at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass & Resort here March 4-8. More than 300 people attended the five-day affair, which featured the theme, “Printing Industry at the...
Mailing Rates for Flats Reconsidered
WASHINGTON, DC—Even with postal reform on the horizon, the mailing community is still battling to maintain viable rates. Unfortunately for them, postal reform is still a year away and increase requests by the USPS still threaten to further choke off...
Quinlan Takes Helm at RR Donnelley
CHICAGO—The Mark Angelson era has come to an end at North America’s largest printer. With Angelson’s announced retirement, Thomas J. Quinlan III has been elected president, CEO and board member of RR Donnelley. The company also announced that John Paloian,...
PRINTER news
Label Art has enhanced its online ordering capabilities (www.labelart.com). Customers can use this new service to place catalog orders, upload artwork, view proofs and track the status of their orders 24/7, with an automatic notification of shipment when the order...
SUPPLIER news
Cal Poly Dedicates New Sheetfed Press SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department received the donation of a new Heidelberg four-color Speedmaster CD 74 press to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its establishment. The perfecting press with anilox coater...
Stars Come Out For Derek Jeter —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES PEOPLE WHO work in prepress and creative have entirely too much time on their hands. At least that’s the case for the creative department at Topps, the sports card specialist, in its handling of the 2007 baseball...
BINDERY matters
IADD/FSEA Odyssey Slated for May MILWAUKEE—Postpress will be the name of the game during the 2007 IADD/FSEA Odyssey, to be held here May 2-4 at the Midwest Airlines Center. Sponsored by the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) and...
What’s New, What Sticks —Sherburne
I JUST finished reading a terrific book, “What Sticks: Why Most Advertising Fails and How to Guarantee Yours Succeeds,” by Rex Briggs and Greg Stuart. The authors did in-depth research with 30 Fortune 200 companies, measuring more than $1 billion...
New Rules of Engagement —Morgan
FOR DECADES, the printing industry’s “Terms and Conditions for Sale” was a keystone in helping printing companies and their customers work together. Created by the major printer associations, the “Terms and Conditions for Sale” document sought to establish acceptable standards...
UPFRONT
Newspaper Expands Capacity CHEYENNE, WY—The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle shelled out $14 million for the expansion of the company’s headquarters and production center here. The improvements are scheduled around the installation of a MAN Roland Uniset 75 web press, which is slated...
Process Integration — Executing the Triple Play
THERE HAS been a tradition in the printing industry of categorizing work based on the process used to produce it—i.e., sheetfed vs. web offset, and now digital printing. Run length, of course, is the most important distinguishing factor, but process-based...
Postal Rate Increase Packs Powerful Punch —Michelson
ALTHOUGH CONGRESS blew a kiss at the printing and mailing communities by passing long-overdue postal reform legislation in the waning hours before both chambers ajourned on December 9, the latest postal rate case has various industry factions worried that the...
DIGITAL digest
Open House Event Touts By-the-Book Production HAUPPAUGE, NY—Muller Martini and Nipson recently teamed up to host an open house at Muller Martini’s headquarters on Long Island. The theme for the day was short-run book production using the latest on-demand digital...
Motivating Graphics — Making the Right Calls
PRINTERS WHO hitch their star to a particular vertical market put themselves in a vulnerable position, given that market may experience wholesale changes and leave them holding an antiquated bag. By all rights, Motivating Graphics’ obituary should have been written...
Wilen Group — Adapting To the Times
IN THE world of business, sometimes recognizing an unprofitable trend is as important, or perhaps more so, as spotting a lucrative one. Take the Wilen Group, a family owned and operated company based on Long Island, NY. Founded in 1972...
First Data — Making a Statement
AT FIRST DATA, there is no question the future of customer messaging is viable and vibrant. The giant firm ($6.5 billion in sales in 2005) recently completed the spin-off of its profitable, but non-core, money transfer unit, which is enabling...
Special Report — Reinventing the Web Offset Assn. Conference
THE CLIMATE of the printing industry changes with print media competition growing, weekly news reports of consolidations, and daily challenges from a myriad of resources and technology innovations. Companies make over their names, add processes, rework their customer bases, add...
What’s Fueling M&A Fever?
OUR INDUSTRY is experiencing some of the most exciting and significant changes it’s seen in decades. We’ve witnessed RR Donnelley’s brigade of acquisitions. We’ve observed Consolidated Graphics’ steady stream of buyouts and all-time-high stock prices. We’ve watched Cenveo’s hostile takeover...
Bartash Printing — From the Ground Up
FROM NEWSPAPER publisher to newspaper printer, Bartash Printing has been around the block. And, considering its location—Philadelphia—that block is pretty historic. Philadelphia is the home of America’s first and foremost printer: Ben Franklin. And, like Franklin, who started out with...
Nonheatset Printers — Cold Webs Commercial
FOR SOME, it’s a matter of survival and, fortunately, given the state of the newspaper industry, for others, it’s a matter of growth. In either case, newspaper/publication printers running coldset web offset presses are expanding their product ranges or delivering...
Public vs. Private — Wall Street Sways Fortunes
THE BIGGEST difference between doing business as a publicly traded company, as opposed to one that is privately held, can be found in the boardroom, notes Joe Baksha, president and CEO of Outlook Group. In both cases, the meetings are...
GCC/Teamsters — New Look, Old Challenges
IT’S SAFE to say that George Tedeschi won’t be winning any popularity contests within the commercial printing industry. Among the rank and file of unionized companies, Tedeschi is the prince of printing. In management circles, “prince” is substituted for less...
Offset Technology: Never Say Die
WHAT CAN be said about the future of offset technologies? Well, plenty, and while news and views are mixed, there are many reasons to be optimistic. On the eve of the Web Offset Association’s “Offset and Beyond” 2007 55th Annual...
House of Representatives Passes ‘Free Choice Act’
The so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” passed in the House of Representatives via a 241-185 vote. Three Republican-offered amendments were considered on the floor, but all three failed. As mentioned last month, the legislation would take away workers’ rights to...
PERSONAL bests
Open the Mail and Say Ahh There can be such a thing as getting too personal. Tailoring the content of a printed piece to the individual recipient has been seen as a positive, but the risk of a backlash grows...
The Butterfly Effect
AS GRAPHIC communications professionals, we must work within a global supply chain. In today’s industry, is that a problem? Not all the time. But, even under the best conditions, there can be slight alterations in the chain, particularly with regard...
Extraordinary Vision
EVERY SUCCESSFUL company can trace its roots to a visionary leader, an individual who embodies a strong work ethic, respect for others and keen decision-making abilities. Rémi Marcoux has surely portrayed those qualities over his lengthy career and, in recognition...
A Cut Above
Once a year, one outstanding pressman is selected for the H. Howard Flint II Pressroom Manager of the Year Award. This year, the award went to Steve Richardson, pressroom manager at Courier Kendallville, in Indiana. The award, named after Flint...
GOA Shines In Florida
MIAMI BEACH, FL—Escape from inclement weather in many parts of the country wasn’t the only thing drawing people to trendy South Beach. The 32nd annual Graphics of the Americas-Xplor (GOA) exhibition, held here March 2-4, also contributed to unoccupied hotel...