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September 2007 Issue

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ACROSS the nation
Stitch in Time Saves Nine NORWELL, MA—Smith Print, a full-service commercial printer in the greater Boston area, recently installed a Vijuk 321-T saddlestitcher equipped with six pockets plus cover feeder. The new stitcher was sold and will be serviced locally...
BINDERY matters
Curtis Picks Up Landmark Diecutter SANDY HOOK, CT—Curtis Packaging has installed the first Heidelberg Dymatrix 142 CSB diecutter in the Western Hemisphere. It replaces a 30-year-old machine. The massive, 60-ton diecutter was shipped from Heidelberg Postpress production in Manchengladbach, Germany....
PIA/GATF Names InterTech Winners
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Adobe Succumbs, Removes Send to Button
SAN JOSE, CA—Adobe quietly announced on August 8 that it was removing the “Send to FedEx Kinko’s” menu option from its Reader and Acrobat applications. The FedEx Kinko’s function will be omitted from the Reader and Acrobat versions that are...
Bowne Closes Milwaukee Plant
NEW YORK—Bowne & Co. is closing its facility in Milwaukee as part of a plan to integrate its manufacturing capabilities. The move will result in the loss of approximately 100 jobs. Milwaukee’s digital facility will be integrated into Bowne’s South...
Printing Companies May Be Safe Investment
NEW YORK—Looking for a safe investment for your portfolio? You might want to diversify into printing company stocks. The Associated Press quoted a Longbow Research analyst as saying the commercial printing industry may be a safe sector to invest in...
Transcontinental Takes Aim at PLM Group
MONTREAL—Transcontinental Inc. is bidding to take control of Toronto-based PLM Group. Transcontinental has made a takeover bid of C$3.50 per share for PLM’s 29.5 million outstanding shares, with a total enterprise value, including debt, of $130 million. Barry Pike, founder,...
Rock Communications Acquires Colorfx
NEWTON, IA—Rock Communications, based here, has completed a deal to acquire Colorfx Inc. of Des Moines, IA. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The combined companies have approximately 400 employees in five facilities throughout central and northeastern Iowa. Combined...
Schumann Family Expands Press Capacity
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SUPPLIER news
Baum Going Strong at 90 SIDNEY, OH—Baumfolder Corp. is marking its 90th anniversary, having begun operations here in 1917. The company started out as a maker of floor-model paper folders, but has diversified into manufacturing and/or distributing a wide range...
New World of Color —Sherburne
PERHAPS THERE is nothing as pervasive in the printing industry as the familiar PANTONE Color guide books. We often live and die by our ability to match specific PANTONE Matching System (PMS) colors, and these 1,114 colors have been the...
UPFRONT
Quebecor World Endures Loss MONTREAL—Embattled printing giant Quebecor World was socked with a loss of $21.1 million for the second quarter, or 20 cents a share. That is more than three times the $6.5 million (11 cents) net loss from...
DIGITAL digest
Kodak Revs Its Engine for Graph Expo ROCHESTER, NY—With Graph Expo 2007 just around the corner, Eastman Kodak recently leveraged its sponsorship of a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver to stage a memorable analyst and press briefing event. The company...
Legalities of Telecommuting —Fiorenza
ANEW societal struggle based not on physical characteristics but instead on values, family dynamics and technological changes is once again transforming the workplace. As most human resource managers will tell you, employees belonging to the newer generations (i.e., post-Baby Boomers)...
Stay in the Driver’s Seat —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES IN EASILY one of the more fun field trips this reporter has had the opportunity to take, our good friends at Eastman Kodak brought customers, journalists and analysts up to Rochester, NY, for a pre-Graph Expo roundup....
Ledbetter Act a Litigation Issue
The House is expected to hold a floor vote on H.R. 2831, the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.” The bill would virtually eliminate the current statute of limitations on employment discrimination claims. In effect, a discrimination claim could be filed...
Tribute to Excellence —Michelson
ALTHOUGH THEY’VE taken different paths to earn their places in the 2007 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, this year’s class of inductees portray several common traits that have led to successful business careers and the admiration among their...
PRINTER news
Commercial printer Alcom, of Harleysville, PA, has hired a new territory manager/solutions provider: John Newswanger, a 21-year veteran of Acorn Press. Warren Dow, president of Trend Offset Printing in Los Alamitos, CA, has been promoted to president and CEO. Dow...
2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame — Master of the Deal - Chris Colville
NO MATTER how many times Chris Colville sat down with a legal pad and calculator to perform due diligence in analyzing a potential acquisition for Consolidated Graphics (CGX) of Houston, he kept two things in mind. One, it required sound...
Printing Contests — Judging is Art and Science
EVERY YEAR, hundreds of printing companies around North America—indeed, around the world—confer with customers and designers on which pieces should be entered in the scores of contests held each year by industry associations, publications and manufacturers, just to name a...
2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame — Building a Golden Dome - Tim Poole
FROM THE time he was a young man, Tim Poole wanted to be in the position to make a difference in a printing company. That he loves every aspect of printing—from planning to manufacturing and distribution—and has worked down in...
2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame —Fearlessly Embracing Technology - Gary Samuels
EMBRACING technology in the first generation of a product’s release is generally frowned upon. Price points are spiky, and more often than not, there are bugs that need to be worked through before the long-promised automation, efficiencies and cost savings...
2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame — Appreciation for People - David Torok
EMPLOYEES INVARIABLY take their demeanor cues from senior management. An environment that fosters loyalty breeds wall crashers. An atmosphere of distrust and suspicion breeds wall builders. Young employees are like children in the sense that they are at an impressionable...
Rider Dickerson — Roommate Wanted
IT WASN’T all that long ago that it was considered taboo for a man and a woman to cohabit prior to marriage. But times have changed and, despite disapproving nods from conservative circles, the alarmingly high U.S. divorce rate lends...
Environmental Compliance — Being ‘Green’ Reduces Red Ink
IN RECENT years, a significant increase in the emphasis placed on “environmentally friendly” business practices has occurred throughout the nation. Caused in part by a national trend toward “eco-friendly” processes that seems to include all segments of society, this trend...
The Barnhart Group — Trumpeting Family Business
WHAT WOULD you give up for a life in the music business? Brent Barnhart unwittingly sacrificed his childhood. Barnhart, chairman of The Barnhart Group in Canton, OH, wasn’t always in the sheetfed printing business, though the firm has been in...
Modern Postcard — Direct Mail Pioneer
MORE THAN a billion postcards have been printed there, yet none are what most people would think of as typical postcards. And, that’s because the postcards created, printed and mailed from Carlsbad, CA-based Modern Postcard are anything but typical. Forget...
Hurricane Katrina — After the Storm
NEVER BEFORE has the face of the commercial printing industry changed so drastically, so quickly or so permanently. After one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history hit New Orleans in August 2005, two-thirds of The Big Easy’s printers were...
Substrate Options —‘Paper or Plastic?’
WHEN IT comes to printing on paper, the field is crowded and the competitive situation is intense. Commercial printers looking for ways to differentiate themselves have cast an eye on the market for printing on plastic as a way to...