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March 2009 Issue

Printing Impressions March 2009
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions' Upfront Commercial Printing News for April 2009...
Cenveo Employee Is Found Dead
An employee at a Cenveo envelope plant here was found dead February 10, apparently crushed from a machine accident, according to the Chicago Sun-Times ....
RR Donnelley Lays Off 200 Workers
Roughly 200 RR Donnelley employees from the former Von Hoffmann plant in Jefferson City, MO, have been laid off either for a few weeks or permanently, according to several media reports. Doug Fitzgerald, executive vice president of communications at RR...
Vertis Spares Targeted ACG Ohio Plant
Midnight will not toll for the former American Color Graphics (ACG)printing plant in Medina, OH, which had been scheduled to be shut down this summer. According to the Akron Beacon Journal , parent company Vertis Communications felt that changing business...
Transcontinental Slashes 1,500 Jobs
Transcontinental has implemented rationalization measures to address the recession, including the elimination of about 1,500 jobs. Substantive cost-cutting measures are being implemented at plants throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico....
USPS Seeks to Cut Day of Mail Delivery
Citing a nine billion piece reduction in mail volume during 2008, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General John Potter asked Congress in January to drop the requirement of delivering mail six days per week. Potter noted that the USPS was $2.8...
Struggling Kodak Still Committed to Nexpress
A fourth-quarter loss of $137 million has prompted Eastman Kodak to announce that between 3,500 and 4,500 jobs will be eliminated, representing between 14 to 18 percent of its total workforce. The company lost 51 cents a share in the...
Bold Future Ahead: 4Over Expands Again
With much of the country mired in the dead of winter, roughly 100 clients and journalists witnessed Glendale, CA-based 4Over taking the wraps off its sixth production facility, a 50,000-square-foot plant here, under warm, sunny skies, as shown in the...
LETTERS
Printing Impressions' Letters to the Editor for March 2009...
Newspapers See Writing On the Wall --Cagle
REPORTS OF the demise of newspapers may not have been exaggerated after all. In fact, I’d go as far to say they’re underestimated. The newspaper industry has long cried poor, living off thin margins for years, yet plugging away in...
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printing Industry News for March 2009...
Metzgers' Journey to the Head of the Class --Michelson
IF YOU were writing a historical novel based on the real-life saga of a graphic arts business that had to reinvent itself—again and again—over the course of several decades, Metzgers Printing + Mailing would serve as the perfect case history....
Metzgers Printing + Mailing -- Knowledge Is Power
THE NAME Metzger has been elevated to rock star status in the printing industry, and with good reason. Joe Metzger can be seen frequently on the trade show/conference circuit, discussing any number of relevant industry issues. Frankly, if you can...
Database Management -- The Cleaner, the Better
EVEN THOUGH mailing and database management services have been around since the 1980s, a substantial number of printers expanded into this highly technical (and profitable) market as competition heated up with the new millennium. Today, more printers are continuing to...
Ink-jet Printing -- Coming Up Heads and Tales
GAUGING WHEN a technology is really going to take off is always a tricky proposition. Product roll-outs usually get pushed back due to unforeseen technical issues, and potential buyers tend to be more cautious than even a low-ball projection for...
Web-to-Print -- Get Clients Invested
WHAT DO professional golf and Web-to-print have in common? Both make reference to a skins game, where a lot of money is at stake for something that, at first blush, doesn’t seem all that difficult to accomplish. The skill and...
One-to-One Printing -- Where Are the Repeat Jobs?
THERE IS no question that one-to-one (personalized) digital printing works. Just skim through the case study archives of the Print On Demand Initiative (PODi). Click through the case studies on vendor and printer sites. Read the articles and the blog...
DIGITAL digest
Printing Impressions' Digital Digest Workflow and Digital Printing News for March 2009...
BINDERY matters
Printing Impressions Bindery and Postpress News for March 2009...
Ben on Virtue and Maturity -- DeWese
WILL I EVER grow up? I’m beginning to think it ain’t happenin’. It’s doubtful! Sob. I’ll never reach adulthood. Sob. Sob. I thought for certain I would be grown up by age 40. Didn’t happen. Then I thought, “50: That...
Play Offense, Not Defense -- Sherburne
I’M NOT A big fan of defending print. I know, a strange way to start a column in a printing trade magazine. Clearly, the graphic arts industry is undergoing a time of dramatic change, and we speak a great deal...
Using SEO to Grow Profits --Morgan
WHAT’S THE first thing a print buyer does when considering a new print supplier today? The answer, of course, is to Google them. Obviously, being listed on online search engines is directly related to the amount of traffic your Website...
What Print Buyers Want -- Solutions, Not Sales Pitch
IS THE PRINTER a one-stop-shop? Is work completed in a timely fashion? Does the sales rep keep his/her promises? Is the printing company financially sound? These are some of the questions that Gretchen Morris ponders as the director of Global...
PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for March 2009...
SUPPLIER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printing Supplier News for March 2009...