Printing Impressions August 2011


ACROSS the nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition, featuring items on The Foresight Group and Mercury Print Productions.

Advice Worthy of T-Shirts –DeWese

Eighty percent of success is showing up. So said Woody Allen. Damn, I wish I had said that. I think I'll embellish it, and then it will be mine and I can make up some t-shirts. My version would be, "Ninety percent of success is showing up with a little talent." See? I changed it a lot. Look for the bold changes I made below.

BINDERY matters

Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition, featuring items on Springboard Development, Grand River Printing & Imaging and Vestcom.

Blockbuster Trade for Quad, Transcontinental

Quad/Graphics will acquire Transcontinental's Mexican operations and sell its Canadian operations to Transcontinental, with the exception of Quad/Graphics' Vancouver, British Columbia, facility.

Camp CMS Boosts Websites –Farquharson/Tedesco

Relatively new content management system (CMS) tools, such as Wordpress and Drupal, greatly reduce the technical know-how needed by printers to maintain a fresh-looking Website. Once your site has been designed and launched by a professional Web developer, CMS tools help your company or an outside marketing resource deliver the timely, dynamic content your visitors—and customers—crave.

CGX Obtains Windy City’s RT Associates

Consolidated Graphics (CGX) has signed a letter of intent to acquire Chicago-based RT Associates. RT Associates offers a full suite of marketing campaign management tools, as well as digital and offset printing (including large-format), and fulfillment services.

Creating the Right Mix

Solving problems beyond print has been a way of business for Alexandria, VA-based Global Printing since the day Jerry Dreo, founder and former president, started the company in 1979. Global Thinking is its creative/marketing services and software development business unit that provides clients with Web design and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), e-mail marketing, database development, printing and mailing, as well as 
e-commerce and fulfillment.

Filling the Mid-Range Void

About two years ago, Hudson moved from a conventional, film-based platemaking process to a computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow.

GRAPH EXPO’s Growing Role

If the printing company of tomorrow is going to look vastly different than it did even just five or 10 years ago, then it stands to reason that the printing trade show of tomorrow is due for an infusion that goes beyond Botox and a fanny implant. These changes will be more philosophical than cosmetic,…

How Buyers View MSPs –Dana

Some printers started offering one or two campaign-type services (like variable data printing or Web-to-print) and called themselves Marketing Services Providers (MSPs). It's this shallow, in-name-only 
rebranding that I object to, not the fact that printers must evolve.

Longtime Philly Print Shops Merge

Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co. (SED), which was established in 1880, and Graphic Arts Inc., which dates back to 1928, have merged. Each company will continue to do business under its present name. However, operations will be combined into the 120,000-square-foot SED facility.

Meaningful Enough to Print

Religious publishing and related items—church bulletins, catalogs and kitting—represent a lion's share of the work produced at Ambrose Printing. For the past 30-plus years, the company has enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship with one of the country's largest religious publishers.

New Standard for Events

Consolidated Graphics continues to conduct its can-you-top-this educational and fraternal emerge event, the most recent of which was held May 17-20 in Dallas. This year's extravaganza boasted nearly 1,000 attendees—CGX finally had to cap its guest list, notes Aaron Grohs, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Padgett Printing Is Closing

Padgett Printing, a commercial printing, packaging and direct mail specialist with business roots that trace back more than 100 years, is winding down toward a closure, President and CEO David Torok has confirmed. At press time, no date had been set for the shutdown of the company, which employs about 65 people.

Poignant Memories of ‘The 9/11 Trade Show’ –Michelson

Like many in our industry, I was in Chicago at the PRINT 01 trade show. Slated to fly home to Philadelphia later that day, I never made it to O'Hare Airport before all planes were grounded, and ended up in Chicago three extra days before securing a rental car to drive home.

Print Worker Risks Life, Saves Trucker –Cagle

Michael Widmark, a third-shift worker at Taylor, MI-based Printwell Inc., had his commute home early one morning end up meaning the difference between life and death for a Canadian neighbor. Widmark's journey home on June 8 was interrupted by the incredible sight of one tractor trailer slamming into a flatbed truck that had been parked along the side of Interstate 94.


Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition.

Sales Relationships : Don’t Cut Out Print Buyers

Is it wise or profitable to seek out requisitioners or corporate-level types, as opposed to print buyers, in search of work? As printers take on more of the services that have traditionally been identified with advertising agencies, can the marketing-evolved printer play nice with an ad agency client?


Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ August 2011 edition

Think Patented : Leading a Revolution

The revolution in the printing industry is one of survival, of technology and redefining and reinvention. Think Patented boasts of offering digital static and variable data printing, mailing, fulfillment, promotional products and other Web-based solutions to go with its sheetfed offset printing arsenal.

Toppan America, Peeq Media Unite

Peeq Media and Toppan America, the U.S. subsidiary of Toppan Printing, have agreed to combine their respective commercial printing businesses serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The newly formed company will be called Toppax.


Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on InnerWorkings, BurdgeCooper, Fry Communications, Pointsmith, American Press, RR Donnelley, Solisco Printers, The Kennickell Group and a Sir Speedy.

Valpak Launches QR Code Campaign

Over the course of two months, Valpak is mailing to more than 80 million households with QR codes on the outside of the envelope and on individual inserts. This is the first national QR campaign for Valpak.