Top 50: Doing more with less 

Jun 01, 2003

Kreger Printing, of Cincinnatti, has become a leaner, meaner business during the economic recession. Vice president Jack Noe shares insights on the company's survival.

Top 50: From international to local 

Jun 01, 2003

Print company Calsonic Miura Graphics, of Irvine, CA, has become ColorGraphics-Orange County, and managed to merge two different cultures for profitable local sales.

Real-world MIS 

Apr 01, 2003

In the February feature Making the best MIS choice, we reviewed management-information-system (MIS) trends and selection guidelines. In this article, we'll highlight some users' MIS motivations. United Printing: Faster estimates Ever since it opened its doors in 1966, United Printing (Bismarck, ND) has used Franklin Estimating Systems' (Salt Lake City) offset pricing books. But after more than 30

The Green Printer 

Apr 01, 2003

Maryland walks the eco-friendly talk Roger Telschow likes to point out that Ecoprint began as a low-overhead operation literally. The Silver Spring, MD, printer's first facility was actually an old school bus bought at auction. Telschow removed the seats, bolted a Multilith to the floor and business took off from there literally. We parked the bus in the emergency exit lane outside of our apartment

Making the best MIS choice 

Feb 01, 2003

Tips on how to choose the best MIS for your operation


Dec 01, 2002

In 2003, the printing industry has nowhere to go but up. A 1% in 2002 following a 7% decline was too little, too late. In 2003, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth will be no more than 3%. Nonetheless, since printing will lead the overall recovery by midyear, we anticipate industry growth exceeding 4%. Three key factors will influence print's growth: federal government spending, organic growth


Dec 01, 2002

Economic recovery is on the way — just don't expect your business to suddenly start booming tomorrow. Recovery will take some time, as well as a proactive approach, according to “State of the Printing Industry†panelists at Graph Expo. Participants included Ron Davis, chief economist at PIA (Alexandria, VA); Andrew Paparozzi, vice president and chief economist at NAPL (Paramus, NJ); Kip Smythe, vice president, NPES The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA); and Vince Naselli, director, TrendWatch Graphic Arts (New York City). RIT (Rochester, NY) professor Frank Romano moderated.


Dec 01, 2002

NAPL's (Paramus, NJ) Management Plus program recognizes graphic-arts companies' business excellence. AMERICAN PRINTER spoke with four of the 2001 winners to find out what it takes to be Management Plus material, and how they've applied their experiences in the program to achieve even greater success.

Facility expansion: What you should know before you break ground 

Nov 01, 2002

Is your operation so pressed for space that your employees are tripping over one another, equipment, supplies and product? If so, you are probably already considering moving to a new location or expanding your current facility. Although an expansion might seem like the easiest way to alleviate overcrowding, there's more to it than erecting a few walls and a ceiling. AMERICAN PRINTER spoke with two

The basics of paper buying 

Nov 01, 2002

For the newcomer, many aspects of paper ordering can be confusing. Once you know the basics, however, the process isn't quite so intimidating. One quick caveat: Each particular mill has its own requirements, so the following information should be used only as a guide. For specific mill requirements, contact your merchant's order department. Here's an example of a paper order: Quantity and unit of

MOTIVATING employees 

Oct 01, 2002

In a scene from the 1999 movie, Office Space, jaded employees gather together for a company meeting called by their office manager. After introducing the employees to a consultant hired to the company (and instilling them with the fear of losing their jobs), the office manager wraps up the meeting with, Oh, and remember, next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and

Paper-market outlook 

Oct 01, 2002

The past few years have been grim for the paper industry. Already suffering from overcapacity and soft demand, the paper market took another hit last year with the slow economy. But it seems the troubled market is at last showing signs of recovery: According to the Pulp and Paper Products Council (Montreal), an international alliance of product associations, North American demand for printing and

Bonus feature: Motivating employees 

Sep 01, 2002

In a scene from the 1999 movie, "Office Space," jaded employees gather together for a company meeting called by their office manager. After introducing the employees to Bob Slidell, a consultant hired to "streamline" the company (and instilling them with the fear of losing their jobs), the office manager wraps up the meeting with, "Oh, and remember, next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know,

Making the franchise decision 

Sep 01, 2002

Few things arouse such controversy among independent quick printers as the franchise system. Many will claim that joining a franchise is akin to becoming a corporate drone, and balk at the notion of paying fees to do business. I see this industry in particular as being full of folk wisdom what Donald Krause identified in Sun Tzu, The Art of War for Executives, explains quick-print consultant Tom Crouser

*Meet the Fastest Growing 

Jun 01, 2002

This is our ninth annual Top 50 Fastest Growing Printers competition. Participants entered either using the Top 50 form that was bound into our March 2002 issue or by downloading the form from To be eligible, graphic-arts firms had to be in business for at least three years and have sales of more than $1 million during 2001. Winners were selected based on percent of sales

Paying for CTP 

May 01, 2002

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, claims that trends are created through the slow spread of user-to-user interactions and casual observations rather than marketing campaigns. This may explain why print shops that resisted CTP marketing hype in the late 1990s are now embracing the digital world. Most CTP vendors offer elaborate spreadsheets for calculating ROI. Unfortunately, most are

Managing paper costs 

May 01, 2002

In today's economy, competition is fierce for a sustainable piece of a fragile customer base. Printers must offer notable and consistent quality, commendable service and a fair price. While the last factor is not always the most critical, it is usually the first to get noticed and often the hardest to maintain. The need to control operating costs is indisputable, particularly when it comes to paper.


Feb 01, 2002

If there's a trick to smart paper buying, it's getting to know your supplier. Admittedly, this tip is common sense. But a good relationship with your paper supplier can ensure your order goes through when supply is tight, help you lock in competitive paper prices and keep you tuned in to market development. Currently, the market is doing poorly. Supply and demand have been out of balance for quite

Applying ergonomics in postpress operations 

Oct 01, 2001

A discussion about safety in the printing industry is remiss without a look at ergonomic considerations, as the two are inextricably linked. By definition, ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging objects or equipment with the physical and psychological health of users in mind. Ergonomics has recently become an industry buzzword, mainly because of the Occupational Safety

Striving for safety 

Oct 01, 2001

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, commercial printing has an injury and illness rate lower than overall manufacturing: five incidents per 100 full-time workers in 1999, compared to 9.2 percent for manufacturing in general. Nonetheless, serious accidents do occur, including loss of eyesight from a chemical splash, or permanent back injury and disability from improper lifting on the

Moving on up 

Sep 01, 2001

Moving to a new facility can wreak havoc with operations if you don't follow a few ground rules When Dave Sunderland is asked to describe his most challenging move, he talks about a downtown printer that relocated from five floors in an old building with limited truck access to a newer facility on the outskirts of the city. The move began on a Friday. The company's press equipment, prepress and bindery

Peering into better business 

Apr 01, 2001

Printers can be challenged, supported and empowered in peer groups THE ROUTINE CAN BE PRETTY GRUELING: EACH DAY BEGINS AT 6:30 OR 7 A.M., AND PARTICIPANTS DON'T GO TO DINNER UNTIL 7 P.M. A word of warning to the uninitiated: Peer groups are not for everyone. Be willing to check your ego in at the door, and your experience in a peer group could prove beneficial. Rationalize your way of doing business

E-COMMERCE: wait and see? 

Feb 01, 2001

As online solutions evolve, printers are taking a cautious approachThis past year was a roller coaster ride for many e-commerce solution providers. New solutions fought first to establish an identity, and, in the wake of April's stock market downturn, for survival.So what should we expect in 2001? Management realignments and staffing cutbacks were initiated by some of the major players, as others'