As communications leader for print production at Kohler Co., Christopher Donlon has his hands full. Each year, Donlon's team uses its array of Xerox equipment to produce millions of finished printed products in support of Kohler, best known as a manufacturer of plumbing products.
Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions ’ January 2013 edition, featuring Cockrell Enovation.
Binding and finishing news briefs from Printing Impressions’ January 2013 edition, featuring Phil Vedda & Sons.
To keep Michigan Farm Bureau's Printing Services operation running efficiently and effectively, Karen Meyers depends on Avanti's Graphic Arts Management System. Its estimating, order entry, inventory management and reporting modules, as well as Avanti's eAccess Web-to-print software, have streamlined the in-plant.
Canfield & Tack Commercial Printing & Fulfillment, one of the region's largest full-service general commercial printers, is acquiring Dellas Graphics, based in Syracuse, NY, to expand its geographic reach and presence in Central New York. Dellas will become a division of Canfield & Tack.
Edwards Brothers Malloy, which has provided one- and two-color book manufacturing for more than a century, is breaking new ground with its latest acquisition. With the purchase of a 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster sheetfed offset press dedicated to four-color text work, Edwards Brothers Malloy can now offer four-color book and journal printing in runs from one to 3,000 copies.
Ever since he arrived at Elon University three years ago as manager of Printing Services, Wesley Grigg has had one overriding mission: “My goal was to change it from a ‘copy shop’ to being a full service printer,” he says of his three-employee in-plant, based in Elon, N.C. With this in mind, his first move was to install a Ricoh Pro C900 in 2010 and start printing more of the university’s high-quality color printing.
It was exactly a year ago that the drama began for Jack Williams. That's when the board of trustees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, issued a directive to begin soliciting proposals from outside vendors for the possible outsourcing of his Graphic Arts Services operation.
Here we go again. Obviously, Google didn't hear about all the negative reaction to Toshiba America's ill-conceived "National No-Print Day" campaign that encouraged people and companies not to print or copy anything last Oct. 23. Fortunately, in response to outrage from the printing, paper, forestry and publishing industries, Toshiba pulled the plug.
In December 2012, In-plant Graphics had an opportunity to visit Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG’s headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, to talk with executives and tour the company’s massive press manufacturing facility in Wiesloch-Walldorf.
Since overseeing the installation of a Presstek 34DI digital offset press last July, Al Goranson, manager of Imaging Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has achieved his goal of taking in more long-run, full-color work. “As our volume of four-color work continued to grow, especially in run lengths greater than 1,000, we needed something that could produce the work at a cheaper cost than our HP Indigo 3050 digital press,” recalls Goranson. “We had opportunities on longer runs that were just not economic to produce on the Indigo. That was why we chose the Presstek 34DI press.”
The Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced the recipients of its 2012 Best Workplace in the Americas Awards. A total of 36 graphic arts companies, both PIA and non-PIA members, were selected by a committee of human resource experts from within the industry.
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ January 2013 edition.
One approach during the tough economic times we live in is to stick our heads in the sand, and wish all of this would just go away. I suggest there is a better approach: meet the tough times head on and be proactive.
At Tyson Foods, Inc., all management personnel, including CEO Donnie Smith, are birds of a uniform feather. "We all wear khaki to show that we are working managers and not afraid to get our hands dirty," reports Russell Gayer, manager of Tyson Printing Services (TPS).
Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ January 2013 edition.
As he inches up on his retirement at the end of March, Joe Goss, director of Indiana University Document Services, has been readying his in-plant for a future without him. First he moved the 30-employee operation into a new facility last June, with improved workflow and closer proximity to the mail operation. Then, more recently, Goss oversaw the installation of two new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C7000 digital color printers, one with a booklet maker.
Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ January 2013 edition, including items on Quad/Vertis, AFL Web Printing, PBM Graphics, DMH Printing, Brown Printing, Press-Enterprise newspaper, Southeastern Printing and Arandell Corp/Schumann.
For nearly 60 years, Villanova University Graphic Services operated out of one of the most unique facilities in the industry: an old house. Once a residence and later a dormitory, the building had 12 rooms, eight of which housed the in-plant's equipment and offices. A two-color Presstek/ABDick 9982 press filled one room; in another sat a Presstek Vector TX52 computer-to-plate system, a Xerox DocuColor 5000AP and a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300 wide-format printer; the bindery and shipping departments were in the garage.
Walsworth Publishing has acquired The Ovid Bell Press in Fulton, MO. Both companies will continue to operate as they do currently. John Bell will remain as CEO of The Ovid Bell Press.