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December 2006 Issue

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Hi-Liter Adds New Hardware
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI—It’s been an active fall capex season for the Hi-Liter Graphics/Inland Graphics franchise, and 2007 is already shaping up to be pretty active. A 10-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 sheetfed press with perfector came online at Inland Graphics in...
UPFRONT
Transcontinental Nabs Pact MONTREAL—Transcontinental signed an exclusive 15-year contract with Hearst Corp. to print the San Francisco Chronicle, related products, and to provide postpress services. The deal is worth in excess of $1 billion. Transcontinental will start production in the...
Banta Looks Toward Future
MENASHA, WI—Among the terms RR Donnelley conceded in its agreement to acquire Banta Corp. were the promise to donate $1.5 million to local charities, along with giving employees of each entity equal consideration when pondering staff reductions, the Milwaukee Journal...
Allied Sparks EarthColor Buyout
NEW YORK—A $210 million commitment by Allied Capital of Washington, DC, has fueled the senior management-led buyout of EarthColor, a leading commercial printer serving clients in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and financial services industries. The management team made a significant equity...
BINDERY matters
Big Texas Bindery Adds Capabilities HOUSTON—Seidl’s Bindery, Texas’ largest full-service print finishing operation with 130 employees, recently installed a Muller Martini Bolero perfect binder. “We have doubled our capacity and can now also offer more options to customers,” says Bill...
CATALOG & MAGAZINE PRINTING OUTLOOK — TURNING THE PAGE
FACING INCREASED competition from electronic alternatives and another possible jump in postal rates, players in the catalog and publication markets may have to fight for a successful future. Industry consolidation should also make tracking these segments interesting for industry watchdogs....
Websites Build Your Brand —Morgan
HEADING UP the largest network of print buyers in the country, I’ve had the unique experience of talking to hundreds of major print buyers about how they source prospective print suppliers. Universally, when print buyers explore a prospective supplier, the...
PRINTER news
German-Themed Event Successful TROY, MI—More than 800 clients, vendors and friends of Tepel Brothers Printing sampled bratwurst and strudel, and enjoyed authentic entertainment by the Frankenmuth Schuhplattlers at the company’s fourth Oktoberfest celebration. Tepel Brothers Printing President Jim Tepel, left,...
FAST-TRACK FIRMS —PADDING THE COFFERS
THE ANNUAL Printing Impressions 400 list can be used as a gauge of the health of the printing industry. Of the 400 companies on the 2006 edition, 287 have seen an increase in sales for the past fiscal year. Additionally,...
DIRECT MAIL OUTLOOK — POSTAL REFORM IN PERIL
WHEN YOU think about it, the direct mail industry boasts some of the most formidable enemies and loyal friends today—just another way of saying there are “challenges and opportunities.” But it’s not tired, cliched rhetoric. It seems that the tougher...
Be Careful What You Wish for. . . —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES EVEN THE greatest, most legendary sports coaches have suffered a loss in the big game. Bob Burton endured one on Halloween day, when his $50 a share offer was trumped by RR Donnelley (RRD), which cruised past...
CGX Swings Major Deal for Hennegan
HOUSTON—After briefly flirting with the idea of selling the company, Consolidated Graphics (CGX) decided that staying the course would be the most appropriate course of action. CGX has once again proven it is willing to resume business as usual by...
Quebecor World Restructures Catalog Platform
MONTREAL—In an effort to get customers more bang for their buck, Quebecor World is restructuring its U.S. catalog platform, a plan that includes investments in new press and bindery technology. The restructuring will also result in the closing of two...
IWCO Direct Rescues NC Plant
CHANHASSEN, MN—IWCO Direct knows how to both multi-task and play the role of printing industry savior. The direct marketing solutions provider enhanced its capacity, expanded its geographic footprint and rescued nearly 450 jobs with the acquisition of Cox Target Media’s...
Hiring Practices — Finding the Right Fit
CHOOSING THE right employees is a key decision for printing companies. Facing short deadlines and tight margins, the addition of a below-par performer can prove costly for a graphic arts provider. “There is a lot of data which says that...
SUPPLIER news
American Firms Win High Honors BUDAPEST, HUNGARY—Winners of the Sappi International Printers of the Year awards for 2006 were announced at a gala event held here at the Museum of Applied Arts. The nine winners were chosen from 33 finalists...
Lessons in Public Relations —Sherburne
ONE OF the most neglected, yet cost-effective, ways to market yourself is public relations. According to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) definition of public relations, “Public relations helps an organization and its publics adapt mutually to each other.”...
YEAR IN REVIEW — 2006: BANTA ON THE LOOSE
THE 2006 printing industry campaign provided more than enough ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ to keep followers on the edge of their seats, including a summer blockbuster takeover attempt of Banta Corp. by Bob Burton and Cenveo Inc. And the subject of...
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION — ROLLING IN DOUGH
EVER WONDER about the heft of the paychecks top executives in the printing industry haul in? This is your chance to see what the top money earners are taking to the bank. Printing Impressions’ 17th annual executive compensation report highlights...
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES — CAN A LAME DUCK FLY?
JUST WHEN it appeared passage of the 1,000-pound gorilla known as postal reform appeared a fait accompli for Congress, in steps the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) throwing a curve ball that would make Roger Clemens blush. As the...
BOOK PRINTING OUTLOOK — BEST-SELLERS FLOAT ALL BOATS
IN GENERAL, when a best-seller hits the market, it directly or indirectly benefits the entire book manufacturing industry. The long runs clog up capacity for those fortunate enough to garner the job, and creates overflow that needs to be spread...
DIGITAL Digest
CIP4 Group Announces New Slate Of Officers DARMSTADT, GERMANY—CIP4, the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress, recently elected advisory board members for 2006. The board includes representatives from each of three classes of...
2006: Year That Was Stranger Than Fiction —Michelson
AS WE finish compiling the annual Printing Impressions 400 ranking—now in its 23rd year—it’s a good time to reflect on major events that helped shape our industry during the past 12 months. A fiction writer would have been hard-pressed to...
COMMERCIAL PRINTING OUTLOOK — PRINTING WORK TO RUN SHORT
THERE’LL BE a slight hissing noise behind the strains of Auld Lang Syne at New Year’s Eve celebrations this year. It’s the sound of some steam going out of the economy. The slowdown in GDP growth isn’t expected to turn...
ACROSS the nation
Digital Press Strengthens Partnership CEDAR FALLS, IA—The joint purchase of a Kodak NexPress 2100 plus digital color press and Kodak NexGlosser unit has enabled Woolverton Printing and American Color Imaging to reach new customers in the photo services market. Since...