Convenient financing options now available from Videojet Technologies Inc. can help manufacturers, commercial printers, converters and co-packers obtain the latest coding and printing technologies during challenging economic times — even when capital equipment budgets and cash flow availability are tight.

Many magazine writers cut their teeth slinging newsprint hash, including yours truly, and the demise of newspapers seems to me, at least, to be a fait accompli. How I hope I am dead wrong.

IN THE spirit of not only keeping you informed of the latest news and information regarding your favorite industry, we have decided to introduce a new feature, Printers’ Pulse, penned by yours truly. But, for this particular feature to hold any sustained interest, we will need you, the reader, to do a majority of the writing.

DETROIT—The newspaper community took another hit with the announcement that the city's two dailies will reduce home delivery to three days a week, printing smaller editions on non-delivery days and, gulp, encouraging people to get information online.

PAWTUCKET, RI—The new parent company may be called MATLET, but a better name may be Old School. Several companies former owner Quebecor World determined to be non-core are experiencing a bit of a renaissance under the new leadership of Gary Stiffler and MATLET. Following the buyout of five companies from Quebecor World for $70 million, four of the facilities saw their local ownership restored. The names, which predated Quebecor World ownership, are Acme Printing, Wilmington, MA; Central Florida Press, Orlando, FL; Nova Marketing Services of St. Louis; and Packaging Graphics, Pawtucket, RI. The other company is now called Premedia Services of Detroit. "We've received

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor High school guidance counselors are not the most enlightened folk. Nor, in general, do they typically put a lot of effort into their student academic assessment evaluations. People's Exhibit A: Michael Marcian, 54, president of Landover, MD-based Corporate Press, a highly successful and well-respected citizen of the commercial printing industry. But back in his school days, amazingly, Marcian was not ticketed for greatness. "I was one of the kids whose counselor told my mother, 'He should go to a vocational education program because we do not think he's college material.' Those kids sort of get pigeonholed as non-achievers," Marcian

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