January 2015


A Chance Encounter

Don Reid had been working at a restaurant in his native Sacramento after graduating from high school, but after a year there he knew it wasn't the right industry for him. One day he was sent to Sierra Copy & Printing, a local print shop, to drop off a job. There, an enticing opportunity presented itself.

A Remarkable Expansion

When Sherri Broderick began as the supervisor of Print/Mail/Sign Services for the Frisco Independent School District in 2002, the district had just 19 schools for the two-employee in-plant to service. But a population boom in the area over the last decade has expanded the district to 61 schools, with four more to be added in the fall of 2015.

ACUP: Your ‘Golden Opportunity’

From April 12 to 16, ACUP will host printing, mailing and communications professionals from throughout higher education in the coastal city of Portsmouth, VA. The event will offer numerous opportunities to meet other managers, network and share industry insights.

Add Services, Add Value

All over the country, in-plants of every size are looking beyond traditional print services for additional lines of business that will endear them to their customers while generating needed revenue. Services like scanning, shredding, garment printing, framing and many others are well within the grasp of in-plants.

Farewell, Mr. B

In-plant Graphics is mourning the loss of a giant in the trade magazine business. Irvin J. Borowsky, the founder of IPG’s parent company, NAPCO Media (formerly North American Publishing Co.), passed away two days before Thanksgiving. 

From the Editor: New Year, New Focus

With the arrival of 2015, IPG enters its 65th year of publication. To catch you up, we started in January of 1951, changed names a few times over the years, and here we are, ready to face a new year. 

GPO Renamed

Buried two thirds of the way down in the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” are these words: “The Government Printing Office is hereby redesignated the Government Publishing Office.” And with that, the 154-year-old GPO, the country’s largest in-plant by employee count, entered a new era when Congress passed the act last month and President Barack Obama signed it into law. 

Hot Products

Hot wide-format products for in-plant printers from companies including Agfa Graphics, Canon Océ, EFI, FUJIFILM North America, Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh and Screen USA

Manroland Sheetfed Unveils Printing Evolution

It’s not often that a popping-style street dancer and a billionaire are the opening acts for a printing press, but that only goes to show that Manroland Sheetfed knows how to put on a show. 

Offset Out for Iowa Bankers Association

When the Iowa Bankers Association installed a four-color Ryobi 3304 in 2007, Todd Palmer was excited that his two-employee in-plant would be able to bring the majority of the association’s four-color printing in-house. But a lot can change in eight years.