Printing Impressions July 2012


Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ July 2012 edition, featuring DiscPro Graphics and Marrs Printing & Packaging.

Bindery Matters

Binding and finishing news briefs from Printing Impressions’ July 2012 edition, featuring Courier Corp. and Invitation Consultants.

Charging Fees Like the Airlines –Farquharson/Tedesco

Yet when it comes to charging for things that should be included, airlines are allowed to get away with murder. Perhaps we can learn something from this high-flying model. Here are a few ideas—presented with tongue firmly pressed into the cheek—but offered to get you thinking...

Creating Content, Memories

Consolidated Graphics’ 2012 emerge conference and expo got off to a rousing start with a private parade through the streets of New Orleans. CGX then rolled out a blue-ribbon panel of keynote speakers, led by Bob Griese—legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer.

Death, Damage Left by Fire Leave Paper Mill Shut Down

An explosion and fire on May 28 rocked the Verso Paper plant here, claiming the life of a 50-year-old employee and injuring four others, the St. Cloud Times reported. More than 50 fire departments and other agencies responded to the blaze, which caused substantial damage to the mill's paper warehouse and infrastructure, including the electrical system.

Lessons from ‘No-Print Day’ Debacle –Michelson

I can’t recall an issue that got the printing industry at large more fired up of late than Toshiba America Business Solutions’ ill-conceived “National No-Print Day” campaign, which encouraged people and companies not to print or copy anything on Oct. 23 to help “raise awareness of the impact that printing has on our planet.”

Mastering Social Media

Many printers have embraced the power of social media. However, being able to harness social media has proven tricky for many in the graphic arts industry, and indecipherable for some. There are common traps and pitfalls that can hinder your online marketing efforts.

Monson Goes ‘Undercover’ –Cagle

CBS’ “Undercover Boss” television show recently featured FASTSIGNS International President and CEO Catherine Monson, who spent nearly 30 years with franchise printer PIP Printing/Sir Speedy. “The whole process was exhausting and grueling. But it was a load of fun and a great way to get a completely different view into the company and how to make it better,” Monson said.

Politics, Printing Mix While Colorfx Touts Deal for Acme

Following a joint press conference with Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds that threw support behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while ripping President Obama for being "fundamentally hostile" to job creators, Colorfx announced the acquisition of Acme Printing, the Quad-City Times reported.

Printer News

Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ July 2012 edition.

Printing What Matters

Chicago-based Werner Printing & Engraving is one of the largest engraving and specialty printers in the Midwest. Werner's team of highly-specialized employees, buoyed by a crew of master craftsmen and women with an average of 25 years engraving experience, appreciate that their work will be carefully perused, coddled and admired for years to come.

RRD Acquiring EDGAR Online, Closing Old Danbury Printing

RR Donnelley has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EDGAR Online in a deal valued at approximately $70.5 million. In other company news, Donnelley is closing its Danbury, CT, facility, a move that will impact 145 employees, according to Greenwich Time.

Screen Demos Wide Range of Technology Offerings

A highlight of Screen’s “Take a Closer Look” event was a series of brief testimonial presentations by current users of its equipment. Executives from several printing companies discussed their experiences with Screen Truepress inkjet printing systems and PlateRite computer-to-plate (CTP) units.

Supplier News

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ July 2012 edition.

Texas Stalwart Motheral Acquired by Ovation Graphics

After 78 years of family ownership, Jim Motheral, president of Motheral Printing, announced that his company has been sold to Ovation Graphics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ovation also recently purchased Fort Worth's Branch-Smith Printing and is affiliated with Ussery Printing, of Irving, TX.


Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ July 2012 edition, including items on Vistaprint, RR Donnelley, Tidewater Direct, QuadDirect, Cenveo and Hiedelberg.

Xerox Focuses Forward at Real Business Live

Xerox didn't miss a beat during its recent “Focus Forward: Rochester, Real Business Live” event for area customers and prospects, held in concert with the Rochester International Jazz Festival. It featured a fast-paced, talk show format featuring interviews with regional digital printers, marketers and industry analysts.