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November 2008 Issue

Printing Impressions November 2008
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions' Upfront Commercial Printing News for November 2008...
Grossman, Stine Form Printing Company
NEW CANAAN, CT—Just when you thought it wasn’t safe to come out in the printing investment world, along comes a pair of industry veterans with a bankroll and a plan....
Graphic Press Founder John Zamora Settles Suit with Company, Investors
LOS ANGELES—Graphic Press founder John Zamora reports he has reached a settlement in a lawsuit he brought against Graphic Press LLC, Nogales Investors LLC, Nogales Investment Fund I, Luis Nogales and Mark Mickelson. The defending parties have agreed to pay...
Pair Charged in Bid Fixing Scenario
HARRISBURG, PA—Criminal charges are being filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett against two men who allegedly worked in tandem to fix bids for printing work with the state’s student loan agency....
Ricoh Revs Up Its Dealers
ORLANDO, FL—“Leading the REVolution” served as the theme for Ricoh Americas’ Vision 2008 meeting last month, attended by its dealer network, several technology partners, and select trade publication editors and industry analysts....
Pazazz Makes $7M Investment
MONTREAL—A six-color, 56? KBA Rapida 142 hybrid UV press is the centerpiece of a $7 million capex investment project by Pazazz, which is looking to establish itself beyond the 40? sheetfed market. The plant upgrade also includes a large-format Fuji...
GPO Gives Millions Back To U.S. State Department
WASHINGTON, DC—In a story broken by The Washington Times , the Government Printing Office (GPO) has repaid the State Department more than $51 million stemming from overcharges from the sale of millions of blank passports....
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printing News for November 2008...
PRO-IP Bill Passes, Minus Provision
In mid-October, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act, without the controversial provisions that were initially found in the House bill....
Webster Tome Just Keeps On Printing --Cagle
PERHAPS YOU had it circled on your calendar and forgot to send him a card. No matter. Noah Webster, he of abridged and unabridged dictionary fame, turned 250 and was feted in mid-October by Yale University, his alma mater....
Mood at Graph Expo Reflects Uncertainty --Michelson
THE TIMING of the U.S. printing industry’s most important trade show could hardly have been worse. It took place amidst a barrage of media coverage on dried up commercial credit markets that threaten companies, across many industries, from securing financing...
Quebecor World -- Back on Top of Its World
Quebecor World, the Montreal-based magazine, book, catalog, direct mail, directory, magazine and retail insert printer. has experienced a roller coaster of fortunes in 2008—bankruptcy, a new leader, new accounts, lost accounts, done deals gone sour, financing misfires and triumphs, shuttered...
Graph Expo: Digital Printing and Workflow -- Digital Shows Its Dominance
The focus at Graph Expo was on what’s available to buy today, especially with the deadline looming for the investment tax credit. Digital press vendors asserted that the current economic conditions play to the technology’s strengths. Shorter runs produced...
Graph Expo: Sheetfed/Web Offset Printing -- Still Making Impressions
Despite growing industry demand for digital printing devices, the fact remains that lithographic sheetfed and web presses still dominate the pressrooms—and revenue streams—for the majority of commercial printing operations. Following on the heels of Drupa in Germany, Graph Expo in...
Graph Expo: Binding and Finishing -- Outperforming Expectations
Countless binding and finishing technology providers were candid in their positive assessments of how the scene went down in McCormick Place South. It wasn’t all cartwheels and champagne popping, but this year’s Graph Expo did exceed the expectations of many....
Large-format Printing -- Many Profit Paths
LARGE-FORMAT sheetfed offset printing means different things to different printers. But, whether it’s the ability to be more competitive in package printing, outdoor signage, taking advantage of the larger sheet size, or finding new applications for uncommon substrates, there seems...
DIGITAL digest
Printing Impressions' Digital Printing and Workflow News for November 2008...
GREEN scene
Printing Impressions' Sustainability in Commercial Printing News for November 2008...
DPI of Rochester -- Sustainability by Design
WHEN DPI of Rochester decided (in 2006) that it was going to relocate, company execs knew that America’s green revolution was well under way and, most likely, here to stay. Setting their sights on all things green, they purchased a...
MyPrint Corp. -- Keeps on Growing
EXPLOSIVE is how the executives at Irvine, CA-based MyPrint Corp. would describe the growth their company has experienced in the past three years. MyPrint operates on a simple mantra: “Focus on the things that make our customers very successful and...
Omaha Print -- History in the Making
As the new millennium ticks away, Omaha Print (name change circa 1885) continues to be a model Midwestern company, employing nearly 100 townsfolk who still produce a much-needed commodity: sales catalogs for the breeders of cows and pigs....
Sun Inc. -- Integration Put to the Test
There is a new era dawning at Sun Inc. as it works to bring online a completely new facility in Columbia, SC. “It’s going to incorporate a totally integrated production system from front to back,” Cook says with pride. “We...
Star Print & Mail -- Ready, Willing and Able
There are 27 employees at Star Print & Mail, including a programmer who specializes in postal issues, such as mailing rates, as well as variable data projects. The company, which was established in 1906 and whose original claim to fame...
BINDERY matters
Printing Impressions' Bindery and Finishing Commercial Printing News for 2008...
What Print Buyers Want -- Printer, Now Buyer, Tells All
LORENZO COWGILL, production manager at Alexandria, VA-based Marketing General Inc. (MGI), has a different perspective than many print buyers, which he believes allows him to give an unbiased perspective on the subject of “What Print Buyers Want.” He has decades...
Coping in This Economy --Morgan
THERE IS no doubt about it; the present economy has had a negative impact on how much print is being purchased by buying companies. At least, that’s what 75 percent of the participants in Print Buyers Online.com’s recent Quick Poll...
I Thought I'd Seen It All --DeWese
THIS IS my 267th Printing Impressions column. I have written these columns since November 1984 in all sorts of adverse conditions. Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Heart failure? Worldwide economic meltdown?...
The Wide, Wide World of... --Sherburne
IF YOU had an opportunity to attend SGIA or Graph Expo—or both—last month, I hope you took the time to see what is new in the world of wide-format ink-jet. There have been lots of exciting advances that commercial printing...
PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Printer News Commercial Printing News for 2008...
SUPPLIER news
Printing Impressions' Supplier News Commercial Printing News for 2008...
Special Sustainability Report: Embrace Certification, Conservation
IN THIS new era of environmental responsibility, the message of “green” implies that a company uses state-of-the-art business practices and promotes good corporate citizenship. For a print provider, going green can transform an ordinary printed product into a powerful marketing...
Green Printing and Plastic: No Longer Strange Bedfellows
AS A society, we rely on plastic for its strength, resilience, flexibility, elasticity, durability and protective properties, characteristics that have not escaped the notice of print buyers and specifiers everywhere. As a result, many printers increasingly view printing on plastics...
Proving That You're Sustainable
MORE THAN ever, printers are being asked by their customers to prove their green credentials. In response to the demands for printers to create a creditable recognition program, the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP Partnership) was created. On August 28,...
For Quad, It's Easy Being Green
AS THE largest privately held printer of magazines, catalogs and other commercial products in the Western Hemisphere—and the third-largest printer, public or private, in the nation—Quad/Graphics employs more than 12,000 people worldwide in 10 core domestic printing plants, as well...