Branch-Smith wins Baldrige Award 

Nov 21, 2002

Branch-Smith Printing Division (BSPD), (Ft. Worth, TX) has been named the Baldrige Award winner in the small business category. The company, one of two divisions within Branch-Smith, Inc., is a fourth-generation family business. BSPD, a $10 million, 68-employee operation, specializes in providing a wide range of turnkey services—including designing, printing, binding, and mailing—related to sheet-fed

Latran is the new name for PGI 

Nov 19, 2002

Latran Technologies LLC is the new name for Polaroid Graphics Imaging (PGI) (Bedford, MA). The former PGI has been an independent enterprise since 1999, but had retained the Polaroid name because when the business was founded 1987 as the Graphics Imaging Division of Polaroid Corp., the Polaroid name was considered a valuable asset. Polaroid Corp.'s subsequent financial woes prompted PGI to create

Van Wert launches The Haven Group 

Nov 18, 2002

I . Gregg Van Wert has announced the formation of The Haven Group (Oakland, N.J.), a consultancy specializing in advancing the business, communications, and planning objectives of client companies. Currently president of NAPL (Paramus, NJ), Van Wert's plan to vacate the association's top staff post was announced in March. The announcement commenced an NAPL leadership transition that will come to a

Screen USA introduces workflow training tool 

Nov 18, 2002

Screen (USA)(Rolling Meadows, IL ) has initiated an e-learning resource as a means of providing skills-advancement opportunities for graphic arts firms that utilize the company's Trueflow PDF workflow solution. The newly developed interactive CD-ROM contains technical instruction on all aspects of Trueflow. This new service, an extension of the company’s existing training program, is available to

Case study: ABP reaches 30 million mark with bookletmakers 

Nov 18, 2002

When Gene Joynt founded American Business Printing (ABP) as a business forms company in York, PA, in 1977, he adopted a simple credo: Do whatever it takes to serve the customer. In the early years of the business, the shop’s primary customers were the state of Pennsylvania and federal agencies, and the work was fairly straightforward--continuous-run, snap-set business forms produced on ABP’s Didde

Sir Speedy and Pip Printing form alliance with Pitman's PrintNation 

Nov 18, 2002

Franchise Services, Inc. (Mission Viejo), parent of Sir Speedy and Pip Printing, and Pitman Co. (Totowa, NJ), have announced a strategic alliance. Pitman's PrintNation division has been named the single-source provider for the company's 1,050 franchisees nationwide. The alliance will give Sir Speedy and Pip franchisees around-the-clock access to equipment and supplies. At the Printnation.com website,

Quad/Graphics enters into 5-year, $30-million contract with Smithsonian 

Nov 15, 2002

Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI) has entered into a five-year, $30 million agreement with Smithsonian Business Ventures (the revenue-generating arm of Smithsonian Institution) for the printing and distribution of the Smithsonian catalog; Smithsonian, Air & Space and Air Show World magazines; and My Smithsonian visitors' guide. Quad/Graphics will begin producing the work in January 2003. The contract strengthens

KPG repositions US&C sales organization 

Nov 15, 2002

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has repositioned its sales organization in the U.S. and Canada (US&C). The new sales structure will reportedly help KPG deliver superior service to customers in a changing graphicarts industry. Richard Mazur, vice president, sales, US&C, will continue to lead the company’s sales organization in the region. Reporting to him will be: Richard Rindo, director

Prime UV recipient of Gegenheimer Award 

Nov 15, 2002

Prime UV Systems (Carol Stream, IL) has received the 2002 Harold W. Gegenheimer Award for industry service from NPES The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA). The nomination noted that Prime UV has consistently demonstrated technical innovation in its primary field of UV-curing equipment, and that company representatives have been contributors of time,

JohnsByrne implements CIM into operation 

Nov 13, 2002

Creo Inc. (Bedford, MA), Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) and Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL) have successfully implemented what is reportedly the first computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) operation in print, for the JohnsByrne Co. (Niles, IL), a family-owned commercial printer with annual sales in excess of $20 million. "When we looked at the next step of upgrading our operations,

WSJ standardizes across printing operations with X-Rite 

Nov 13, 2002

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has expanded its use of X-Rite’s (Grandville, MI) ATD News 2 autotracking densitometers, making it the color-quality control standard for the newspaper’s entire North American printing operations. X-Rite’s ATD News 2 is designed to quickly and precisely measure color balance of newspaper production.

JohnsByrne implements CIM into operation 

Nov 13, 2002

Creo Inc. (Bedford, MA), Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) and Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL) have successfully implemented what is reportedly the first computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) operation in print, for the JohnsByrne Co. (Niles, IL), a family-owned commercial printer with annual sales in excess of $20 million. "When we looked at the next step of upgrading our operations,

Show in Review: Xplor 2002 

Nov 13, 2002

The Xplor 2002 Global Electronic Document Systems Conference and Exhibit was held in Anaheim, CA, Oct. 27-30. Attendance rebounded considerably following a post-9/11 downturn last year, which had dramatically impacted international attendance. Traditionally overseas attendees account for a healthy percentage of participants, but last year the percentage plummet to around 26 percent. This year’s show

MBO America hosts Oktoberfest-themed open house 

Nov 13, 2002

MBO America recently held its first three-day combination open house/Oktoberfest at its Westampton, NJ headquarters. Guests included clients and prospects from commercial printers, trade binderies and publishers. According to Hans Max, MBO America president & CEO, more than 150 people came from the Tri-State area and as far away as the Midwest, New England and Southeast. In addition to enjoying the

Henderson receives NAPL Education Leadership Award 

Nov 11, 2002

NAPL (Paramus, NJ) presented its inaugural NAPL Education Leadership Award to Lyman Henderson, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to furthering education in the graphic-communications industry. The association's board of directors established the award to recognize graphic-arts leaders who have made significant contributions to education initiatives in, and for, the industry. Henderson

WOA accepting VISION award nominations 

Nov 08, 2002

The Web Offset Assn. (Alexandria, VA) is accepting nominations for its 2003 Harry V. Quadracci VISION award. The honor is bestowed on a heatset web offset industry executive—printer or supplier—who has reached an unsurpassed level of excellence and achievement in the industry, and who has helped shape the business of heatset printing. Past winners have included the late Quadracci, president and founder

NexPress 2100 reaches million-impressions-per-month milestone 

Nov 08, 2002

Virtual Literature Management Ltd. (VLM), an all-digital print shop in Birmingham, England, recently reached the one-million impression per month mark on its NexPress 2100 digital production color press. "Our productivity has been aided by the fact that the operator-replaceable components are lasting longer than expected," explains VLM managing director Declan Malone. "We believe that early next year,

Bolza-Schünemann to succeed Siewart as KBA president 

Nov 08, 2002

The supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft (KBA) (Würzburg, Germany) has appointed Albrecht Bolza-Schünemann to succeed president and CFO Reinhart Siewert, who is retiring June 26, 2003. Bolza-Schünemann, current deputy chairman and executive vice president for sheetfed offset product development and human resources, has headed up KBA’s Radebeul, Germany, sheetfed plant since 1991.

R.R. Donnelley’s Daly named Océ president, CEO 

Nov 07, 2002

Ronald E. Daly has resigned as president of R.R. Donnelley Print Solutions to accept the position of CEO and president at Océ-USA Holding, Inc. (Chicago). Daly served as president at R.R. Donnelley Print Solutions, the printer’s business arm responsible for magazine, book, telephone-directory and catalog/retail-insert printing and premedia services, since the unit’s creation in 2001. Prior to this,

Crowson Stone acquires Carolina Color Graphics 

Nov 06, 2002

Crowson Stone Printing Co. (Columbia, SC) has acquired Carolina Color Graphics, Inc. (Charleston, SC). Crowson Stone acquired the assets of Carolina Color, including its manufacturing equipment and customer accounts. Crowson Stone's Charleston office will be relocated to the Carolina Color facility at 2231 Technical Pkwy. in North Charleston. The consolidated Charleston division will operate under

Heidelberg launches NexPress roadshow 

Nov 06, 2002

Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA) is traveling across the U.S. demonstrating its NexPress 2100 digital color press. The digital road show is aimed at promoting new business for the local NexPress customer and will focus on personalized marketing through variable data and the opportunity of selling digital printing. The seminars will feature Elyse Rafferty from LB Works, a Leo Burnett company, and Sean

Quebecor World appoints Michel Desbiens CEO of internal operations 

Nov 05, 2002

Quebecor World (Montreal, Canada) has appointed Michel Desbiens to the newly created position of chief executive officer, international operations. Desbiens will be responsible for the performance and development of all Quebecor World operations outside of North America. Company officials said the exec's experience as president and CEOof Donohue Inc. will help him in this new role. Desbiens will also

Intelicoat (Rexham Image) and Azon Corp. to merge 

Nov 05, 2002

InteliCoat Technologies, Inc. (South Hadley, MA) and Azon Corp. (Johnson City, NY), a manufacturer of wide-format coated papers and films announced the two companies will merge. InteliCoat Technologies CEO Robert W. Champigny comments, "The new entity will be financially stronger and infinitely better positioned to compete in our marketplace. We are very enthusiastic about this opportunity to bring

Tensor and Goss resolve long-running lawsuit 

Nov 05, 2002

Tensor Group, Inc. (Chicago) announced the official legal closure of its involvement in the almost two decade-long lawsuit between Dev Industries (whose assets were purchased by Tensor in 1993) and Rockwell Graphic Systems, Inc. (now known as Goss Graphic Systems, Inc.). Tensor and Goss (Westmont, IL) have amicably resolved all legal disputes between them and there are no remaining or contemplated

Peyrebrune joins Komori 

Nov 05, 2002

Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL) announced that Paul Peyrebrune has joined the company as senior vice-president of national sales. Peyrebrune will be based at Komori America’s headquarters in Rolling Meadows, IL. In his new capacity, he will oversee Komori America’s direct and dealer sales organizations and support national account activities. Peyrebrune most recently served as president