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August 2010 Issue

Printing Impressions August 2010 cover
UPFRONT
Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on Berlin Industries, Consolidated Graphics, Japs-Olson and more. ...
It’s Official: Quad Annexes Worldcolor
The Deal of the Decade is complete. Worldcolor received final approval from the Quebec Superior Court for its "plan of arrangement," allowing it to be acquired by Quad/Graphics....
Pitman Co. Acquired by Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Co., a distributor of prepress, industrial inkjet, pressroom and package printing products and systems in the United States....
Cenveo Consolidates, Pursues NEC
Cenveo Inc. has found a new home for two of its Missouri facilities, according to the St. Louis Business Journal . A 220,000-square-foot plant in Eureka, MO, that formerly housed an automotive supplier will replace Cenveo plants in Sunset...
USPS Targets 2011 Rate Increases
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is proposing 5.6 percent rate increases, on average, in order to stave off a projected $7 billion loss for 2011, though the increase would only reduce the loss by $2.5 billion at a time when...
Promoting Print’s Role in Cross-Media
Sappi Fine Paper, in partnership with The Print Council, recently hosted more than 200 media and marketing specialists and publishers at the Art Directors Club for a "Print Delivers" lunch-and-learn event. The sixth such seminar in an ongoing series presented...
Mailing Exposes Personal Data
A health study sent out to more than 2,000 adolescent girls by the University of Florida inadvertently contained their Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers on the address labels....
ACROSS the nation
Commercial Printing News from Printing Impressions ' August 2010 edition, featuring items on Ambassador Packaging and Gillespie Printing....
PA Printer Strikes Up Perfection —Cagle
The new national record for the most consecutive strikes thrown is now held by, you guessed it, a printer. Step aside, Superman, and make way for Tommy Gollick, arguably the most prolific bowler in history....
DIGITAL digest
Konica Minolta launches new business development program and Enfocus rolls out tools to creatives produce print-ready PDF files....
InfoTrends Forecast : Inkjet Targets Commercial
As the new decade begins, InfoTrends focuses on the  status and prospect of color inkjet technology in the commercial printing industry. The current systems are successful in forms printing, book printing, direct mail, transactional and TransPromo applications....
BINDERY matters
Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions ' August 2010 edition, featuring items on GMS Industries, Johnson Printing Service, Bridgeport National Bindery, Shweiki Media and Sheridan Books....
GREEN scene
Sustainability and green printing news from Printing Impressions ' August 2010 edition, featuring Berman Printing's Sustainability Expo. ...
The Countdown to Blastoff —Farquharson/Tedesco
IT'S AUGUST. You are likely chillin' in the company hammock, sipping lemonade and perusing PI 's newest column while asking yourself, "Farquharson and Tedesco. Who are they?" Meanwhile, an important event is looming, one that would knock you off...
Sibling Revelry - Not Rivalry —Dana
A funny thing happened over the past year or so: Corporate and agency print buyers and printers grew more and more like each other. Sure, there's still tension between those who manufacture and sell print, and those who buy it....
It’s Time to Get Fired Up —DeWese
The major networks, the cable people and the Internet people are conspiring to obliterate print. Otherwise, why are we down from 53,000 printing companies in 1987 to about 25,000 today? ...
PRINTER news
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions ' August 2010 edition....
SUPPLIER news
Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions ' August 2010 edition....
Prisma Graphic : All the Right Moves
Prisma Graphic has transformed itself from a boutique print shop into a full-service marketing supply chain provider with a strong online presence. Ever since, the company has experienced 10 to 15 percent annual growth....
GRAPH EXPO Product Preview
Here's an exclusive, pre-show preview showcasing new products and services submitted by several exhibitors that will be displaying their wares at GRAPH EXPO 2010 in Chicago from Oct. 3-6....
Consolidated Graphics : The Dukes of Digital
Printing is still part of the solution at Consolidated Graphics (CGX), the $1.2 billion commercial kingpin based in Houston. But people are an even bigger part. Joe Davis, president and CEO of the 10th largest printing enterprise in North America,...
Mailing Matters : What Move Update Means
The final phase of the Move Update rollout was completed in January, and the USPS is now assessing penalties on all mail that does not comply with the Move Update standards....
Phoenix Press : Little Wind Goes Long Way
Brothers Brian and Kevin Driscoll, co-owners of New Haven, CT-based Phoenix Press, could not help but be excited about their new 156-foot wind turbine. The brothers never imagined that their family owned commercial printing business would serve as a prime...
Ready for Prime Time? : A Primer on Inkjet Presses
If you believe the hopeful hype of equipment vendors and the prognostications of pundits, you might be inclined to think that high-speed inkjet presses are poised to irrevocably transform the printing industry and hasten most offset and digital presses to...
Lorraine Press : Printing by the Numbers
The combination of the Vs Series inks on uncoated stock—a popular choice today—has resulted in multiple benefits. For one thing, Van Son inks dry very quickly, and that, in turn, means Lorraine Press can finish print projects faster....
GRAPH EXPO 2010 : Something for Everyone
Like the the swallows returning to Capistrano or the L.A. Lakers reaching the NBA finals, Chuck Stempler can be counted on to make his annual pilgrimage. Come fall, the president and CEO of AlphaGraphics Seattle can be found in the...
A High-Speed Inkjet Press (Reality) Check —Michelson
Despite all the buzz about the marketplace upheaval that will eventually ensue as high-volume, continuous-feed, color inkjet presses gain greater traction, don't assume that your existing offset presses and cutsheet digital output devices will become obsolete any time soon. Nor...
Lender Financing : It’s a Balancing Act
Much anecdotal information would seem to point to banks and industry lenders making it much more difficult to obtain financing or a line of credit. Is it the case? Is it tougher to nail down financing now than it was...