Printing Impressions March 2012 edition


Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ March 2012 edition, featuring Mercersburg Printing and Franklin Imaging.

Aspirations to Never Give Up –DeWese

It’s happened to all of us. While sitting around having a drink with a few people, I start telling a story. The group is laughing their asses off and one of ’em says to me, “You really oughta write a book.”

Bindery Matters

Binding and finishing news briefs from Printing Impressions’ March 2012 edition, including Ry-Gan Printing and HardingPoorman Group installations.

Cathedral Corp. : Leading by Good Example

Cathedral is a $25 million provider of direct mail and transactional/promotional (transpromo) printing that is demonstrating the ability to lead by example and adopting the latest in digital printing technology, including a Xerox CiPress 500 waterless inkjet production press.

Come Together? PIA, NAPL Begin Merger Negotiations

A group of industry leaders convened to discuss the unification of the Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). The group reached a unanimous consensus to move forward with a plan.

Database Management : An Elementary Approach

In preparation for this issue's feature article on database management, we came up with the most vague question possible to ask printers: How do you add value to your customers' jobs through database management?

Edwards Brothers, Malloy Create ‘Mega’ Book Printer

Edwards Brothers and Malloy Inc., two prominent book manufacturers based here, merged on Feb. 6. The new firm is called Edwards Brothers Malloy and has combined sales of $115 million, making it the sixth largest book printer in the United States.

High-Speed Inkjet Presses : Real-World Experiences

Now that some of the early adopters of inkjet production presses have had a chance to shake out the jitters, where do things stand? What drove these companies to jump in early and what has their experience been?

Iconic Postcards Preserve Past –Cagle

The humble postcard has occupied a sentimental role in Americana, and though its diminished role may have evolved over the years, it continues to offer both artistic and cultural relevance. A fine example of this lies in Lake County, IL, where the Lake County Discover Museum houses the Curt Teich (as in tyke) Postcard Archives.

Lawmaker Accused of Nabbing Print Contracts

A Mississippi representative has been told to repay the state nearly $350,000 in public printing contracts that were awarded to his family printing business and to pay a $50,000 fine for the dealings, the Clarion Ledger reported. The accused lawmaker, Republican Rep. Kevin McGee, is one of several family members who own Service Printers.

Mobile Technologies : Adding More Value to Print

The use of mobile technologies—such as 2D barcodes, tags and Augmented Reality—by consumers is, at the moment, relatively limited. Marketers, advertisers and publishers realize this, but they are also aware that, in the not too distant future, that will change.

New Boss, Same As the Old Boss –Farquharson/Tedesco

"My business is terrible. The buying environment is worse now than at any time I can ever remember. I leave messages, but no one is returning my calls. Clients are killing me on price and customer loyalty is a contradiction in terms. If things continue as they are, I will not be able to compete."

OSHA Tells Forms Printer 
To Rehire Terminated Driver

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has ordered the reinstatement of a truck driver employed by Rowan Business Forms, who was fired after reporting safety concerns about the brakes on the truck he drove for the printing company.

Printer News

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

Printer Sues After Financing Is Pulled –Michelson

David Moyal has felt the fallout, first-hand, of just how difficult it's been for printing companies to secure financing for their businesses. The president of Color-Web, a unit of, contends the funding was pulled, not because his metro New York City-based printing operation was struggling, but more so due to the fact that the Great Recession crippled many printing concerns, making graphic arts industry loans overall a riskier investment.

Quality Creates Confidence

Allied Bindery's primary goal is to produce a high-quality book, and a close second is to allow for flexibility. Being an early embracer of hot melt polyurethane (PUR) adhesive for spine gluing has helped it achieve both.

Rohrer Corp. Acquires Hogue Printing Solutions

Rohrer Corp. (ranked No. 66 with $77.19 million in sales, according to the 2011 Printing Impressions 400) has announced the acquisition of Hogue Printing Solutions, based in Mesa, AZ. The acquisition expands Rohrer's presence in the package printing industry by geographically aligning a physical plant in combination with a dedicated Western sales force.

Supplier News

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


Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ March 2012 edition, including items on Indexx,, RR Donnelley, Cenveo, Lifetouch Church Directories & Portraits, Annan & Bird Lithographers, Concord Litho, NPG Printing, and Minuteman Press.

Why Equipment Lists Do Matter –Dana

Printers, it’s time to pay attention to the lowly equipment list. Admit that it’s much more than a matter-of-fact inventory of your hardware and software. Recognize it for what it is: a legitimate sales tool for key prospects.