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October 2008 Issue

Printing Impressions, October 2008
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions ' Upfront Commercial Printer news for October 2008....
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printer News for October 2008...
LETTERS to the editor
Printing Impressions' Letters for October 2008...
PIA Pleased Drilling Ban Is Lifted
Proponents of expanding options for domestic energy production scored a major victory when the House passed legislation that would lift the Congressional moratorium on offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). PIA and its allies in the “Secure Our...
W2P Breaks New Ground for Printers --Cagle
PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES of the last 20 years transformed the dull, gray-stock sports trading card into works of art. Some premium cards over the past 10 years incorporate autographs and portions of memorabilia (go to piworld.com and search for the September...
Hall of Famers Embody Work, Family, Service --Michelson
WE’RE ALL human beings—displaying courage, steadfastness and humility at times during our lives; but also succumbing to selfishness, lethargy and a lack of empathy for others. Knowing the right thing to do doesn’t always mean we’ll do the right thing....
2008 Printing Industry Hall Of Fame — A Guiding Hand
WHILE A student at American University in Washington, DC, Jim Andersen taught swimming on the side to youngsters at Kenwood Country Club in nearby Bethesda, MD. Little did Andersen realize at the time that the father of two students would...
2008 HOF — Embracing Technology, Life
THERE ARE those for whom life is a game to be won, a foe to be vanquished, or a trial to endure. And then there are those for whom life is a treasure to appreciate, a companion to love and...
2008 HOF — A Year to Remember
IT WOULD be safe to say that Jim Mayes is having the type of year that most printing executives would dream about, and it’s not due to a huge influx in the bottom line for his company, ColorCraft of Virginia....
2008 Printing Industry Hall Of Fame : 2008 HOF -- From Grip to Graphics Arts
NO ONE can blame Michael Keene for having grandiose dreams. Who among us, in our youth, didn’t dream of becoming a professional athlete, a rock star, an astronaut, or perhaps a fireman? Maybe that dream was to run away and...
GREEN scene
Printing Impressions' Sustainable Printing News for October 2008...
DIGITAL digest
Printing Impressions' Digital Digest Workflow and Digital Printing News for October 2008...
BINDERY matters
Printing Impressions' Bindery News for Commercial Printing Industry for October 2008...
CGX's M&A Criteria -- Wanted: Industry Leaders
LAST MONTH marked my third anniversary heading up mergers and acquisitions at Consolidated Graphics (CGX), and it feels like three months instead of three years. This may be due partly to the fact that we have been very busy on...
Keeping Print Relevant -- A Call to Arms
IN 2002, I spoke at an industry gathering lamenting the dwindling profit margins in the printing industry as a result of the post 9/11 economy, the post-Y2K phenomena and the then-new concepts of e-commerce, reverse auctions and corporate RFIs. I...
ondemandcolor -- Big Steps, Small Footprint
AT ondemandcolor, Long Island City, NY, being a successful commercial printer means more than just offering affordable, high-quality offset printing....
Teaching Experiences -- China Connection
IN A little over a year, I returned overseas to Wuhan University (my wife, Elena, also joined me) to teach Professional Business English for the printing and packaging industry. What a change has occurred in China in that short time!...
What Print Buyers Want -- If Printers Only Knew
IT’S THE $60 million question. What do print buyers want? If print providers only knew...With the first installment in an exclusive series of articles, Printing Impressions went right to the source and asked several print buyers for their open, honest...
Sustainable Print Is Hot --Morgan
THE INTEREST and activity regarding sustainability in print in the past year has grown leaps and bounds with major buying organizations. Our research at Print Buyers Online.com indicates that print buyers are beginning to consistently seek new solutions and up-to-date...
You Weren't Listening! --DeWese
WARNING! This column may be monitored or recorded for quality purposes. This means you, Marvelle Stump. No cussin’ while you are reading. No snoring. No spillin’ barbecue sauce on the pages of this magazine. No sassy back talk! No drinking...
Ramblings from the Road --Sherburne
THIS SUMMER has involved much more travel than I would have liked, but has resulted in some interesting bits and bytes that I thought I’d share with you. After recovering from Drupa, I was off again to Las Vegas for...
PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for October 2008...
SUPPLIER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for October 2008...
Franklin Event Draws 500
NEW YORK—Los Angeles may have its festive Academy Awards gala, but the Big Apple can lay claim to the annual Franklin Event, hosted by the Printing Industries Alliance (PIA). More than 500 people packed Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on...
Bolger Buys Bankrupt Competitor
MINNEAPOLIS—Bolger Vision Beyond Print has completed the acquisition of fellow Twin Cities printer Diversified Graphics. According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune , Bolger was the winning bidder at $10 million for the assets of Diversified, a deal approved by...
Bang Makes M&A Splash With Delta
BRAINERD, MN—Book manufacturer Bang Printing has obtained Delta Printing Solutions of Valencia, CA. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The combined company has 350 employees and will produce more than 15,000 titles annually....
Transcontinental Deal Expands Digital
MONTREAL—Transcontinental Inc. has acquired Rastar Inc., a Salt Lake City-based direct marketing company that specializes in variable data digital printing and interactive database marketing. Rastar is a $50-million-a-year performer that counts a number of Fortune 500 companies among its clients....
Ricoh Swings Accord to Acquire IKON
TOKYO—Ricoh Co. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire IKON Office Solutions through Ricoh’s wholly owned U.S. distribution subsidiary, Ricoh Americas, for approximately $1.62 billion ($17.25 per share). The deal is supported by Ricoh and IKON and has been approved...
Deluxe Cutting Facilities, 570 Jobs
ST. PAUL, MN—After a review of its cost structure in light of a weak U.S. economy, check printer Deluxe Corp. has decided to close manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, NC; North Wales, PA; and Thorofare, NJ. The company has also identified...
Creditors Seek to Sue Quebecor World
MONTREAL—Some creditors of bankruptcy-protected Quebecor World have asked the court for permission to file suit against the printer, seeking $376 million they claim was paid to 14 private lenders prior to bankruptcy to buy back its debt....
Marking 105 Years Young
Former printing company executive Arthur Wetzel, shown on the left, is the man of the hour during his 105th birthday celebration in August. Sharing in the festivities is Joe Davis, the president and CEO of Consolidated Graphics in Houston. Read...
The 2008 Gold Ink Award Winners
Printing Impressions is proud to present the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of the 2008 Gold Ink Awards, co-sponsored by Heidelberg and Quebecor World. More than 1,400 entries were received, some from as far away as Hong Kong and...