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January 2009 Issue

Printing Impressions January 2009
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions' Upfront Commercial Printer News for January 2009...
Donnelley Consolidates; Buys Grafikom Assets
RR Donnelley is consolidating the assets of its Minnesota plants in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen under one roof in order to reduce cycle times and minimize handoffs between facilities. The workflow will be re-engineered in a newly configured footprint at...
Tough Times for Oregon Printers
Leading Media Print Group, created by the 2006 merger of Times Litho and Northwest Web, has gone under. The Times Litho plant, in Forest Grove, OR, dismissed 70 employees in November, according to the Portland Tribune ....
Harland Clarke Shutters Facilities
Check printer Harland Clarke is closing a pair of plants: one in Charlotte, NC, and one in Mounds View, MN, leaving 225 total people out of work, the Charlotte and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journals reported. The Charlotte facility, which employed...
Quebecor World Wins Court Battle
Quebecor Inc. was unsuccessful in its recent bid with the Quebec Superior Court to stop its former printing subsidiary, Quebecor World, from purchasing a press to produce advertising inserts, according to Canadian Press (CP). A U.S. bankruptcy court also gave...
DuBose Steps Down from Vertis Lead
Mike DuBose’s two-year stint as CEO of Vertis Communications came to an end with his January 1 resignation. The company has named Stephen Dyott as vice chairman and Alex Sorokin as interim president. DuBose presided over the acquisition of American...
Monarch Litho Tops GPO Printer List
A few years ago, actor Mel Gibson had the lead role in a Hollywood film called “What Women Want.” Perhaps Monarch Litho, of Montebello, CA, can produce a documentary highlighting their capabilities and call it “What GPO Customers Want.”...
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printer News for January 2009...
For Once, the Customer's Wrong --Cagle
WELCOME TO 2009! I hope your year has gotten off to a tremendous start. Time to shake off the 2008 blues and get going on a positive note. But first, a negative note from the twisted vault that is my...
PrintEd Provides Hope For Jailhouse Printers --Michelson
JOHN PHILLIPS may never enjoy freedom again. As an inmate at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility in Moundsville, WV, the 41-year-old is serving a long sentence that may very well keep him behind bars for the rest of...
Irwin Hodson Press -- No Average Joe
COMMODITY PRINTERS have their place in the industry. Being the absolute low-cost commercial printing provider may not be the noblest venture—nor does it yield the most competitive margins—but it pays the bills for those who are willing to brave swimming...
2009 Hot Markets -- Thawing In a Frigid Economy
EVEN AS THE overall economy plummets to well below zero in real GDP, the New Year has some “highs” in the forecast. There are some very warm and, yes, hot spots for print, but marketers must rise above the clouds...
Enduring The Economy -- Staying Afloat
TWO PREDICTIONS for the 2009 calendar year: Barack Obama will be sworn in this month as the 44th president of the United States, and printers will endure an even tougher year than they did in 2008. Sorry...with the economy being...
M&A Strategies -- Ultimate Survivor's Guide
RECENT ECONOMIC events have left many of us feeling more like we’re auditioning for some “extreme challenge” reality series than running a business. Yet, the clamoring waves and munition shortage are not creating castaways of everyone. Many print companies thrive—in...
Printing Process Inputs -- Consumables: A Mixed Bag
IT’S STRIKING what a difference a year has made in the outlook for paper and ink. Both are being buffeted by economic and market forces. Paper companies started 2008 by continuing their string of price increases, but ended the year...
GREEN scene
Printing Impressions' Sustainability in the Commercial Printing Industry News for January 2009Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printer News...
Hey Bud, This One's for You --DeWese
THIS COLUMN is a true story. This true story is one of guts, innovation, hard work and, hopefully, success. Not my guts. Not my innovation. I will be talking about Bud’s success. The owner of a $3 million printing company...
Marketing Is Sales Support --Sherburne
I  HAVE written a great deal about marketing strategies in this space, including everything from marketing basics to self-promotion and integrated communications strategies. One area of marketing that is often overlooked is the role of providing support to the sales...
Happy, Profitable New Year --Morgan
ONCE FORCES to be reckoned with, countless printing companies have gone out of business by under-pricing unprofitable work. In these harsh economic times, it is more tempting than ever for print suppliers to drop prices and lowball the cost of...
What Print Buyers Want -- Honesty and Expertise
SOMETIMES THE littlest things can mean a lot. Like carefully reading the job order and getting the specs right the first time around. Or, finding innovative ways to turn a problem into an opportunity. Or, providing an honest professional opinion...
BINDERY matters
Printing Impressions' Bindery News for January 2009...
SUPPLIER news
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PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for January 2009...