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February 2008 Issue

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American Printing of Rhode Island — Putting Clients First
LIKE MOST privately held firms, American Printing of Rhode Island (APRI) does not disclose financial results to outsiders. But a half-day visit to the 35-year-old firm, which is located in suburban Providence and employs 55 workers over two shifts, clearly...
Independence Press — Dedicated to Growth
IN THE ever-growing world of printing, industrial parks have become the ideal location for a company looking to grow its business—offering the conveniences of space, easy access to major highways, postal distribution centers and carefully manicured landscapes. In contrast, trying...
Centennial Celebrations — Changing with the Times
A LITTLE later this year, Printing Impressions will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Fifty years is a very long time in the publishing business. When you consider the challenges facing printed communications and hard copy magazines, we all deserve a round...
GREEN scene
INDUSTRY NEWS Uniting to Fight Global Climate Change NEW YORK—Representatives from Time Inc., Pictorial Offset and Eastman Kodak joined forces to speak “green” during a recent seminar sponsored by the Advertising Production Club (APC) of New York and Partnership in...
BINDERY matters
Blue Ocean Press Cuts to the Chase FT. LAUDERDALE, FL—At Blue Ocean Press, Company President Tom Mounce is measuring the return on his investment in a fully automated, programmable Polar 115 XT cutter with Autotrim, Transomat offloader and Dorner conveyor....
DIGITAL digest
JDF User Group Formed, Awards Program Expanded PITTSBURGH—To facilitate implementation of the Job Definition Format (JDF) in automated workflows, a new JDF User Group is being formed by Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) and the International Cooperation...
Protecting Freedom Of Press, Printing —Cagle
AT PRESS time, the nation was gripped with caucus fever. It was still anyone’s game for both parties, with Barack Obama getting traction early for the Dems, and John McCain and Mitt Romney jockeying for position for the Republicans. Each...
The Garvey Group — All Under Four Roofs
MANY SUCCESSFUL companies will point to a new piece of equipment or the introduction of a service offering as being the catalyst behind their success. Seldom do you hear about the benefits of dropping an offering, but there are certainly...
Data Management — Niches and Nightmares
RIDICULOUS AS it may seem, database management has been making national news in 2008. Unfortunately, and more precisely, data mismanagement has grabbed some headlines. For the second time in a little more than a year, the good citizens of Wisconsin...
Election Year May Slow Pace
The 110th Congress is in its second session. Congressional leaders anticipate passing many pieces of legislation during this session. However, presidential election years do not typically see the passage of as many major bills as non-election years due to the...
Print Will Stay Afloat During Turbulent Storm —Michelson
A STOCK market stuck on a wild roller-coaster ride. Wall Street heavyweights announcing billion-dollar writedowns due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis and weak credit markets. Consumers reeling from plummeting housing valuations, overextended credit card debt and budget-busting gas prices. With...
Cross-Media Services — Shops Sending Mixed Messages
WHAT DOES it take to be a cross-media company? Is it simply offering personalized URLs (pURLs) and e-mail messaging as an extension of variable data printing? By that definition, most digital printing operations would now qualify since those capabilities are...
Gaining Sales Advantages —Morgan
IN TODAY’S market, there is an overwhelming selection of print suppliers from which to choose. As more and more new technologies become available and the printing industry diversifies, traditional sales methods are becoming less effective—and less efficient—with the new breed...
Signature Card — What’s in Your Wallet?
IS YOUR wallet packed with “Preferred Customer” cards from rental car agencies, airlines and hotels? Is your keychain filled with supermarket, retail and food discount key fobs? Does your child have a stack of gift cards that he/she received as...
SUPPLIER news
Kevin Joyce—Eastman Kodak’s managing director of the Graphic Communications Group (GCG) for the United States and Canada (US&C)—has been named a company vice president and chief marketing officer of the GCG. David Wigfield, who was the managing director of GCG’s...
PRINTER news
Holiday Fundraiser Deemed a Success RANDOM LAKE, WI—The Times Wellness Committee at Times Printing organized a poinsettia sale and used all of the proceeds to purchase holiday presents for families/children within the community that use the local food pantry as...
ACROSS the nation
Shop’s 29˝ Sheetfed PressesOutmaneuver 40˝ Competitors WINTER PARK, FL—Edward Sengel, president of Superior Printers, was so impressed with his first Roland 500 press that he installed a second one. Both systems are configured with six printing units, in-line coating and...
Phoenix Marketing Services —Multi-Solutions Evolution
SINCE ITS inception in 1976, when owners Cindy and Dave Casey established Phoenix Marketing Services, the business forms manufacturer has been continuously evolving. Today, it is a completely different business operation. The two-site enterprise—with facilities in Claremont, CA, and Rosarito,...
Event Walks the Talk —Sherburne
THOSE OF you in Southern California may be familiar with PrintFest 2008, which will be held at the Anaheim (CA) Conference Center March 27-29. The predecessor of this show was the Gutenberg Festival that was founded in 1973 and sold...
Web-to-Print — The W2P Controversy
IN THIS political season, it’s all about watching the front-runners. Front-runners have the buzz. They get the attention. They have the sense of inevitability. In the world of commercial printing applications, it could be argued that the role of front-runner...
Quebecor World Seeks Protection
MONTREAL—Quebecor World, at one time the crown jewel in the Quebecor Inc. empire, filed for creditor protection in the United States and Canada, while simultaneously securing $1 billion in new financing that will allow it to meet all current operating...
Mailer Exposes Private Information
MADISON, WI—For the second time in a little more than a year, the social security numbers of Wisconsin residents have been exposed in a government mailing. The state Department of Health and Family Services sent 260,000 brochures to Medicaid, SeniorCare...
Insider Trading Leader Is Sentenced
NEW YORK—The ex-Goldman Sachs investment banking associate who was the brains behind the $6.7 million insider trading ring that involved employees from Quad/Graphics was sentenced to 57 months in prison. Eugene Plotkin was one of two men who traded on...
Vertis Study: Ad Insert Influence Grows
BALTIMORE—TV advertising is no longer the leading influencer of purchasing decisions for men 18 and older, as advertising inserts have become the leading medium among not only men but all adults, according to the “Vertis Customer Focus: Decade of Data”...
UPFRONT
Cenveo Acquires Rex Corp. STAMFORD, CT—Packaging solutions provider Rex Corp. is joining the Cenveo Inc. fold in an all-cash transaction. The amount of the deal, expected to close in the first quarter, was not disclosed. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Rex...
Printer Accused of Financial Misdeeds
SEGUIN, TX—The former leader of two media-based companies, one of them a printing plant, has been charged with first- and third-degree felonies, including misusing employee 401(k) plans and providing false information to a bank, the Austin Business Journal reported. James...
NewPage-Stora Integration Costs Jobs, ForcesPlant Closures
MIAMISBURG, OH—The integration of NewPage and the former Stora Enso North America’s facilities and services is going to be painful from an employment standpoint, but is projected to aid in the company’s quest to achieve $265 million in synergies. The...