GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Gilson Graphics has purchased certain assets of Integra Inc., creating a company with projected annual sales of $30 million. Gilson is now able to offer its customers products and services such as offset and digital printing (including large formats), perfect binding, UV coating, aqueous coating and diecutting. Creative and mailing services are among the other capabilities garnered in the acquisition.
MATT ANSON’S quiver runneth over with “green” arrows. His multi-location binding, finishing and packaging company, Bindagraphics, is a mega corporation that has embraced sustainability practices across the board. And, those eco-measures are on time, on target and helping his postpress operation whizz past its competition. With each bulls-eye he hits, Anson is zeroing in on expanding business endeavors, as well as environmental cleanliness.
A year after officially announcing the intention to consolidate production of water-based inks, INX International Ink Co. recently opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Homewood, a southern suburb of Chicago. A larger facility than the ones INX closed in Kalamazoo, MI, and in nearby Elk Grove earlier this year, Homewood offers 80,000 square-feet of space and an interesting slice of history to go with its address at 1000 Maple Drive in the Prairie Landing Business Park.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—September 23, 2008—X-Rite, Inc. (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today unveiled the new i1 line of color management and calibration solutions. Featuring the new i1Basic and i1XTreme solutions, the i1 portfolio offers fully-featured color management systems at highly attractive price points, thereby simplifying the solution selection process for creative, photo, and prepress professionals. The new i1 family will be showcased at Photokina (booth # D050, hall 04.1, Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany, September 23-28, 2008) and at GRAPH EXPO (booth # 5214 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL October 26–29, 2008).
SCOTTSDALE, AZ--CRC Information Systems, Inc. (CRC) has begun providing adopters of its business management system with advanced implementation services that will allow them to make the transition from their current solution to THE System in as little as six weeks. "Previously we followed traditional software implementation methods and allowed the customer to determine training deadlines. Ultimately this approach often caused installations to take longer than necessary," explains Jeff Peck, CRC's general manager of training. "Our new procedures involve advanced preparation with specific completion dates for each client and incorporation of their data during training, which helps reduce the learning curve." CRC's new implementation strategy allows
BY CAROLINE MILLER When Steve Landheer's customers speak, he listens. The owner of Great Lakes Bindery—based in Grand Rapids, MI—knew that in order to remain in the trade bindery business, he had to find a way to meet his customers' increasing demand for faster turnaround. For the past 20 years, Great Lakes Bindery has specialized in mechanical book binding. Landheer's father decided to focus on mechanical binding after a major client agreed to exclusively use Great Lakes Bindery for its mechanical binding work as long as Great Lakes invested in the necessary equipment. And not much has changed in the mechanical book