For the first time in its 49-year history, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) ventured into Minnesota last month, bringing 80 higher-ed in-plant managers together for four days of networking and education.
In September, the National Government Publishing Association met for the 34th time, bringing together government in-plant managers from as far away as Alaska, Vermont, Arizona and Mississippi. Though attendance was lower than usual, the conference was a nonstop festival of knowledge and information, with presentations on lean manufacturing, proving the value of your in-plant and how to re-engineer government mail.
As the lease on its Xerox 3535 neared its end, The Mississippi House of Representatives’ in-plant had to start thinking about updating its equipment. The shop wanted something faster and less expensive with excellent service support. It found all that in the Xerox 7655, a 40-page-per-minute (ppm) color printer (55 ppm black-and-white) with resolutions of 2,400x2,400 dpi.
Wow. It’s hard to believe I’m just sitting here, with no plans to travel anywhere. And having just completed a whirlwind, world-wide journey (capped with a stormy finish), I’m more than happy to stay put for a while. As you know, I was at Drupa, racing around that massive German trade show to see what the manufacturers have in store for you. I was back barely two days when I was on a plane again, headed for the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference in Tunica, Miss. (Germany and Mississippi; there’s a combination you don’t see too often.) I rented a car in
THE COUNTRY’S largest gathering of in-plant managers is about to assemble in Tunica, Miss., just south of Memphis. The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) Conference will be taking place June 4-7 at the Veranda Hotel, part of the Grand Casino Resort, in Tunica. Any manager interested in improving his or her in-plant should make plans to attend. This will be the association’s 49th conference, and the agenda is packed with educational sessions that get right to the heart of the issues most important to in-plants. Topics include variable data, mail piece design, customer service, Web-based job submission, going green and much more.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) has been given approval by Congress to establish a secure production facility on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. GPO employees will produce blank passport books at the new location, which will help meet rising passport demand. This facility also meets the Department of State’s request for a secure production site for blank passports outside of Washington D.C. More than 50 government jobs will be created in the Gulf coast region. The production facility is expected to be operational this spring. The Stennis Space Center is NASA’s primary center for rocket propulsion testing and is located