Howie Fenton

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.

Ray Chambers, CGCM, MBA, has invested over 30 years managing and directing printing plants, copy centers, mail centers and award-winning document management facilities in higher education and government.

Most recently, Chambers served as vice president and chief information officer at Juniata College. Chambers is currently a doctoral candidate studying Higher Education Administration at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). His research interests include outsourcing in higher education and its impact on support services in higher education and managing support services. He also consults (Chambers Management Group) with leaders in both the public and private sectors to help them understand and improve in-plant printing and document services operations.

The combination of the paper shortage and staffing crisis has created new problems. In a new blog, Consultant Howie Fenton compares how two companies approached staffing issues differently, experiencing different results.

The College and University Print Management Association of Canada (CUPMAC) opted to hold one more virtual conference this year, since most members were not able to travel this spring. That conference has been taking place this week, with the final sessions happening today.

Nearly 140 in-plant managers and other attendees are in Buffalo this week for the first In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference since 2019. The enthusiasm is strong.

On Sunday evening, nearly 140 in-plant managers and other attendees will gather in Buffalo, New York, for the opening reception of the IPMA conference. It will be the largest gathering of in-plant managers in the world.

Business conditions are not improving for in-plants. The return to previous volume levels is painfully slow or non-existent. Should in-plants consolidate? Howie Fenton details some roadblocks and potholes to avoid.

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