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May 2009 Issue

Printing Impressions May 2009
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions' Upfront Commercial Printing Industry News for May 2009...
California Printing Landscape Changes
The Southern California printing scene is taking a big hit with the loss of two well-known names in the industry. Anderson Lithograph of Los Angeles, one of the most prominent printers in Southern California, has been consolidated into ColorGraphics by...
Accident Claims Life of Goss Exec
Phil Burke, 49, Goss International’s vice president of sales for Latin America, was found dead in Biscayne Bay here April 7. His body and that of his eight-year-old daughter, Tara Ann, were pulled from the water a day after they...
USPS Reacts to Shrinking Mail Volume
Days after announcing cost-cutting initiatives designed to save more than $100 million a year, Postmaster General John Potter told a House subcommittee that without aid, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will run out of money this year. The USPS lost...
Quebecor World and Its Creditors Hammer Out Term Sheet
The clouds may soon be parting for Quebecor World in its struggle to remain an ongoing concern. The printer announced that it has reached an agreement in principle on a term sheet with its creditors, which will pave the way...
K&D Graphics Showcases New Press
K&D Graphics welcomed customers during an open house recently to view its new 12-color, 41? Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 which, at 120 feet in length, is one of the world’s longest sheetfed printing presses. The 150-ton press is capable of...
Outlook Pundits Weigh in on Economy
Some 60 attendees at the Print Outlook portion of the NPES 2009 Industry Summit heard predictions on the outlook for the overall U.S. economy, the printing industry specifically and on advertising media trends....
AbitibiBowater Seeks Reorganization
Saddled with more than $6 billion in debt and facing drastically shrinking demand for its newsprint, paper producer AbitibiBowater has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection both in the United States and in Canada. The company was forced to terminate...
Specter Switches Free Choice Stance
In a surprise announcement, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) stated on the Senate floor that he will not support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) this Congress. Specter was a co-sponsor of the bill in previous sessions and the only...
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printing Industry National News for May 2009...
Tattoos, Scammers & Honest Abe --Cagle
IT ISN’T necessary to sell printers on the beauty and endurance of ink. Some prefer to take it home with them, and not just on their clothes. The morning show of a Philadelphia-based radio station, WMMR, has a weekly feature...
Plant Closure Rocks Southern California --Michelson
THE NEWS on April 15 that Cenveo was closing Anderson Lithograph and merging it into its Los Angeles-based ColorGraphics facility marked a sad day for the U.S. printing industry. With a national reputation dating back to 1951 as a provider...
The MATLET Group -- Power of the Press
GARY STIFFLER considers himself a good judge of people. A 28-year printing industry veteran, Stiffler’s background includes stints with World Color and Quebecor World. During that time, he also became a shrewd arbiter of talent, appreciating the timber of employees...
Cross-Media Services — Getting Results that Count
CROSS-MEDIA is one of those adjectives to which so many printers can lay claim—like green or high-quality printing, value-added services and quick turnaround—they can lose meaning as a point of differentiation. The lack of an established definition means every company...
Achieving Discounts -- New Numbers, Same Advice
IN THE wake of postal reform, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) started a new practice last year: annual rate increases. Last May, this May, and potentially every May in the foreseeable future, prices will change for most forms of mail...
Do Not Mail Initiatives -- Truth Outweighs Hype
DEPENDING ON your point of view, the news out of San Francisco is either devastating or a continued call to arms in the battle against Do Not Mail proponents and their efforts at passing legislation at the state and federal...
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- Sufficient Stimulus?
THERE MAY be a new man in the White House, but the country is enjoying another stimulus shot to counter what is now acknowledged as a full-blown recession—and, like the flu vaccine, not everyone agrees on how much good, if...
HM Graphics -- Eight Is (Not) Enough
WHEN JOHN Sandstrom passed away in 1990, his eight children were suddenly left in charge of his printing operation. Having grown up in the graphic arts business, the Sandstrom siblings took the reins of their family’s Milwaukee-based business, HM Graphics....
Pennsylvania Printers -- There's Plenty to Love in PA
WHAT IS there not to love about the state of Pennsylvania? “This is the land of Ben Franklin, and his most conspicuous craft is printing,” notes Eric Roberts, director of sales for Philadelphia-based Bartash Printing. Roberts echoes his fellow Philadelphia-area...
DIGITAL digest
Printing Impressions’ Digital Printing and Workflow News for May 2009...
What Print Buyers Want -- Delivering on Promises
WHILE ALMOST everyone has heard of Merriam-Webster, the dictionary, most people may not be familiar with Merriam-Webster Inc., the publishing company. It publishes millions of dictionaries each year in a variety of styles, including hard cover, soft cover (trade size)...
BINDERY matters
Printing Impressions' Bindery & Finishing News for May 2009...
Consider Cloud Computing --Sherburne
I WAS recently at the On Demand show in Philadelphia. For any of you who attended, I am sure you would agree that it was small, but vibrant. There is a growing emphasis by suppliers to the industry on the...
Wisdom. No MBA Required -- DeWese
I INVENTED the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and announced the idea right here in Printing Impressions in 2001. You can look it up. None of you went for my idea. Madoff must have read that column and stole my idea,...
PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for May 2009...
SUPPLIER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printing Supplier News for May 2009...