Arandell Corp. Changes Hands in Management Buyout
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI—Arandell Corp., which specializes in catalog printing and omni-channel solutions, announced that Board Chairman Don Treis and his family have sold the company to President Brad Hoffman and other members of management, effective Nov. 14.
“We are excited to build on Arandell’s strong reputation for extraordinarily high quality and service, while creating new opportunities for growth for the company, our customers and our employees,” said Hoffman. “We’ve already seen some of that success in the last year and we look forward to even more in the years ahead.”
Over the past seven years, the former owners of Arandell—the Treis family—prepared for a possible transition in ownership to a management team. The family hand-selected Hoffman, who brought in the current leadership team and worked collaboratively with the family to develop and implement a succession plan.
“Arandell has been an important part of our family for the past 66 years,” said Don Treis. “We are proud of the strong business we’ve built over the last seven decades. We know that we are leaving it in great hands with Brad and the rest of the management team. They share our passion for the people of Arandell and its customers, which is why I’m confident they will continue to grow the company and create new opportunities for our customers and employees.”
Online Provider Vistaprint Changes Name to Cimpress
VENLO, THE NETHERLANDS—The parent company of Vistaprint and other Web-to-print brands has changed its name to Cimpress N.V. The company plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next five years in the development of proprietary software and production technology, in order to evolve its operational capabilities into a shared mass-customization platform (MCP). The Cimpress MCP will aggregate the production volumes of the Cimpress portfolio of brands.
Cimpress intends to make this technology investment to advance its proprietary computer-integrated manufacturing technologies, which enable the company to mass customize personalized and unique physical products in small quantities at what it feels is affordable prices.
“We have a two decade history during which we have started a major market transformation, yet the next 20 years promise to be even more exciting,” said Robert Keane, president and CEO, Cimpress. “Businesses and consumers are still too often forced to choose between the ease and flexibility of digital communications and a more enduring tangible connection with their audience. We are changing that. Our mass customization and computer-integrated manufacturing technologies empower customers to make real and tangible connections with the simplicity of personalization that people have come to expect from today’s digital world.”
Founded by Keane in January 1995, Cimpress and its subsidiaries serve the apparel, printing and photo merchandise industries. Cimpress currently employs over 400 software and manufacturing engineers and more than 5,300 team members across 16 countries.
The improvements to the Cimpress mass-customization platform will be founded on the company’s existing technologies and production operations. Every year since 1999, the company has invested at least 10 percent of its revenues into technology and development, including $176 million in its latest fiscal year. During the past decade, the company said it has invested more than $1.3 billion in technology, development and capital investments.
“Over the next five years, we anticipate directing a significant part of our technology and development budget in support of our platform strategy in order to build intrinsic value per share,” noted Ernst Teunissen, CFO, Cimpress. “This level of investment is consistent with the company’s previously issued financial guidance for fiscal year 2015 and its longer-term intent to continue to expand margins and free cash flow per share.”
The company said that changing the corporate name to Cimpress clarifies the distinction between the corporate entity and its technology/operational mass-customization platform and its portfolio of customer-facing brands. These include Web-to-print names such as Vistaprint, Drukwerkdeal, Albelli and Pixartprinting.
The stock ticker symbol for the parent company has changed to Nasdaq: CMPR.
The company also announced that it has named Don Nelson as COO for Cimpress. In this role, Nelson will be directly responsible for building and advancing the mass-customization platform and will oversee several corporate functions.
In support of the multi-year technology plans, Cimpress is actively increasing its recruiting activities at its main development centers in Lexington, MA, and Winterthur, Switzerland. This will expand its foundation of engineering and software development competence in the fields of graphics processing, mass customization and computer-integrated manufacturing.
Attendees: Digital Book Printing Conference a Success
NEW YORK—More than 100 publishers, printers and equipment suppliers met in a Times Square hotel Wednesday for the first Digital Book Printing Conference. Braving morning temperatures in the 20s, attendees enjoyed a full day of education and networking aimed at taking strategic advantage of digital printing.
The enthusiasm in the Marriott Marquis conference room was high, as publishers and printers mingled and visited tables set up by sponsors. The program featured panels of publishers, book manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and book retailers, all relating their perspectives on digital printing. As Marco Boer, vice president of IT Strategies, summed up in his closing remarks, "There is a great deal of excitement, opportunity and commitment to investing in digital printing across these industries."
The Twitter tag #digibook was active during the conference. Here's a sampling of the day's top tweets:
#digibook paper over pixels. Memory loss from reading electronic... I don't know, I can't remember— VITS International (@VITSIntl) November 19, 2014
PIA Names 2015 Officers, Board of Directors
PITTSBURGH—Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced the election of its 2015 officers and board of directors. The installation ceremony took place Nov. 16 during the Printing Industries of America Fall Administrative Meetings held here.
Chairman of the Board—David Olberding, Phototype, Columbus, OH
David Olberding, co-CEO, Phototype, has devoted many years of volunteer service to the printing industry in Ohio. He has served as chairman of the board, treasurer and chair of the Education Committee of Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Olberding was appointed as the association representative to PIA in 2006. He has served PIA as first vice chairman, second vice chairman, Executive Finance Committee member, secretary to the board and as Marketing Committee chairman.
He has served on the board for the International Prepress Association (IPA) and is a former president of the Southwest Prepress Association. He is also a former chairman of the Photograph Committee of the Flexographic Technical Association.
First Vice Chairman—Bradley Thompson II, Inland Press, Detroit
Bradley Thompson II is a past chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan and currently serves as chairman of the Government Affairs and Labor Policy Committee of PIA.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Press Association and serves as government affairs chair of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association. Thompson also serves as vice chair of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
Second Vice Chairman—Curt Kreisler, Gold Star Printers, North Miami Beach, FL
Curt Kreisler has served two terms on PIA’s board of directors. He is currently the Association Relations Committee chairman and a member of its Finance and Investment Committees.
Kreisler has also been active with his local association, Printing Association of Florida. He also serves on its Executive Committee, chairs PAF’s Trade Show Council and is a member of the South Florida Coordinating Committee.
He also served seven years as a past board member for the National Association of Quick Printers and as its chairman of the board from 2001 to 2002.
Secretary to the Board—Bryan Hall, Graphic Visual Solutions, Greensboro, NC
Bryan Hall is CEO of Graphic Visual Solutions, one of North Carolina’s top printers. He also serves on the North Carolina A&T State University Print Advisory Board and Greensboro Sports Council.
Hall currently serves as chairman of his local affiliate—The Printing Industry of the Carolinas. He has also served on PIA’s board of directors for a number of years, as chairman of the Education Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee.
Treasurer—Michael Wurst, Henry Wurst Inc., Kansas City, MO
Michael Wurst is treasurer of PIA and a longstanding Association Relations Committee member. Wurst is also actively involved in his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, serving on the Executive Committee for four years, including one year as chair. He is the CEO of Henry Wurst, a 75-year-old, family-owned commercial printing company. Headquartered in North Kansas City, MO, Henry Wurst also has facilities in Denver.
Immediate Past Chair—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an officer on the PIA’s Board and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee chairman from 2009 to 2011, and is a current Finance Committee member. In addition to his involvement in PIA, he has served as co-chair and long-time director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) as well as its past chair. He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement and dedication to the printing industry, and he was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010. Ekstein’s local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.
Also joining the board of directors in 2015 are: Karen Fulton, Printing Industries Association of San Diego, representing the affiliate managers; Pat Ryan, Albany, NY, representing Printing Industries Alliance; Brad Johnson, Salt Lake City, representing Printing Industries of Utah; John LeCloux, Oak Creek, WI, representing Great Lakes Graphics Association; Michael Marcian, Lanham, MD, representing Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic; Lori Norcross, Doylestown, PA, representing Graphic Arts Association; and Ian Flynn, San Francisco, representing Visual Media Alliance.
Ex-CGX, Donnelley Exec Brown Joins Mimeo.com
NEW YORK—Mimeo.com, a provider of online, on-demand managed content distribution and printing of customized business documents and marketing materials, announced the appointment of Steven Brown as the company’s senior vice president of business development. Brown joins Mimeo with more than 27 years in sales and business development.
Prior to joining Mimeo, Brown worked for RR Donnelley (RRD) as president of CDS in Oregon, one of the largest offset/digital printing companies in the U.S. Western region. Prior to RR Donnelley’s acquisition of Consolidated Graphics (CGX), Brown held the title of executive vice president of international business development, where he led the development of CGX’s integrated digital print manufacturing operations in Europe and Asia.
Brown will lead Mimeo’s efforts creating strategic partnerships with Global 1000 companies using Mimeo’s cloud-based solutions. He will be a senior member of the sales and services management team helping drive go-to-market initiatives, both domestically and globally.
“We are excited Steve has joined our team at Mimeo,” said John Delbridge, CEO of Mimeo.com. “His deep knowledge about the industry, his extensive experience serving global 2000 companies and his relentless energy and ‘roll up the sleeves’ attitude are an invaluable combination. Our customers and team will benefit tremendously as we continue to accelerate our growth globally."
Fumes From Machine Sends Eight Workers to Hospital
MOONACHIE, NJ—A burning machine motor at the 4over plant here produced fumes that released an irritating odor that sent eight employees to the hospital on Nov. 14 and caused dozens more to be evaluated, reported the Cliffview Pilot.
Police Sgt. Jeff Napolitano told the Pilot that Moonachie police, firefighters and the first aid and rescue Squad responded—along with a Bergen County Hazardous Materials Unit—to the scene just before 2 p.m.
According to the newspaper, 39 sickened people were evaluated, with eight being taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital, following what amounted to a two-alarm call. The company did not immediately respond to Printing Impressions' request for comment.