Quad's TN Plant a Victim of Lost Insert Work
DICKSON, TN—The loss of Gannett's USA Weekend supplement and a reduction in the circulation of Parade magazine have prompted Quad/Graphics to announce the permanent closure of its retail insert printing plant here effective next March. The move will result in the loss of a total of 115 full- and part-time positions.
All production will wrap up on or before March 15, according to Claire Ho, director of corporate communications for Sussex, WI-based Quad/Graphics. Ho told The Tennessean that USA Weekend and Parade production represent about one-third of the facility's total volume.
The decision was announced in a letter to vendors from David Blais, executive vice president of global procurement and platform strategy for Quad/Graphics. Blais said that Gannett's decision to cease publication of USA Weekend effective with the Dec. 28 issue was unexpected.
"Sunday magazines represent a large percentage of the Dickson plant’s total volume and, after careful consideration, we have determined there is no way to replace this lost work," Blais wrote. "Therefore, it does not make sense to continue operating the Dickson plant."
The approximately 90 full-time and 25 part-time employees affected by the closure will have the opportunity to transfer to another Quad/Graphics facility, Ho told the newspaper.
Nationwide Sells McQuiddy; Facility Closed
NASHVILLE, TN—McQuiddy, a Nationwide Argosy Solutions company and a staple of the business community here for more than 100 years, has been sold to Geographics Inc. of Atlanta, according to The Tennessean. McQuiddy employees were informed of the sale last week and its 83,000-square-foot plant was being auctioned off online.
The newspaper said that most production workers and all but eight salespeople had been laid off. The catalog, magazine and direct mail production done at McQuiddy will be transferred to Geographics' Atlanta facility.
McQuiddy Printing was started by J.C. McQuiddy in 1903 and remained a family-owned firm for three more generations until it was sold to Master Graphics in 1988. Nationwide assumed management of McQuiddy in 2001 after Master Graphics filed for bankruptcy, The Tennessean reported.
The last family members involved in the business, David and Webb McQuiddy, left the company earlier this year, the paper said.
Houston-based Nationwide Argosy now consists of six companies: Franklin Dodd Communications of Hialeah, FL; Jones Co. of Chattanooga, TN; Offset Atlanta; Page International Communications of Houston; and The Whitley Group of Austin, TX.
Former Packard Press Owner Dies in Accident
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL—The former owner of Philadelphia-based financial printer Packard Press and his companion were struck and killed while crossing the street near their home here Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
A 2007 Lexus RX350 driven by Boca Raton, FL, resident Mark Lasman hit both Philip Kendall, 85, and Francine Freedman, 80. Freedman was pronounced dead at the scene, while Kendall was pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center, the newspaper said.
No charges have been filed against the driver, who remained at the scene. Traffic homicide detectives are still investigating the accident.
Kendall and Freedman had moved to the beachside community just earlier this week.
A spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office told the Inquirer that a nonfunctioning streetlight may have been a determining factor in the accident.
Mr. Kendall was an active businessman in the printing and publishing industry. In addition to Packard Press, he was owner and publisher of the Legal Intelligencer and Dorland's Medical Directory.
Packard Press was obtained by Curtis Publishing, and Mr. Kendall assumed the role of vice president in charge of the commercial printing division in 1967. He repurchased Packard in 1969, then resold it to Basic Resources in 1978.
He continued to work in the printing industry, becoming president and CEO of Global Financial Press, as well as chairman and CEO of GCOM2 Solutions. Mr. Kendall also served as vice chairman of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.
He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Bunny.
New Tukaiz Fulfillment Space Now Functional
FRANKLIN PARK, IL—Tukaiz, a marketing services production company, announced that its new, 120,000-square-foot fulfillment center is now fully functional. Located at the company’s headquarters campus, the fulfillment center replaces a two-story building that Tukaiz acquired, then completely gutted and refitted to meet its own exacting specifications.
The new center is equipped with modern storage capabilities designed for fast, efficient access, as well as sustainable fixtures, such as LED lighting and energy-saving heating, A/C and ventilation systems. The firm’s finishing department also has been relocated to the new space so that customer orders can be finished and stored on-site and/or assembled and packaged quickly, even to multiple destinations.
The fulfillment center supports Tukaiz's product and service offerings, including advertising and creative; software development; offset, digital and large-format print production; and inventory management and fulfillment. Those utilizing the company’s Backstage integrated marketing and inventory software already have benefited from the firm’s fulfillment and shipping services. The additional space allows Tukaiz to accommodate growing demand from these customers and others looking for end-to-end production and fulfillment that reduces time-to-market.
Among the features of the fulfillment center is its security, which strictly limits access to certain areas of the building in order to keep sensitive customer products under wraps. These can take the form of promotional materials with codes that consumers can submit for special discounts, or even for storage of exclusive or expensive "giveaway" items for customers.
"We’re proud of our new fulfillment center, which has been a work in progress for several months while it was being renovated," said Carl Rozkuszka, director of operations for Tukaiz. "We now have much needed space to better serve both our existing and new customers. Locating the finishing division in the same building improves our internal efficiencies for getting our customers’ orders completed and shipped more quickly—sometimes on a same-day schedule."
The fulfillment center is located adjacent to the company’s headquarters building. It brings the Tukaiz campus to a total of 250,000 square feet, with approximately 245 employees in all divisions.
Navigating the World of UV Printing to Add Value (Free Webinar Still Available On-Demand)
PHILADELPHIA—The world of sheetfed UV printing can seem intimidating, and some printers assume that the technology is reserved for the world of packaging and labels. But a little education can go a long ways, and what better way to study the subject from a neophyte standpoint than to have a pair of newcomers describe their experiences?
In "The Cold Cured Facts on UV Solutions for Sheetfed Printing Applications," lead presenter Clarence Penge, vice president sheetfed, product management, for Heidelberg USA, provided a 30,000-foot perspective on the why-to question, as well as a granular look at the science behind the technology.
Some of the basic areas covered by Penge on the subject of why-to included: shorter delivery times; higher added value; an increased range of printed products; a trend toward higher quality surface finishing; less production risk; and lower VOCs for environmental friendliness.
Joining Penge on the Webinar was Dave Pauley, president of Neyenesch Printers in San Diego; and Norm Bullock, vice president of Frankston Packaging, in Frankston, TX. Both companies are relative newcomers to the world of UV printing and they provided insight as to why they decided to enter this market and the bumps that were experienced along the way.
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Imagine! Express Minneapolis Facility Adds Press
MINNEAPOLIS—Imagine! Print Solutions, an independent commercial and packaging printing provider, has installed a new 41" KBA Rapida 105 press with fully automated quality control and vision inspection systems at its newest division, Imagine! Express Minneapolis. This is the eighth KBA press installed at an Imagine! Print Solutions facility.
Imagine! Express Minneapolis, an Imagine! Print Solutions-owned company formerly known as DigiGraphics, has experienced sales growth of more than 200 percent since 2012, according to Bob Lothenbach, Imagine!'s president and founder. In an effort to continue building on that success, the Rapida 105 was ushered in as the centerpiece of a capex initiative
"These capabilities will complement the already robust offerings in large- and grand-format UV printing, framing and interior décor solutions," Lothenbach said. "The upgrades, additions and enhancements will create a single facility with some of the most extensive capabilities available anywhere. Imagine! Express Minneapolis already has a powerful local presence, driven by the strength of a thriving national company.”
The newly-installed, 41" KBA Rapida 105 press at Imagine! Express Minneapolis joins seven more KBA Rapida presses at Imagine’s facility located in Shakopee, MN: an 81˝ Rapida 205, two 64˝ Rapida 162 presses and four 41˝ Rapida presses. All presses are fully equipped with KBA quality control technology and fully automated processes, including a host of drying solutions.
"KBA has been our press partner for nearly 10 years," added Lothenbach. "In 2005, we purchased the first six-color, 81" Rapida 205 press in North America. Since then we have added several additional KBA presses to maintain the quality level and provide us with the best possible performance from our litho department. Its commitment to our market and sheet size requirements is what sets KBA apart from its competition.”
To accommodate the additional space required to install more production equipment, including the new KBA press, Imagine! Express purchased an 80,000-square-foot facility next door to its current location near downtown Minneapolis.
"This name change, and more importantly this major investment we are making, will provide local clients—which made Imagine! what it is today—a company focused on service and quality, driven by technology. In addition, we would like to see Imagine! Express locations throughout the country, helping support our major clients in their local markets. This is the beginning of that vision," Lothenbach added.
Nahan Printing Fills Capacity on New Inkjet Press
ST. CLOUD, MN—Digital output has been an integral component of the production mix at Nahan Printing since the 1990s. An independent provider of commercial printing, direct mail and digital solutions, the company recently installed a Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ continuous-feed inkjet press to enable full digital color web printing and 100 percent variability from test to high-volume rollout projects.
The Truepress Jet520ZZ has been operating virtually nonstop since its installation, according to Michael Nahan, company CEO.
"The Truepress is booked 24 hours a day," Nahan said. "The only time the press is not running is when we are changing paper rolls. In terms of run time, cost of operation, dependability and quality, everything about the Truepress has met our expectations. High-speed color inkjet is a stable printing platform, and it was the right time to embrace it."
Nahan Printing was founded in 1962 with 15 employees. The Nahan family stills owns and operates the printing company, but the business’ size and scope have grown significantly. A total of 450 full-time employees work at two facilities with a combined size of nearly 500,000 square feet. The St. Cloud headquarters specializes in commercial and custom printing, while the sister plant in Sauk Rapids, MN, emphasizes complicated direct mail products.
Nahan Printing caters to high-end clients such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. The G7 Master Qualified print provider has earned numerous awards in major print quality competitions. Its product portfolio comprises three categories: catalogs for the luxury retail business; complementary folded self-mailers; and inserted mail, primarily acquisition direct mail targeted toward the credit card, finance and insurance markets.
Many of Nahan Printing’s clients are experimenting with digital offerings, and continuous-feed inkjet has proven more cost-effective for the longer run lengths.
"Clients are implementing testing programs to prove whether they are increasing conversion rates and producing ROI through greater personalization on direct mail campaigns," Nahan said.