QuadTech, Inc., the world's preeminent designer and manufacturer of automated print controls, today announced four new customer projects to start off 2009. After successful showings at drupa and All-in-Print China, QuadTech returned to home to complete product orders with Mid-Atlantic Graphics, Graphic Packaging, Progress Printing and Omnova.

WASHINGTON, DC—In a story broken by The Washington Times, the Government Printing Office (GPO) has repaid the State Department more than $51 million stemming from overcharges from the sale of millions of blank passports.

THE GULF COAST—It was, in the words of Ed Chalifoux, a tale of two cities in and around New Orleans. Neither story offered a happy conclusion. Chalifoux, the Printing Industry Association of the South's (PIAS) president, embarked on a 2,000-mile drive to visit members in the Mississippi cities of Jackson and Biloxi, and Louisiana cities including Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Big Easy offered a Jekyll and Hyde perspective. "...in the western section of New Orleans, I saw green grass, businesses open and people returning to their homes—a community trying to get back to normalcy," Chalifoux wrote in a letter to PIAS members. "Normal is

NEW ORLEANS—As the Gulf Coast continues to rebuild in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the printing industry—like much of the country—is doing whatever it can to ease the hardships experienced by the displaced citizens. For example, Xerox has pledged $2 million in cash and technical assistance. During PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, Böwe Bell + Howell and Komori Corp., among others, announced donations and employee matching funds for relief groups such as the American Red Cross. The Graphic Arts Show Co. also sought charitable contributions from show attendees. According to Ed Chalifoux, president of the Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS)—which covers

It's been a while since I've written about Marvelle Stump, America's worst, laziest and all-around most incompetent print salesperson. Marvelle sold his last real job back in 1987, just before his mama passed away. Mama Stump had been the print buyer at First Mississippi Bancorp and always took care of her baby. Marvelle is back home in Mississippi from his sojourn to California, where he failed to sell a single job for his employer, Sensitive & Safe Environmental Letterpress Inc. (California's only retro printing company). Yep. He's back in Mississippi. For the first three months, he sold printing for Lenny Thrilkill, the owner of

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