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Hooked on printing

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Only 10,000 people live in Waunakee, WI, but you would have to go a long way to meet a more interesting bunch. If you saw Paul Kennedy working at the local bank, you might never guess he's also an actor. (He played the Food Way manager in The Shawshank Redemption.) Or that Dave Hess was on duty at the Village Mobile when former Yankees pitcher Ryan Duren needed some gas. Expect a cheerful welcome

Two thumbs up

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Seven Pounds stars Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and an Original Heidelberg press. Smith's character changes the lives of seven people, including Emily, a book artist played by Dawson. In an unusual damsel-in-distress twist, Dawson almost injures her hand while feeding a Chandler & Price press. If only someone could fix her other platen press, an automatic 1955 Windmill, she would never have to exhaust

100 Words or Less:

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

Education in Action at Suttle-Straus

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

We're pleased to kick off our new Education in Action feature with 25 students at Waunakee Community Intermediate School. For the past five years, Jacqueline Wells' 5th graders have produced a magazine profiling people who live and work in their Wisconsin town. Wells coaches them on handwriting, spelling, language arts and computer skills. Roger Hamilton, a photographer and reporter for the Waunakee

PIA/GATF announces new name and logo

Dec 10, 2008 12:00 AM,

Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) (Pittsburgh, PA) has a new logo, name and tagline: Printing Industries of America, Advancing Graphic Communications.

PrintFest 2009 postponed

Dec 10, 2008 12:00 AM,

Cal Events (Tustin, CA) has announced plans to postpone the PrintFest 2009 print and marketing conference and exposition.

Nothing but Net

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

As FDR did with radio and Kennedy did with TV, Obama did with the Internet. Obama's marketing machine went straight to the Net raising money, keeping his brand positive and out-marketing McCain. What does this have to do with printing? A lot! During Graph Expo, 488 printers shared with us how they invested their marketing dollars and, more importantly, how effective each strategy is. We were not surprised

Blocking & tackling (again)

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

In football, all the Xs and Os, all the 300-page playbooks and the exotic formations can be interesting, even dazzling. In politics, a candidate's credentials and ability to raise huge gobs of money can be impressive. In automobile engineering, the ability to activate music by specific artist simply through a voice command makes one wonder about other electronic marvels. In the graphic arts industry,

The colors of the season

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

The holiday season is upon us once again. A season of colors, all of which have significance. Beware, for here in Johnson's World, everything has a double meaning. Allow me, your somewhat overgrown elf, to guide you through this maze of holiday colors. Red A primary color of light, pigment and Christmas, red is the color of Santa's suit, candy canes and the ribbons on packages and wreaths. This traditional

Roll storage: It's not pretty

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

It is often stated that web offset has the highest waste in the industry. From my travels, I must agree with the statement. Waste in web begins with how we receive rolls and how we treat the raw material. Our material handling in this industry is terrible to say the least. In many plants, I see the following in the roll storage area: Congested. Poor material handler training. Damaged rolls, torn wrappers,

Building on ship-shape

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By M. Richard Vinocur

I began my stint at Technical Publishing on September 19, 1979. Even though it was nearly 30 years ago, the events of the first day in my new office remain vivid. I arrived at our offices at 660 Fifth Ave. at 8:30 a.m. with the anticipation and excitement I had experienced on each first day of a new school year. I introduced myself to the receptionist, who showed me to my office. It was spacious,

Get on the bus

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

About 200 people attended this year's Graphic Arts Education Summit at Graph Expo. As we previously reported, representatives from industry associations, vendors, high schools and colleges are working together to promote careers in the graphic arts. Despite the current economic situation, we still need to ensure we're attracting young people to the graphic arts, says John Berthelsen, president of

The big game

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Graph Expo is more than a trade show. For many people, it's like a homecoming game a chance to revisit their former stomping grounds, meet old pals and see what's new. Of course there are several key differences. Tailgating in the McCormick Place parking lot is discouraged and there are no floats parading down Michigan Avenue. Most schools try to schedule their weakest opponent for the big game. If

Saving the best for last

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By American Printer staff

Better than expected, was vendors' typical response to the perennial Graph Expo question, How's the show going? When Graph Expo opened on Sunday, October 26, the industry seemed to hold its collective breath. The spate of stomach churning economic news in the preceding weeks, coupled with depleted travel budgets, didn't bode well. Over the next four days, however, all concerned seemed to breathe a

Let's get real

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

I try to work hard at practicing what I preach. I'm not a favorite personality among other industry consultants or many trade associations because of a basic difference of perspective and philosophy. Others believe that an owner, manager, and salesperson in this industry must understand the increasing complexity of our business. Certainly, there's some truth in that. However, I believe that it's more

A bite out of the Big Apple

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By M. Richard Vinocur

I was six months short of receiving my gold watch for 20 years of service with Vance Publishing when we agreed to disagree. I don't know how much that watch was worth, but I really didn't care. I needed a change after nearly two decades with the same company. It was time to find a new position, so I put together a presentation of more than 20 pages. It included charts and graphs of my performance

A table for two

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Adelle's is a popular restaurant near me. Hidden out of the way near the train station, it serves high-end American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. With much room for outdoor seating and jazz some evenings, Adelle's seems to have no trouble packing in diners from all over. When Mrs. Johnson and I recently decided, on the spur of the moment, to go out to eat without the kids, I telephoned Adelle's.

Good plan

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

In July 2008, we were asked to run an executive survey to support NAPL's Strategic Management Course held in August. NAPL granted us permission to share one interesting statistic with you, a possible correlation between strategic planning and Earnings Before Taxes (EBT). Fifty-five percent of participating printing executives said they have a strategic plan, while 45 percent said they don't have a

5 methods to control color during a press run

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

There are many ways to control color during a press run each has advantages and disadvantages. Choose the one that is appropriate for your plant and type of work. Many times there are inexpensive solutions to issues this is not one of them. Method 1: The eye Now we hit a bunch of issues: eye fatigue/strain, variation between people, consistency, no numerical data, on and on. Basically controlling

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

One hundred and fifty printers asked their customers, What are the top three reasons you buy from us? Here is a sampling of this research great customer service is the only satisfier that makes the top three on virtually every print buyer survey project. Each printer markets itself differently to jockey for a leading position, but the one area print buyers demand is great customer service. Customer