In-plant Graphics July 2010
When the dean of University of North Texas' College of Business presented ideas for a book highlighting a new business school building, UNT Print & Mail Services knew that this job had to turn out better than anything the in-plant had ever done.
As Alvin B. Griffin sees it, he couldn't have landed in a more ideal place than Charlotte, N.C. The Manassas, Va., native and his family moved to North Carolina in 1992, when his wife was transferred there for a job with IBM.
I WAS very excited last year when I learned the 2010 In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference would be held in one of my all-time favorite places, Albuquerque, NM. Over the years, several family members have moved there, and I've visited more than a dozen times, so going there last month for the conference was like a homecoming—in more ways than one.
Knowing your sweet spot and making sure it evolves as your customers' needs change is more important then ever. If your sweet spot does not align with customers' needs, then you're not making the products your customers want at a competitive price, or offering the services they need most. This can result in questions about the value of your in-plant.
Roundup of just a few of the inserting machines on the market for in-plants, plus reports from a couple installations.
The 2010 In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference brought close to 100 in-plant managers to New Mexico's largest city. The topics, speakers and enthusiasm were almost as hot as the weather.
Ohio State University's in-plant is a heavyweight among its peers. In-Plant Graphics' December 2009 survey of the largest in-plants in North America lists Ohio State's UniPrint operation as the number-one revenue-producing ($18 million) university shop and as having the fourth-most employees (81).
Printing a catalog of art pieces is an extremely difficult project because the customer is comparing the proofs to the original works of art. But University of Oklahoma (OU) Printing Services pulled it off with style last June when it printed an exquisite catalog of Native American art for a show at OU's Fred Jones Museum of Art.