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September 2008 Issue

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UPFRONT
Canterbury Closes Its Doors ROME, NY—Employee-owned Canterbury Press closed its doors in July, leaving 42 employees without jobs, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch. The company produced sheetfed commercial work, as well as periodicals. $10M Investment for Royle SUN PRAIRIE, WI—Royle...
EFI ‘Connects’ With 500 of Its Users
LAS VEGAS—EFI’s acquisition of MIS competitor Pace Systems Group for approximately $21 million in cash came as a surprise announcement during EFI’s Connect 2008 users group meeting held recently at the Wynn Las Vegas. Marc Olin, senior vice president and...
Paper Mill Explosion Kills Three
TOMAHAWK, WI—A July 29 explosion at the Packaging Corp. of America’s paper mill here claimed the lives of three workers and injured another. According to the Associated Press, the men died when a tank used to store recycled fiber exploded...
PIA/GATF Names InterTech Winners
PITTSBURGH—The PIA/GATF has released the names of the winning technologies for its 2008 InterTech Technology Awards. The winners, along with their technologies, include: Alwan Dynamic Device-Links from Alwan Color Expertise; EskoArtwork Neo from EskoArtwork; POLAR P.A.C.E. cutting systems from Heidelberg...
Cox to Sell Valpak, Some Newspapers
ATLANTA—Cox Enterprises has hired Goldman Sachs to assist in the sale of Valpak, its cooperative direct mail advertising arm, and is also putting most of its newspaper holdings on the block as the company seeks to make investments in technology...
Economy Prompts Quad to Scale Back
SUSSEX, WI—About 100 employees, mostly in administrative positions throughout Quad/Graphics’ Wisconsin workforce, were let go due to the economy’s impact on the printer. According to Claire Ho, marketing communications director for Quad, the length of the economic slump necessitated the...
NewPage Shutters Wisconsin Mill
KIMBERLY, WI—NewPage Corp. closed its coated freesheet paper mill here at the end of August. The move resulted in the loss of 475 jobs, in addition to the 125 employees impacted by the shutdown of its No. 95 paper machine...
ACROSS the Nation
Technology Drives Business Growth FALL CREEK, WI—Mail Source, a provider of integrated direct mail solutions, has added a Domino dual-head, drop-on-demand (DoD) imaging system to complement its existing capacity. This additional line can duplex personalize plastic cards at extremely high...
Vertis Scores Big on Turn (Two) Times —Cagle
EVER SAT down to watch a NASCAR event? Many people can’t bear the thought of watching cars going around and around in a circle, as the criticism goes, and often the weekly race is about as exciting as watching freeway...
Don’t Let Graph Expo Opportunity Pass By —Michelson
NO QUESTION about it. The U.S. economy continues to sputter, and so do the overall business conditions facing most commercial printers. But, even if capital equipment expenditures and software upgrades aren’t on your radar screen for the remainder of 2008,...
USPS: Gotta Keep It Real
In late July, the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, the Postal Service and the District of Columbia held a hearing: “The Three Rs of the Postal Network Plan: Realignment, Right-Sizing and Responsiveness” to examine the forward-looking plan submitted recently by...
J.S. McCarthy — Driving Out Costs, Waste
OF ALL the avenues a general commercial printer can take for increasing its profit margin, raising prices to customers is the one option that isn’t likely to produce the desired results. Indeed, it takes a hearty printer to compete in...
IT Gurus — Tech Trek: Search for Stars
WHILE IT applications in the printing industry find their roots in the early ’90s, their diverse applications in today’s digital environment is where they are finding their true calling. And calling is exactly what customers are doing—requesting more IT-based products...
New York Printers — Perceptions Cloud Reality
PERHAPS NO other state in the nation is as heralded and hated, lauded and lampooned, and adored and abhorred, as much as New York. But let’s be frank...99 percent of the ill will is directed at New York City. You...
New York Printers — One State, Two Worlds
REMEMBER VARICK Street? It used to be teaming with printers, until Trinity Church Real Estate—with extensive holdings on Varick—opted not to renew many printer leases about 10 years ago. Alas, the real estate boom eroded a fine tradition, as many...
GREEN Scene
Green Printer Promotes ‘Blue Air’ PHOENIX—As Arizona’s only employee-owned commercial printing company, O’Neil Printing is used to thinking outside the box. Which is why it comes as no surprise to those familiar with the company (especially its clients and friends...
DIGITAL digest
Ricoh Revs Up For Graph Expo CHICAGO—More than one year after announcing the formation of its Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) and the development of a high-end, digital color printer, Graph Expo 2008, being held here next month, will mark...
Wide-Format Ink-Jet — Digital Printing Goes Flat
FLATBED MODELS are currently a hot trend in the wide-format ink-jet printer segment and were spotlighted by exhibitors at Drupa 2008 earlier this year. This technology puts the emphasis on volume production for more everyday applications, not the spectacular building...
The Survey Says — State of Wide-Format
Printing Impressions and InfoTrends have recently conducted a survey of Printing Impressions’ readers that focused on their use of wide-format digital printing equipment. The respondents to the survey fell into two main groups: in-plant operations and print-for-pay establishments. Participants were...
BINDERY matters
TSK Names HBSI as U.S. Distributor PLAINFIELD, IN—TSK (Tokyo Shuppan Machinery) and TSK America announce the appointment of Hines Bindery Systems (HBSI), based here, as the exclusive U.S. and Canadian distributor of TSK’s line of perfect binders, gathering machines, tipping...
Graph Expo 2008 — No Reason to Stay Home
POETS HAVE long waxed lyrical about spring and its signifying of renewal in life, with birds joyfully singing amid blooming flowers on warm, sunny days, and pixies dropping magic dust everywhere. Well, it says here that a strong case can...
Why Customers Walk Away —Morgan
EVER WONDER why that once-great customer no longer returns your phone calls? Get the feeling that you’ve been kicked out, but you don’t know why? It’s no wonder that printers experience this mysterious disappearing act, as close to 50 percent...
Evolving into Drupa 2012 —Sherburne
AT THE recent EFI Connect 2008 users conference in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion with my esteemed colleagues, Dennis Mason of Mason Consulting and Forrest Leighton of Canon USA. The primary topic was...
SUPPLIER news
Kevin Joyce, chief marketing officer of Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, is now a member of The Print Council’s Executive Committee. The Print Council is a business development alliance dedicated to promoting the greater use of print media. manroland Canada has...
PRINTER news
New Plant Draws Large Crowd ALEXANDRIA, VA— DigiLink welcomed about 325 guests to an open house in celebration of its new, 39,000-square-foot facility. The new building allowed DigiLink to consolidate its printing and bindery operations under one roof. According to...
Sell! And Save the Economy! --DeWese
THIS BAD economy thing has made me mad. Rip roarin’, snortin’, fire dirt kickin’ mad. I’m afraid to call it a recession. No two economists can agree on what it is. Whatever it is, it’s lousy. It’s causing deep, dark...