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November 2007 Issue

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ACROSS the nation
Sixth KBA Installed At Imagine! Print SHAKOPEE, MN—A new six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 Universal perfector with UV capability is now up and running in the 400,000-square-foot facility of Imagine! Print Solutions. The new Rapida—which is equipped with full automation...
Classic Printers — Keeping With Tradition
FROM A one-man operation in just a 12x12-ft. room, to becoming the third largest printing establishment in Houston, Classic Printers attributes its success over the years to traditional values coupled with embracing the latest printing technologies. Offering clients personalized service...
DIGITAL digest
Agfa Invests in Plate, Ink-Jet Resources BRANCHBURG, NJ—Rural New Jersey isn’t usually thought of as a hotbed of activity, but it’s becoming one for Agfa Graphics. The company recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Agfa Competence Center that...
Quad Wins Racking System Lawsuit
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics and its insurance company have been awarded $63 million in a lawsuit stemming from the 2002 collapse of Quad’s racking system that started a fire, killing one person. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it took a jury...
Donnelley Acquires Cardinal Brands
CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cardinal Brands—a designer, developer and manufacturer of document-related business, consumer and hobby products—for $130 million, less repayment of debts, retirement of preferred stock and other items. Pending regulatory approval, the all-cash...
Peer Groups — Strength in Numbers
IMAGINE JOINING an exclusive business group that requires members to undergo a virtual audit of their finances, a club where you’re expected to share detailed information about company practices. Picture wanting to host a meeting where your facility is given...
Self-promotion — You Are What You Print
THERE’S AN 800-lb. gorilla in the room...And some printers are embracing it. In an industry where competition is stiff, quality is a given (all must provide it), and turnaround and price are often comparable, how does a printer differentiate itself...
Consolidated Graphics — Fusing Power. . .and People
THE KNOCK against national printing platforms for years has been multifaceted. The so-called big guys are not as responsive as their smaller, more nimble competitors who can respond to challenges in an hour, not a week later following a conference...
Postpress Efficiency — Bringing Up the Rear
ANY TALK concerning the efforts to improve postpress efficiency invariably degrades into a philosophical discussion over what, exactly, entails binding, finishing and friends. Ah yes, there is more than meets the eye, especially when mailing, fulfillment, kitting and other sometimes...
SUPPLIER news
Planting Pinwheels for Peace AMBLER, PA—Kathy Davis Studios recently set out to spread the message of world peace. Pinwheels for Peace, a global art therapy project founded by two teachers in Florida, was chosen as the ideal venture to teach...
Postcards. . .And (Please) Buy My Book —Erik Cagle
EVERY NOW and then we receive a printer’s promo piece through the mail. My name will end up on a list with prospects and incumbent clients for a printing company, and I’ll get a taste of their sales program. Well,...
3D Meets Marketing —Sherburne
THIS YEAR’S Graph Expo was exciting and fun, and it was great to see so much energy after the last several years of difficult times for the industry. One of the highlights for me was the increasing number of 3D...
Immigration Compliance —Fiorenza
IN A development of significance for graphic arts companies utilizing foreign talent, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently amended its regulations relating to the unlawful hiring or continued employment of unauthorized aliens. Specifically, the amended regulation describes the legal...
BINDERY matters
Shop Cuts Check During Graph Expo CHICAGO—Putting the finishing touches on their deal to acquire a Varimatrix 105 CS diecutter and an ECO 105 folding carton gluer are representatives from Mail Advertising & Bindery and Heidelberg USA. Shown, from the...
PRINTER news
VDP ‘Masters’ Mentor on Tricks Of Printing Trade PHILADELPHIA—To help educate its clients (and prospective customers) with the latest trends in printing and variable data printing (VDP), Innovation Printing & Communications hosted a full day of seminars—billed as “The Masters...
GREEN scene
Arandell Corp. Honored by DNR MADISON, WI—Arandell Corp., of Menomonee Falls, WI, was welcomed September 27 into the state’s Green Tier program, which provides regulatory and publicity incentives to organizations that voluntarily achieve superior environmental performance. Representatives from the Wisconsin...
Allegra Network — A Match Made in Printing
LOVE MAY not exactly be in the air, but when it comes to a certain matchmaking service for the printing industry, you might say that letters of intent are in the mail. No, Allegra Network isn’t setting up Kim, the...
Emerging Printing Technologies — Business Lines Are Forming
FLYING CARS and colonies in space were once seriously predicted to be a reality by now. Closer to home, though, experts also said that Adobe Photoshop and the Mac would never be acceptable for professional graphic arts applications. Any attempt...
KBA Showcases Diverse Printing Applications
WILLISTON, VT—With the prime foliage season as a backdrop, KBA North America held an open house October 12-14 in its demo center here to showcase its wide range of 20˝ to 81˝ sheetfed offset press offerings, including the 20˝ Genius...
xpedx Opens Ryobi Demo and Learning Center
LENEXA, KS—xpedx Printing Technologies opened its new 20,000-square-foot Ryobi press demonstration and learning center here in suburban Kansas City on October 22. The facility is designed to provide high-level education and demonstrations of Ryobi sheetfed press capabilities, as well as...
Graphic Press, Insync Media Join Forces
LOS ANGELES—Private equity firm Nogales Investors has agreed to acquire Insync Media of Inglewood, CA, which Nogales will merge with Graphic Press, based here. The new company will be called Insync Marketing Solutions. Graphic Press CEO Randy Ginsberg will become...
Vertis Terminates Letter with ACG
BALTIMORE—Vertis Communications has terminated its letter of intent relating to its proposed merger with American Color Graphics (ACG), but the deal may not be dead. Vertis had proposed an offer with a deadline of midnight on September 30. When Brentwood,...
Judge Blocks ‘No-Match Letter’
A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction on October 10 that blocks the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing a new regulation regarding discrepancies between workers’ names and Social Security numbers. Under the rule,...
UPFRONT
Merrill Corp. Staying Private NEW YORK—It looks like financial printing specialist Merrill Corp. isn’t going public again after all. At least not in the foreseeable future. Merrill withdrew its Initial Public Offering (IPO) registration statement, reported the Associated Press. Citing...
UV Printing — Horse of a Different Color
THINK OF a sheetfed offset UV press as a chemistry set for grownups, complete with an ever-shifting set of variables and a hands-on learning curve. The upside of that curve is the license to print an endless range of special...
Printer Climbs to New Heights for Charity
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Hopkins Forms Stock Ownership Plan
COLUMBUS, OH—After nearly becoming a part of a national print consolidator earlier this year, Hopkins Printing has turned the keys of the business over to its employees. The family owned printer has joined the ranks of the employee-owned, following the...
IWCO Bolsters NC and NY Facilities
CHANHASSEN, MN—IWCO Direct will expand its Elm City, NC, plant and consolidate three Long Island facilities into one, moves that will add 350 new positions to the organization. Elm City is the former Cox Target Media Valpak production facility, acquired...
Who’ll Fill Your Shoes? —Michelson
NO DOUBT about it, the printing profession is far down the list of career options being considered by high school and college-age students. Chalk it up to a misconception among the general public and media outlets that print is dead....