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January 2008 Issue

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Phillips Printing — Passionate by Accident
ABSOLUTELY NOT! That was Jody Phillips’ response when his parents asked him to help at their newly opened print shop. Phillips, a college student at the time, was not going to be drawn into the family business. He had big...
Cost-Saving Measures — Save a Buck, Save a Job
UNLESS YOU are willing to pay three easy installments of $99.95 to receive “Shortcuts to Easy Street,” a six-hour seminar with 100 hot tips on how to trim 30 percent from your cost structure, no one is likely to deliver...
Environmental Sustainability — The Greening of Print
PRINTING USED to be synonymous with pollution. But, not anymore. One thing that’s constant in this world is change. And 2007 was a milestone year for earth-friendly initiatives in the commercial printing industry. Last year, lots of printers of all...
ACROSS the Nation
Celebrating the New, But Treasuring the Old LOUISVILLE, KY—With the installation of its newest press, an eight-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105, and the historical display of its oldest, a 100-year-old Heidelberg letterpress, V.G. Reed and Sons has spanned a century...
SUPPLIER news
Penn Graphics’ Owners Donate Pennsylvania Farmland for Preservation HAMBURG, PA—By adding more than 100 acres to the total, the enrollment of Benjamin and Patricia Scheffler’s farm into Berks County’s Agricultural Conservation Easement program enabled it to surpass the 50,000 acres...
GREEN Scene
Eco-Friendly Printers Honored For Their ‘Green’ Printing Initiatives BRANCHBURG, NJ—Agfa Graphics recently selected H&S Graphics of Lodi, NJ, and Accell Graphics of London, Ontario, as the inaugural honorees for its Environmental Recognition Awards program. The award recognizes Agfa customers that...
PRINTER news
Open House Offers Cash Grab CHATSWORTH, CA—Impress Communications recently hosted an open house at its new facility here, which included a drawing to participate in a $50K Cash Grab Money Booth. Winners of the drawing had a chance to “test...
BINDERY matters
Muller Martini Teams with Marines In Annual Toys for Tots Drive LONG ISLAND, NY—For the fourth straight year, Muller Martini of Hauppauge joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to help make the holidays special for disadvantaged local children....
Self-Promo Pumps Profits —Sherburne
SPEAKING WITH print service providers, I always find it interesting to learn how they justify investments, particularly in digital printing technology. In many ways, it can be a chicken-and-egg scenario. While most realize that eventually they must get into digital...
2008 Hot Markets — Charting Your Course
CONTRARY TO “economic consensus” forecasts1 that are merely opinion averages, the United States will outpace 2007 with annual growth exceeding 6.5 percent nominal (3.4 percent real) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through the next two years. Foreign investment, immigration and productivity...
Bradford & Bigelow — Company on a Mission
LIKE TIGER Woods reading the greens on the 18th hole of the U.S. Open, John Galligan is a man who exhibits unflappable focus. Galligan, the president of Newburyport, MA-based Bradford & Bigelow (B&B), knows what it takes to be successful...
Printing Rebirths — Finding True Love Again
INDUSTRY consolidators exist for a number of reasons, the main being an opportunity to make money by acquiring complementary (geographically or synergistically speaking) printing companies from owners who are looking for an exit to either retirement or another business opportunity....
Digital Printing Observations — The Technology Race Is On
THE PRINTING industry is bulging with new and improved process technology, but implementation of what is available proceeds at a faltering snail’s pace. With Drupa 2008—the global printing big box superstore—opening its showroom in late May, the technology bulge is...
Protecting Those Who Promote You —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES A BIG shout goes out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for splashing a nice, big feature on Wisconsin printers on the front page of its Sunday business section on December 2. In a story titled “Just call...
Muller Martini And Goss in Court Cases
HAUPPAUGE, NY—Muller Martini has filed two patent lawsuits against Goss International and Goss International Americas, claiming its saddlestitcher technology has been infringed. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, references an installation of the Goss SP-2500 saddlestitcher at...
Insider Trading Conspirator Cops Plea
NEW YORK—A former Quad/Graphics employee pleaded guilty last month for his part in an insider trading scheme that pulled in more than $6.7 million. Juan Renteria pleaded guilty to conspiracy and insider trading charges at a U.S. District Court hearing...
UPFRONT
HP Makes Deal for NUR PALO ALTO, CA—Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to buy Israel-based NUR Macroprinters, which produces wide-format digital ink-jet printers, for $117.5 million. The deal, pending regulatory approval, will expand HP’s graphic arts portfolio of digital presses and...
AbitibiBowater Initiatives to Help Save $375 Million
MONTREAL—AbitibiBowater plans to permanently close four paper mills and suspend operations at others. These actions will reportedly result in the loss of about 2,600 jobs as the company vies to save $375 million by 2009. The move by the newly...
Monarch Litho Is Back Atop GPO List
CHAMBERSBURG, PA—Monarch Litho reclaimed its spot as the top-earning Government Printing Office (GPO) vendor in 2007 with about $30.5 million in government contracted sales, according to the annual Top 50 GPO Vendors list compiled by e-LYNXX. Montebello, CA-based Monarch had...
DIGITAL digest
Océ Speaks Volumes, Adds Ink-Jet Line BOCA RATON, FL—Gone, its seems, are the days when equipment vendors waited for a major trade show to launch new products. Océ staged its own event just before the holidays to debut two additions...
Leadership, Financing Troubles Quebecor World
MONTREAL—Only days after confirming that the sale of its European assets had failed, Quebecor World announced Wes Lucas stepped aside as president and CEO of the troubled company. Lucas is being replaced by Jacques Mallete, who previously served as executive...
Court Rulings Spur FMLA Update
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will issue a proposed and then final regulation by the end of 2008 addressing key court decisions regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The pivotal decision was a 2002 Supreme...
Technological Developments — More Changes Reshaping the Industry
Print has become a digital-centric process with software, the glue that controls and holds the diverse elements of print production together. As traditional printing processes decline in volume, digitalography is growing with a developing technology race among the diverse strains...
Chronicling the Past, Predicting the Future
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Similar to expectations for the overall economy, sales for Heidelberg in the United States are expected to slow, but still grow, this year. That was the forecast provided by Marcel Kiessling, president and CEO of Heidelberg Americas, during the...
Financial Woes Rock Quebecor’s World —Michelson
IT WASN’T a very joyous holiday season for Quebecor World, North America’s second largest printing conglomerate. CEO Wes Lucas departed—fresh on the heels of his company’s plan to sell its 18 European facilities to The Netherlands-based RSDB Group for $341...