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Remembering & repeating the past

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days. Remember print's golden era of 2007? Not that 2007 was any great shakes, but that was the last time the U.S. industry grew. Brace yourself NAPL predicts sales from printing and related sources to grow 1% to 3% this year. But even if we finish at the top of that range, our sales volume would still be $17.8 billion, or 18.1%, below pre-recession

PIA accepting ‘Premier Print Award’ entries

Mar 30, 2011 12:00 AM,

Printing Industries of America is accepting entries for the 2011 “Premier Print Awards.” The awards celebrate the art and importance of print and provide a platform printers can utilize to gain recognition and be rewarded for their hard work and abilities.

Curtis Packaging lands CEO honors, new hire

Mar 29, 2011 12:00 AM,

Sandy Hook CT-based Curtis Packaging, a leading producer of luxury packaging and a recognized industry leader in sustainability, is pleased to congratulate president and CEO Don Droppo, Jr., for his selection in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

PGAMA announces ‘Excellence in Print’ award recipients

Mar 29, 2011 12:00 AM,

Printing and graphic communications companies representing more than 40 areas of print production were awarded for their superior work in the seventh annual “Excellence in Print” awards competition.

Mimeo wins 2011 ‘Business Transformation’ award

Mar 24, 2011 12:00 AM,

During the On Demand 2011 Exposition and the Publishing Xchange Conference, Mimeo Inc. (New York) received the inaugural “Business Transformation Award.”

Superior Lithographics CEO honored by regional PIA affiliate

Mar 24, 2011 12:00 AM,

Superior Lithographics, a leading California large-format packaging printer, announces its founder and CEO, Doug Rawson, has been named 2011 “Executive of the Year” by the Printing Industries Assn., Inc. of Southern California (PIASC).

Avanti partners with consulting firm

Mar 23, 2011 12:00 AM,

Avanti Computer Systems and consulting firm Gimbel & Associates are teaming up to help small and midsize printers upgrade and transition their services to offer integrated marketing campaigns.

InfoPrint announces cloud-based managed workflow service

Mar 23, 2011 12:00 AM,

InfoPrint Solutions, a Ricoh company, has unveiled its Managed Automated Document Factory (ADF) Services, powered by the cloud. Built on InfoPrint ProcessDirector, this is a fully managed, turnkey production print workflow solution for mid-market companies.

Think Patented emphasizes marketing at “Print Delivers”

Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM,

200 marketing professionals, designers and print buyers converged on The University of Dayton Arena on Wednesday, March 9, for Think Patented’s Print Delivers event.

Kodak customers discuss diversification, growth strategies

Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM,

A panel of Kodak customers’ recent roundtable discussion in San Diego covered the need for print service providers to continuously embrace change and expand services to differentiate and grow their businesses.

GAERF announces 2011 student design competition

Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the launch of the GAERF 2011 Student Design Competition.

DG3 acquires The Ace Group

Mar 8, 2011 12:00 AM,

DG3 North America Inc., a leading provider of global graphic communication solutions, announces its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of The Ace Group Inc., a full service print and electronic marketing solutions provider in New York City.

WebbMason reports record growth in 2010

Mar 4, 2011 12:00 AM,

WebbMason Inc. announces it recorded its best-ever sales year in 2010. The company achieved $90 million in revenue, up 32% from its 2009 total of $68 million.

GPO celebrates 150-year milestone

Mar 4, 2011 12:00 AM,

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is celebrating 150 years of producing and delivering government information for all three branches of the Federal Government and the public. GPO opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office.

This column explained

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

There's a difference between a magazine column and an article. This is a column. It incorporates opinion and experience. An article, on the other hand, is intended to be impartial, helpful and informational. Of course, writers interpret various content differently. There's the debate surrounding the possibility or impossibility of achieving impartiality in an article, try as one might. Some writers

Step by step

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Ken Rizzo

A typical complaint I hear from print managers across the industry is, People do not do things consistently, citing reasons such as: The problem is with the people. They just do what is comfortable. They are lazy. They feel they know more than everyone else. They don't care. People don't come to work trying to cause problems. They want to do a good job. People apply their own best practices when: there

Time to review your Standard Operating Procedures

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

Print buyers are becoming more numerous, many with little print experience. Here are six problems I have heard about recently: Fronting postage for a customer standard operating procedure (SOP) not followed. I have heard of three instances in which the printers found themselves bearing the cost due to nonpayment. With electronic transfer of funds, there is no reason to ever front postage money. Keep

Forward march

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

On Demand Expo, colocated with AIIM Intl.'s info360 conference and expo, will take place March 22-24, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A new Publishing Xchange conference program is designed to bring together the combined shows' digital print, publishing, multichannel marketing and enterprise information management professionals.

E-mails, we get e-mails

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Ray Prince should change the spelling of his surname to Because there is no in Prince. Donate your personal collection of graphic arts and printing related books to Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Special Collection, he suggests. The Graphic Communication program is alive and well. They are in need of a great printing library. Dick Popp, Roger Ynostroza and Prince already have made arrangements to

The awesome power of social media

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Joe the printer puts in way too much time at the shop. As owner of a commercial printing facility, he always seems to have too much work but never quite enough business. His family doesn't think he takes enough vacation, and his wife Fanny long ago cultivated other interests to keep herself busy. Joe has a cell phone and a Facebook account, although he doesn't use them much. His kids are more up on