IF THIS magazine chose to hand out an award for the biggest newsmaker of the year, the 2008 honor would go to Quebecor World (QW), hands down. One might contend that the attention, while merited, is not the type of exposure a company would want: Financing issues, trying to sell an unprofitable venture and muddling through with bankruptcy in two countries. But Quebecor World is a printer for our economic times, the No. 2 in North America at a time when market leaders (Circuit City, AIG, Lehman Bros.) have come crashing down.
THERE ARE those for whom life is a game to be won, a foe to be vanquished, or a trial to endure. And then there are those for whom life is a treasure to appreciate, a companion to love and a wonderful memory waiting to happen. Ralph Johnson fits into the latter category.
To help solidify branding and enhance name recognition, the Goodway Group of Companies, headquartered in Philadelphia, announced that its Massachusetts plant has changed its name from Goodway Graphics to Goodway Group of Massachusetts. Their sister facility near Washington, DC, has changed to Goodway Group of Virginia. In other company news, both the Massachusetts and Virginia plants are now FSC certified. The Print Council announced that GLS Companies, Brooklyn Park, MN; The Hickory Printing Group, Hickory, NC; Jet Inc., Downers Grove, IL; and Lake County Press, Waukegan, IL, have joined the organization. As new members, the companies will work in concert with other member companies
WASHINGTON, DC—January 28, 2008—Membership in the organization that is promoting the marketing and promotional power of print continues to grow. Jet, Inc. and Lake County Press have joined The Print Council as full members. Jeff Norby, Jet’s President, will also serve on the Marketing Steering Committee to the Print Council’s Board. “Jet joined the Council because we are quite aware and concerned that print has become somewhat marginalized or commoditized in the eyes of both clients and suppliers,” he says. The Print Council is working to turn that perception around. “We believe in the value of print as a very important component in a
DC Area Printer Elects a Winner UPPER MARLBORO, MD—In close proximity to the nation’s capital, family owned District Creative Printing provides services to groups that cater to the federal government, one of which is trade associations. Already operating a fleet of five MAN Roland presses, District Creative Printing recently installed a new five-color Roland 700 HiPrint press with in-line coater, making it the first shop in the Mid-Atlantic with the recently launched midsize model. New Press Keeps Shop In Vogue WAUKEGAN, IL—The difference is “like night and day,” says Pete DePerte, vice president and co-owner of Vogue Printers, comparing the difference between
By Erik Cagle Ralph Johnson doesn't need to consult the Yellow Pages to realize that Lake County Press is up to its eyes in competition around the Chicago area. Thus, the CEO of the Waukegan, IL-based sheetfed printer considers the company's motto, "Whatever it Takes," essential to its success. "The service component is one aspect that makes us unique," notes Johnson. "Obviously the quality has to be there, and we don't take a back seat to anybody in that regard. So the defining characteristic is exceptional service, which has enabled us to do well in a down economy." Lake County Press' executive team