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June 2007 Issue

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ACROSS the nation
Prepress and Press Capabilities Are Enhanced THREE RIVERS, MI—DeGraaf’x Inc. has streamlined its workflow with a new five-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 perfector and Prosetter P 52 platesetter, as well as several elements of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow system, including Signa...
BINDERY matters
New Diecutter a Plus for Northern Ohio CLEVELAND—After spending upward of $10,000 a month to outsource its diecutting work, Northern Ohio Printing decided to pull those jobs back in-house with the acquisition of a KAMA TS 74-60HF diecutter with foil...
Accepting a Mail Dominant World —Cagle
BITS & PIECES RANT WARNING! Keep your hands, face and elbows away from the magazine. Please adhere; neither I nor the powers that be at North American Publishing can be held responsible for those either materially injured or vicariously insulted....
DIGITAL digest
When in Rome. . .Do as the Printers ROME—There’s been a marked increase in the number of vendor-specific industry events—mini trade shows, open houses and road shows—held in recent years. They provide stages (some even international) for new product introductions...
Name Game No Longer Applies to Small Shops —Michelson
What’s the difference between a successful quick printer vs. a small commercial printing establishment? In today’s graphic arts industry paradigm, little to nothing. Both types of businesses may have a storefront or retail location, albeit likely serving a shrinking base...
Colorful Marketing Opportunities —Sherburne
In February, I talked a bit about how print service providers could use their color expertise as a marketing tool. Although I am not a color expert or a graphic designer, I do love the way colors work with each...
SUPPLIER news
Same High-Tech Press, Same Super Success, Very Different Printers LOS ANGELES—The Komori Lithrone LS40SP Super Perfector with double coater technology—so new, there are only a few operating in the United States—inspired Komori to sponsor a media junket to California in...
UPFRONT
Cunningham, CGI Reunited JERSEY CITY, NJ—Michael Cunningham has returned to the organization he helped start. Cunningham was named CEO of The CGI Group, the successor to Cunningham Graphics International, which he founded in 1989. He will report directly to CGI...
Management Information Systems — A Hit with Printers
Advocating for the use of a computerized management information system can have the feel of preaching to the converted. The true believers have already invested the money and resources to implement a system, gotten staff buy-in, and they routinely act...
Promote and Prosper —Morgan
JUST LIKE the proverbial shoe-maker, whose son never has shoes, many printers (who are, in fact, in the communications business) are the worst at promoting their businesses. However, print buyers do expect their suppliers to competently market their services, and...
PRINTER news
Printers Flock to See Two-Sided Coating DALLAS—Neither heavy rains nor threatening tornadoes could dissuade roughly 75 printers and journalists from visiting Buchanan Visual Communications on April 24 and 25 for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses’ 2007 National Open House. The violent weather...
Offset Conference Looks Beyond
TORONTO—The recent Offset and Beyond 2007 Management and Technical Conference, which for the first time combined annual meetings targeted toward the web and sheetfed offset communities, capitalized on its Canadian venue to secure the Right Honorable Brian Mulroney and several...
VistaPrint Files Patent Suit Against Taylor Subsidiaries
HAMILTON, BERMUDA—Claiming that three of its patents related to browser-based tools have been infringed, VistaPrint Technologies—a subsidiary of VistaPrint—has filed a lawsuit against 123Print and Drawing Board, subsidiaries of North Mankato, MN-based Taylor Corp. In papers filed with the U.S....
Plane Wreck Claims Five Printers
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL—What started out as a weekend fishing trip to the Bahamas for employees of Identity Graphics and Printing, based here, turned to tragedy when one of two planes carrying the employees crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all five...
Colville Leaving CGX Again
HOUSTON—Chris Colville, executive vice president and CFO for Consolidated Graphics (CGX), but best known for orchestrating many of the company’s biggest deals, announced he is leaving the company at the end of June to pursue other interests. This was the...
Breach Costs Printer Contract
BROOKLINE, MA—An Indiana printer saw its contract terminated by the state of Massachusetts after some residents of this village were mailed tax forms with their neighbors’ social security numbers on them. The state’s Department of Revenue canceled the pact after...
Allegra Reno — Little Puppy, Big Kennel
Far from the bright lights of Las Vegas, just north of Nevada’s capital of Carson City, lies a testament to the power of four-color general commercial printing. . .and it’s a franchise establishment, no less. Allegra Print & Imaging has...
Canadian Trade Printers — Going North of the Border
Toronto is home to many wondrous icons, from the CN Tower on down to hockey’s Maple Leafs. But, to the printing industry, the greater Toronto area is a fertile feeding ground for farming out excess volume or special needs jobs...
City Colors — Direct Imaging Devotees
FOCUS ON the basics—market opportunity, customer needs, streamlined workflow and the right equipment—is paying off for City Colors Digital Printing Center, Doral, FL. A family owned and operated business, City Colors was created in 1998 as a “to the trade...
Special Editions — The Joy of Printing
You know that you’re a small-town printer when your customers stop by without an appointment, with their kids and pets in tow, just to say Hello. That’s what life—and business—is like in the small Midwestern town of Sussex, WI, and...
List Hygiene — ABCs of Improving Address Quality
There’s no escaping the fact that direct mail just doesn’t work with a bad address. The most compelling creative printed on the finest brochure is useless if it doesn’t get to the intended recipient. Why should that matter to you?...
MFSA/NAPL Conference — Survey Results Are Fulfilling
Results of the 2007 NAPL Fulfillment Practices Survey provided a valuable reflection of today’s Mailing and Fulfillment (M&F) market. Survey results suggest there are two views to the M&F story—one that reflects the efforts and actions of larger, more successful...
Paper Tariffs — Will Commerce Be Swayed?
Rising postal rates. Ever-increasing energy prices. Add the cost of obtaining coated free sheet (CFS) paper to the list of runaway costs being experienced by the printing industry. After socking China and Indonesia with 20-plus percent countervailing duties (CVD) and...
FedEx Kinko’s — Network of Resources
Business happens pretty quickly in the printing trade, and the same can be said for the shipping industry. Merge the two together, and you can expect the pace to get ratcheted up a level or two. Take the humble beginnings...