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June 2008 Issue

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50th: Long Road to Automation — From High Touch to Hi Tech
FIFTY YEARS would constitute a long career, but it’s just a flash of time for an industry that traces its roots at least back to the introduction of the Gutenberg press, circa the early 1400s. While each generation probably thinks...
50th: Fun with Advertisements — Sex, Stars and Cartoons Sell
AS ADVERTISEMENTS go, so goes our magazine. Or any magazine. While smug in our self-assuredness that the church of editorial content remains unfettered and separated from the state of advertising, the truth is we need each other. Without advertising, a...
ACROSS the nation
Perfector Boosts Versatility and Quality CONYERS, GA—After recently installing a six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 one-over-five perfector with aqueous coating capability, 4D Printing reports that the press is “completely booked” and is running three shifts a day, five days...
50th: Unforgettable Moments — The Odd and Memorable
THE YEAR was 1958. A 14-year-old named Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championship. Willie O’Ree is the first African-American to play in the National Hockey League. The U.S. Air Force loses a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Savannah,...
Printing Impressions’ 50th Anniversary — Ages-old Concerns
SOME THINGS never change. Which can be both a blessing and a curse. This is especially true when you consider that necessity is the mother of invention: The need to resolve problems is often the best catalyst for change. However,...
50th: Otto Boutin’s Night Watch — Speak and Squeak Softly
EDITOR’S NOTE: This fictional piece was written by the late Otto Boutin, a longtime Printing Impressions contributor who penned stories about the old “tramp” printers who traveled the country, moving from job to job in search of adventure and a...
Flower City Printing — Going Above and Beyond
MOST PRINTING industry folks would agree that one of the biggest problems that the industry faces today is getting the younger generation interested in the trade, and shedding the “ink under the fingernails” perception. Rochester, NY-based Flower City Printing...
Craftline Printing — The Finishing Touches
THERE ARE two types of equipment dealers in the printing industry. One has products, the other has solutions. The former has something to sell, the latter wants to find out about your needs and address them. Needless to say, the...
BINDERY matters
Folder-Gluer Proves to Be Twice as Nice DALLAS/FT. WORTH—Trade finisher Registermarks Letter Press Services recented added its second Bobst Fuego 110 A-2 CS folder-gluer in the past 18 months. The company runs order sizes from a few thousand to more...
A True Appreciation For Roy Grossman —Cagle
IT WAS a sad morning in early May when a press release crossed my desk announcing that Roy Grossman, president and CEO of Sandy Alexander in Clifton, NJ, would be stepping down at the end of the month. Executives come...
DIGITAL digest
Kodak Users Get the Real Deal LAS VEGAS—More than 300 members of the Graphic Users Association (GUA) of Kodak Solutions recently gathered at the Wynn Las Vegas for the North American group’s annual meeting. “This year’s conference was our biggest...
Still Making Big Impressions —Michelson
HIS ROMANCE with the printing process started at age 12, when he became one of the thousands of American youngsters in the 1930s who bought a Kelsey hand press through the mail. It continued right on through printing school, which...
Pennsylvania Joins the ‘Do-Not-Mail’ Bandwagon
Add Pennsylvania to the list of states hit by “Do-Not-Mail” legislation. A bill to “prohibit unsolicited mail” was introduced in early May in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. HB 2551 was introduced by Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R-Delaware County) along with...
Kay Printing — The Miracle Makers
KAY PRINTING, of Clifton, NJ, advertises itself as the printer you go to “When you need a printing miracle” and, for more than 30 years, it has consistently delivered results for clients that may seem almost, well, miraculous. It isn’t...
Next Generation Printing — Namesake Says It All
PAUL ROTHSTEIN was selling thermal copy paper (remember that stuff?) out of the back of a borrowed car in 1973. In a former life, he had been a business machine salesman, but suddenly realized that the “real” market was in...
GREEN scene
Omaha Print Celebrates 150 Years With 150 Trees OMAHA, NE—To celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary, Omaha Print employees recently planted 150 trees here at Fontenelle Forest. As the Conservation Stewardship Sponsor for Fontenelle Nature Association (FNA), Omaha Print plans to...
SUPPLIER news
Behind the Scenes R&D on New Line of Eco-Friendly Inks CARLSTADT, NJ—At Sun Chemical’s Carlstadt Technical Center, a research and development facility, more than 100 scientists and support staff from around the globe test the analysis, surface characterization, interfacial dynamics...
PRINTER news
Adam Garwolinski has been promoted to pressroom foreman with the recent installation of a fourth Komori press at Elk Grove Village, IL-based Quality Color Graphics. Dalim Software Users Organization—which offers an unbiased collaborative channel of communications between Dalim Software users,...
New Trend: Pre-Approval —Morgan
IN LATE April, Print Buyers Online.com conducted one of our popular Quick Poll surveys to see if more print buyers are pre-qualifying printers before they are able to work with them. Seventy-one major print buyers answered the following question: ...
Illinois Printers — A Printer’s Paradise
THE CITY of Chicago gets a bad rap and, as a result, the state of Illinois gets tagged as a troublemaker. And it all started, depending upon which legend you believe, with Kate O’Leary’s cow. It’s a sad city that...
Printing Museums — Old World Craft Lives On
THERE IS a certain romantic element connected to printing. The dewy eyes are primarily reserved for old school printing, the lead type and letterpress, as opposed to modern presses that can spout out tens of thousands of copies in an...
Neographics Event Goes ‘Green’
PHILADELPHIA—Green has quickly become the earth-friendly color of choice for buyers of printing and, hence, their print suppliers. Subsequently, the emphasis on environmental sustainability provided a timely “Greener Than We Think” theme for the 37th annual Neographics Power of Print...
Illinois Printers — Competition’s Fierce
SO, YOU think you know Illinois like the back of your hand? Frankly, why would anyone have extensive knowledge about the backs of their hands? Are we really so bereft of meaningful activity that we would stare at our hands...
Event Foretells Offset—and Beyond
SCHAUMBURG, IL—Building on the decision last year by the PIA/GATF and Web Offset Association (WOA) to merge an annual event geared toward sheetfed offset printers into their venerable WOA conference and rename it Offset and Beyond, the program covered even...
IP Explosion Kills Contract Worker
REDWOOD, MS—An explosion rocked International Paper’s Vicksburg, MS, containerboard plant on May 3, killing a contract employee and injuring 17. Four of the injured—also contract workers—remained in critical condition at a burn center in Augusta, GA. A boiler explosion killed...
PERSONAL bests
Magic 8-Ball Says ‘Ask Again’ THE POLICE officer who has a car stolen. The fireman with dead batteries in a smoke detector. The magazine editor who sends an e-mail out with typos in it. There’s a special kind of embarrassment...
Quebecor World Closing CT Plant
MONTREAL—Quebecor World’s three-year retooling program took its toll on the company’s North Haven, CT, facility, which will be closed down by the end of the second quarter. This move, in tandem with a staff reduction at the Islington factory in...
LETTERS to the editor
Skilled Labor Strikes Chord Dear Editor, As a member and officer of the Education Summit, I would like to be able to share the articles that appeared in Printing Impressions’ March and April issues: “Skilled Labor: Help Wanted” and “Cure...
Grossman Leaves Sandy Alexander
CLIFTON, NJ—Roy Grossman, a Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame inductee and a staunch advocate for some of the most daunting challenges confronting printers, has resigned his position as president and CEO of Clifton, NJ-based Sandy Alexander. Grossman stepped...
Plan Sees Bowne Eliminating 650 Jobs
NEW YORK—Despite garnering a first quarter profit of $71 million on sales of $208.8 million, Bowne & Co. announced a cost reduction initiative that will see the financial printer reduce its workforce by 15 percent. Bowne is targeting $50 million...
Sappi Honors Excellence, Texas Style
DALLAS—The physical setting may have been the Lone Star State, but the gala awards ceremony for Sappi Fine Paper’s 12th annual North American Printers of the Year competition held at the Dallas Museum of Art incorporated Hollywood pizzazz with a...
Vertis, American Color Merge, Restructure
BALTIMORE—M&A negotiations, like fishing, can sometimes take more patience than most people are willing to demonstrate. That wasn’t the case in the nearly year-long saga between Vertis Communications and American Color Graphics. It takes a little patience and knowledge...
Presstek Sues to Protect Patent Rights
HUDSON, NH—Digital offset solutions provider Presstek has filed a complaint with the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany against Israeli printing plate manufacturer VIM Technologies, contending infringement of its patent rights. Last February, Presstek filed a complaint with the U.S....
Schultz, Valassis Extend Agreement Through 2012
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IMCs: Don’t Be Intimidated —Sherburne
IN APRIL, I attended the Kodak Graphic Users Association (KGUA) as a member of the press. This group is probably one of the longest running user associations in our industry, previously having been associated with Creo and Scitex before all...
TransPromo Special Report — TransPromo Communications: More Than a Pretty Statement
TODAY’S CONSUMERS are bombarded with thousands of promotional messages on a daily basis, from television or radio ads and out-of-home advertising, to e-mails and Web ads. Marketers face the challenge of getting their messages out in a way that breaks...
TransPromo Special Report — Learning from Those Who Know
HOUSTON-BASED Personix promises to help build stronger customer relationships through personalized communications. The company (a unit of financial data giant Fiserv) produces a wide variety of personalized printed and electronic materials for clients in the retail sales, financial services, healthcare,...
UPFRONT
Standard Acquires Veitch READING, PA—Standard Offset Printing has purchased Veitch Printing and Veitch Digital Partners for an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal. The deal creates a company with a potential for annual sales of...
TransPromo Special Report — A Concept Whose Time Has Come
WHILE SERVICE bureaus and data centers will tell you that the concept of TransPromo (putting a marketing message on a statement) has been around for decades, there has been a sudden surge of interest in stepping up its use. During...
TransPromo Special Report — Using QR Codes for Cross-Media Integration
Many of today’s marketing professionals are focused on leveraging multichannel communications for an improved customer experience. The objective is to integrate online media with documents to enable a cohesive and unified marketing tool; however, fully executing these multi- channel programs...