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March 2008 Issue

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ACROSS the nation
Prepress Upgrades Enhance Workflow DETROIT—First came the press, then came the upgrade to new prepress and platesetting technology. Crystal Clear Images runs a Heidelberg GTO press and wanted to update its workflow. Crystal and Anthony Mitchell, the husband and wife...
RR Donnelley — One Big Green Machine
IN ONE of RR Donnelley’s private mail handling and logistics facilities, the largest operation of its kind in the world, an employee exits a section of the interior space, and the lights over that area turn off…automatically. A global enterprise...
BINDERY matters
American-Made Stacker/Bundler Gaining Popularity in North America YORK, PA—IMC America (sales agent for Penn Graphics) has announced three new installations in North America for the PGE300 semi-automatic stacker/bundler: Hi-Liter Graphics, in Burlington, WI; McCormick-Armstrong, Wichita, KS; and Cenveo MM&T in...
Postal Rates Set to Increase
The Postal Service announced new rates effective May 12. This is the first rate increase that falls under the new regulations established by the PIA-championed postal reform legislation, which means that the new prices can increase on average no more...
GREEN scene
PRINTER NEWS Times Printing Is Climbing Green Tier RANDOM LAKE, WI—Times Printing has announced its acceptance into Wisconsin’s Green Tier program, which is sponsored by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program “provides incentives that enable good environmental...
Haapanen/Burkett Inc. — Raising the Quality Bar
THE STAFF at Haapanen/Burkett Inc. believes that being a successful, full-service commercial printer begins with an unwavering commitment to customer service, along with offering a wide variety of production capabilities to its largely pharmaceutical industry client base. Founded by Jerry...
Print Video Rocks YouTube Community —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES WHEN YOU combine new technology with old-school craft and a little in-your-face attitude, the result is side-splitting laughter. And it’s also perhaps the biggest electronic boost for the printing industry. Pazazz, a commercial and package printer based...
Poster Series Proves Classic Hit for Meyers —Michelson
THEY SAY the best marketing campaigns are those that, over a period of time, seem to take on a life of their own. Such is the case with the series of vintage automobile posters created by Meyers—a point-of-sale, signage and...
Mail Advertising & Bindery — Getting Into a Bind
THE PRODUCTION workflow chain can be lonely toward the back end, particularly when your company specializes in mailing services. Not to mention frustrating, infuriating and a few more colorful terms. When mailing’s the name of your game, there are usually...
The Fairness Game —Fiorenza
WHAT IF you could find one basic concept that would have a powerfully positive impact on all aspects of personnel management at your printing establishment? What if it would do more to help you avoid employee lawsuits than any compliance...
DIGITAL digest
AppForum Covers Digital Print Spread LAS VEGAS—“We now have members on every continent except Antarctica,” boasted Rab Govil, president of PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, during his keynote address at the association’s seventh annual AppForum. “Perhaps we should recruit penguins,”...
Process Optimization — Makereadies Mean Money
PRINT RUNS are getting shorter. Everyone in the industry now takes that as a given, but what does it mean? Is a short run in the hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands? The answer varies depending on the piece and...
PRINTER news
Themed Sales Contest Adds Political Spin STUART, FL—Southeastern Printing recently hosted an annual awards dinner and kick-off contest for its sales, production and management personnel. After awards were given out to several sales representatives, guests gathered in the parking lot...
SUPPLIER news
Goss Recognized For Global Resources Management BOSTON—At its Manufacturing in the 21st Century Summit held here recently, The Aberdeen Group presented the Performance Excellence Award to Goss International. The award recognizes Goss for excellence in managing global resources to meet...
Mid Island Bindery — Bucking Bindery Trends
WHAT IS this strange-looking thing? Bob Geier wondered aloud, when a customer stopped by (circa 1987) and handed him a small, round piece of plastic. “I’d never seen anything like it before,” recalls Geier, owner of Farmingdale, NY-based Mid Island...
Shop Floor Safety — A Cause for Concern
THERE ARE two ways to view the current state of safety in the printing industry. On the one hand, as manufacturing industries go, printing is a relatively safe profession that has witnessed a steady decline in the rate of recorded...
Visant Acquires Phoenix Color
ARMONK, NY—Visant Corp., headquartered here, has agreed to pay $219 million to acquire Phoenix Color of Hagerstown, MD. A book component manufacturer serving the professional reference and education segments, Phoenix Color will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Visant....
Pregnant Woman Killed in Diecutter
SAN FRANCISCO—A diecutting machine is believed to have caused the death of a pregnant 26-year-old employee at Digital Pre-Press International on January 29. Margarita Mojica, of Oakland, CA, was pronounced dead on the scene after firefighters extricated her from the...
Quad Eyes Possible Expansion
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics got the green light to proceed with a $14 million expansion of its West Allis, WI, printing plant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The project, which would provide 80 new jobs by the time it is completed, received...
Quebecor Shuts Plant, Signs Contracts
MONTRÉAL—With its court-appointed administrators unable to find a buyer, Quebecor World PLC of Northamptonshire, U.K., a subsidiary of Quebecor World, shut its doors in early February. The closing left 250 people without jobs. The facility specialized in web offset magazines,...
Postal Increases Under Rate of Inflation
WASHINGTON, DC—The latest U.S. Postal Service (USPS) rate increase is confronting mailers, and this time there are no unpleasant surprises. For the post office, however, the news was not so comforting. As promised by the postal reform legislation passed in...
Print Buyers Find an Oasis in Florida
AMELIA ISLAND, FL—With daytime temperatures in the 70s and clear skies throughout the Print Oasis Print Buyers Conference and Exhibit, held here February 9th to 12th at the Plantation Resort, the Sunshine State lived up to its name. So did...
Education and Training — Skilled Labor: Help Wanted!
WITH 60,000 graphic arts industry employees leaving the workforce each year—and only a fraction of them being replaced—it’s easy to understand why printers are having a tough time finding skilled labor. When the going gets tough, and printers need an...
Drupa: Product Marketing —Sherburne
ARE YOU going to Drupa 2008? In its 14th edition (the first Drupa was in 1951, 57 years ago!), it will be the largest ever, with more than 1,800 exhibitors from 50 countries and more than 1.8 million square feet...
UPFRONT
Donnelley Lobbies Washington CHICAGO—RR Donnelley plunked down $485,044 during 2007 to lobby the federal government on environmental policy issues, according to an Associated Press report. The information was posted online by the U.S. Senate’s public records office. Under federal law,...