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December 2011 Issue

Printing Impressions December 2011 cover
Book Printing Outlook : Riding the Higher Ed Wave
Judging the health of the book publishing industry is a lot like viewing a national weather map. The happy sun icon is shown here and there, but some angry clouds are clustered in certain areas. And in an era where...
Direct Mail Outlook : Mail Matters for Marketers
As the postal drama continues to unfold, printers and mailers are mindful of their obligation to continue providing customers with maximized printing and postage savings. That won’t change, regardless of what the USPS looks like in five or 10 years....
ACROSS the Nation
Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions ’ December 2011 edition, featuring items on McCoy Printing and Veritas Document Solutions....
BINDERY matters
Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions ’ December 2011 edition, featuring items on J.C. Weir Inc., Miniature Folding, Modern Litho-Print and Spiel Associates....
Commercial Printing Outlook : New Year, Similar Outlook
Looking ahead to 2012, it seems as if the commercial printing industry, the country as a whole and even the global economy have been cast in a sequel to the Bill Murray movie that nobody wanted to see made—...
Truths from the Trenches –Dana
What if you could ask a room full of print buyer what they expect from commercial printers today? What qualities are they looking for? What would make them choose Printer A over Printer B?...
Obama Camp Taking Printer to Tool Shed –Cagle
It was Obama’s re-election campaign that decided to sue a printer (Washington Promotions & Printing) back in October. The campaign alleges trademark infringement and unfair competition violations via the sale of items featuring the “Rising Sun” logo used in Obama’s...
Ban: Celebs, GOP Hopefuls –DeWese
This is a 2012 planning exercise. First, estimate the number of new account prospecting calls you made on a daily basis this year. This is background for your estimate of the number of calls that you expect to make...
A Year of Embezzlers, Closures, USPS Woes –Michelson
Santa won’t be scaling any prison fences this holiday season in an attempt to deliver presents to former printing industry employees now serving sentences for bilking hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars from their former employers....
Playground Rules Still Apply –Farquharson/Tedesco
Succeeding in the business world isn't so different from school. The firms with the biggest printing presses, fastest turnaround times and drop-your-drawers prices do not command the largest profit margins or strongest customer relationships....
Fast-Track Firms : Creativity Goes a Long Way
These three printers—Foxfire Printing and Packaging, Walsworth Publishing, and Direct Impressions—offer hope in an industry that has seen its share of adversity in recent years. Perhaps they may offer an idea or two that is applicable to your own business....
PRINTER news
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ December 2011 edition, including coverage of Allegra Network’s annual convention and the Print in the Mix research report on “Executing Multichannel Relational Communications.”...
SUPPLIER news
Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions ’ December 2011 edition....
UPFRONT
Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on RR Donnelley, Sandy Alexander, Quad/Graphics, Yurchak Printing, Brown Printing, Modernistic, Transcontinental, WildfireXM, West Linn Paper, Mohawk Fine Papers and Presstek....
Year In Review : 2011 - Year of the Felony
While 2010 was resplendent with major printing company acquisitions, its successor came and went with little fanfare. Asset sales and closures took center stage in 2011, and crime continued to play a leading role from a news standpoint....
Bomb Scare Hits Vistaprint Facility
A letter suggesting that a bomb was hidden somewhere in a Vistaprint facility here turned out to be unfounded, but not before 300 employees were evacuated and police were brought in to investigate, the Windsor Star reported....
IBS Obtains Mars Graphic Services
IBS Direct, based here, has completed a deal to acquire Mars Graphic Services of Westville, NJ. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. IBS Direct (ranked number 289, with $14.7 million in sales, on the 2010 Printing Impressions 400) offers...
manroland AG Files for Insolvency
After negotiations with a potential investor failed to reach fruition, web and sheetfed offset press manufacturer manroland AG has filed for bankruptcy protection. Its insolvency proceedings here represents Germany's largest corporate filing in two years....
Is Obama no Friend to Printing?
President Obama has signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to, among other things, stop printing documents that can be posted online; and end the practice of buying swag—plaques, clothing and other “unnecessary” promotional items. The order reportedly will...
Canada Pursues Alleged Schemer
Tzvi Erez has been charged with 10 counts of fraud in the multimillion-dollar scheme that took place between 2005 and 2009. According to investigators, the victims were told that they were investing in printing contracts with major corporations including Subway,...
Quartier Printing Adds Cayuga Press Operation
Quartier Printing, based here, has completed a deal to acquire Cayuga Press of Cortland, NY. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The NAPL mergers and acquisitions team provided guidance to Quartier Printing....
Catalog and Publication Outlook : Multiple Platform Providers
There was some good news for magazine publishers this year, as advertising sales levels began to rebound. Looking at the catalog segment, there is no evidence of the printed catalog disappearing any time soon. A key focus for publishers and...
The 2011 Printing Impressions 400
Now in its 28th year, the Printing Impressions 400 provides the industry’s most comprehensive ranking of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada. The listings include company name and headquarters location; parent company, if applicable; current and...