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August 2011 Issue

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Sales Relationships : Don’t Cut Out Print Buyers
Is it wise or profitable to seek out requisitioners or corporate-level types, as opposed to print buyers, in search of work? As printers take on more of the services that have traditionally been identified with advertising agencies, can...
Think Patented : Leading a Revolution
The revolution in the printing industry is one of survival, of technology and redefining and reinvention. Think Patented boasts of offering digital static and variable data printing, mailing, fulfillment, promotional products and other Web-based solutions to go with its sheetfed...
ACROSS the nation
Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition, featuring items on The Foresight Group and Mercury Print Productions....
Ambrose Printing : Meaningful Enough to Print
Religious publishing and related items—church bulletins, catalogs and kitting—represent a lion's share of the work produced at Ambrose Printing. For the past 30-plus years, the company has enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship with one of the country's largest religious...
Print Worker Risks Life, Saves Trucker –Cagle
Michael Widmark, a third-shift worker at Taylor, MI-based Printwell Inc., had his commute home early one morning end up meaning the difference between life and death for a Canadian neighbor. Widmark's journey home on June 8 was interrupted by the...
BINDERY matters
Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition, featuring items on Springboard Development, Grand River Printing & Imaging and Vestcom....
CGX emerge Conference : New Standard for Events
Consolidated Graphics continues to conduct its can-you-top-this educational and fraternal emerge event, the most recent of which was held May 17-20 in Dallas. This year's extravaganza boasted nearly 1,000 attendees—CGX finally had to cap its guest list, notes Aaron Grohs,...
How Buyers View MSPs –Dana
Some printers started offering one or two campaign-type services (like variable data printing or Web-to-print) and called themselves Marketing Services Providers (MSPs). It's this shallow, in-name-only rebranding that I object to, not the fact that printers must...
Advice Worthy of T-Shirts –DeWese
Eighty percent of success is showing up. So said Woody Allen. Damn, I wish I had said that. I think I'll embellish it, and then it will be mine and I can make up some t-shirts. My version would be,...
Poignant Memories of ‘The 9/11 Trade Show’ –Michelson
Like many in our industry, I was in Chicago at the PRINT 01 trade show. Slated to fly home to Philadelphia later that day, I never made it to O'Hare Airport before all planes were grounded, and ended up in...
Hudson Printing : Filling the Mid-Range Void
About two years ago, Hudson moved from a conventional, film-based platemaking process to a computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow and, in early 2010, was looking for a means to more efficiently address requests for print runs in the 5,000 to 25,000 sheet...
Global Printing : Creating the Right Mix
Solving problems beyond print has been a way of business for Alexandria, VA-based Global Printing since the day Jerry Dreo, founder and former president, started the company in 1979. Global Thinking is its creative/marketing services and software development business unit...
Show Preview : GRAPH EXPO’s Growing Role
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CGX Obtains Windy City’s RT Associates
Consolidated Graphics (CGX) has signed a letter of intent to acquire Chicago-based RT Associates. RT Associates offers a full suite of marketing campaign management tools, as well as digital and offset printing (including large-format), and fulfillment services....
Longtime Philly Print Shops Merge
Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co. (SED), which was established in 1880, and Graphic Arts Inc., which dates back to 1928, have merged. Each company will continue to do business under its present name. However, operations will be combined into the 120,000-square-foot SED facility....
Padgett Printing Is Closing
Padgett Printing, a commercial printing, packaging and direct mail specialist with business roots that trace back more than 100 years, is winding down toward a closure, President and CEO David Torok has confirmed. At press time, no date had been...
Toppan America, Peeq Media Unite
Peeq Media and Toppan America, the U.S. subsidiary of Toppan Printing, have agreed to combine their respective commercial printing businesses serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The newly formed company will be called Toppax....
Blockbuster Trade for Quad, Transcontinental
Quad/Graphics will acquire Transcontinental's Mexican operations and sell its Canadian operations to Transcontinental, with the exception of Quad/Graphics' Vancouver, British Columbia, facility....
UPFRONT
Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on InnerWorkings, BurdgeCooper, Fry Communications, Pointsmith, American Press, RR Donnelley, Solisco Printers, The Kennickell Group and a Sir Speedy....
Valpak Launches QR Code Campaign
Over the course of two months, Valpak is mailing to more than 80 million households with QR codes on the outside of the envelope and on individual inserts. This is the first national QR campaign for Valpak....
PRINTER news
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition....
SUPPLIER news
Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition...
Camp CMS Boosts Websites –Farquharson/Tedesco
Relatively new content management system (CMS) tools, such as Wordpress and Drupal, greatly reduce the technical know-how needed by printers to maintain a fresh-looking Website. Once your site has been designed and launched by a professional Web developer, CMS tools...