In-Plant Graphics November 2011
SUPDMC was not the only event for in-plants last month. Just a week later, the 2011 SGIA Expo came to New Orleans, followed by the Texas Association of College and University Printers (TACUP) conference the following week in Fort Worth. SGIA brought 16,000 people to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to view the latest wide-format, screen and digital printing technologies.
In the summer of 2010, Leslie Rutledge moved from her position at San Diego State University, where she was manager of ReproGraphics, to head up the Graphic Services department at Brown University, in Providence, R.I. "Prior to my arrival, the university had undergone a reorganization, which had to be completed by June 30th," Rutledge says. Targeting redundancy, the university was combining administrative services to achieve greater efficiencies.
Vendors reported a good amount of interest in bindery equipment at this year's GRAPH EXPO in Chicago. The bindery equipment at the show offered in-plants some great opportunities to expand their services and increase their efficiency.
For years, Southern in-plant managers have been inviting me to the Southeastern University Printing and Digital Managers Conference (SUPDMC). As the name implies, this is a group of in-plant managers who hail mostly from Southern states.
ANY TIME in-plant managers get together, the conversation and camaraderie never end. This was particularly true at the recent Southeastern University Printing and Digital Managers Conference (SUPDMC). About 30 in-plant managers from universities all over the southern U.S. and as far away as the state of Washington got together in Nashville, Tenn., to exchange information and listen to presentations to help them tune up their operations.
AS SHE closes in on 35 years at the same in-plant, Debby Messina has absolutely no regrets. "I've always loved my job," she proclaims. That job is print room supervisor for the Delaware Division of Research, Legislative Council. One of the reasons she loves it—besides having a lifelong fascination with printing—is that it gives her a chance to serve her beloved state of Delaware, where she has spent her whole life.
WHEN GARRY Boytos arrived at the University of Texas Health Science Center's in-plant (UT Print) in 2008, he faced a challenging situation. Boytos knew that to effectively compete with outside vendors, UT Print would have to make a lot of improvements.
Never assume, just because your in-plant has been around for ages, that everyone knows about it. Employees come and go, and some of the new ones may never have dealt with an in-plant before, and thus have their own ideas about how print jobs should be handled.