Kember Kreative Interiors Becomes First in North America to Purchase New EFI Cubik S700 Digital Printer

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. will deliver the first EFI™ Cubik S700 industrial single-pass digital inkjet printer in North America to Mono, Ontario-based flooring manufacturer Kember Kreative Interiors in early 2020. The company purchased the printer for its Kember Flooring subsidiary in Michigan, where it will launch a research and development initiative that is expected to improve efficiencies and relieve existing production burdens. “The idea is to use the Cubik printer to replace our existing analog staining method,” said Peter Kember, owner and managing director of Kember Kreative Interiors. “One of the challenges we face today is to achieve a consistent color at the end of our production lines when using varying batches of substrates. Currently, we need to adjust stain formulas to compensate for the differences, which can take hours to perfect. The Cubik will enable us to classify each flooring plank – inline – and select the formula to achieve the desired end color.”
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Nick Titus Named Third Generation President of Minuteman Press International (piworld.com)

Minuteman Press International is proud to announce the promotion of Nick Titus to president. Nick is the third-generation president of Minuteman Press, which remains a family-owned and operated franchisor with world headquarters based in Long Island, N.Y. and nearly 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises worldwide. Previously, Nick was vice president of marketing. Bob Titus will remain the company’s CEO. Nick Titus says, “We have a tremendous company with incredible people who care about its success. Most importantly, the foundation and strength of our organization relies on having dedicated franchise owners. I believe that our company is strong and we are in a very good position for continued growth.”
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EO Johnson Business Technologies Acquires Standard Dynamics (piworld.com)

EO Johnson Business Technologies has acquired print finishing equipment and media solutions company Standard Dynamics, based in Burnsville, Minn. The move extends EO Johnson's Production Print division to include additional finishing equipment, supplies, service, and expertise for the benefit of customers. The acquisition was finalized Jan. 3, 2020. "With the acquisition of Standard Dynamics, we will be able to provide broader expertise than ever before to our clients," explained Mary Jo Johnson, CEO and owner of EO Johnson Business Technologies. "For more than 85 years, Standard Dynamics has been a successful provider of print finishing equipment, and their expertise is a perfect complement to our existing world-class production equipment and wide-format systems. Clients will have more choices than ever before, including expansion into paper folders and cutters, perfect binders, saddle-stitchers and booklet-makers."
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LSC Communications, Inc. Announces Actions to Strengthen Manufacturing Platform

LSC Communications, Inc. announced that it will close its manufacturing facilities in Strasburg, VA, Glasgow, KY and Mattoon, IL as the Company continues to focus on manufacturing footprint optimization to align with industry trends. These actions will strengthen the Company’s manufacturing platform by significantly reducing costs and improving utilization across LSC’s production facilities. The streamlined platform will enable the Company to continue providing the industry’s highest levels of quality and service to publishers of magazines and catalogs. The closing of the three plants is expected to be completed by July 2020, and the Company will be working closely with clients to ensure a smooth transition. “LSC continues to take actions to capitalize on our greatest value drivers while optimizing our platform to efficiently and effectively deliver the best products and services for our clients,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.
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Color Ink Moves to Fully Digital Production Processes with Strategic Investments (piworld.com)

Color Ink, located in Sussex, Wis., was founded 35 years ago as the print production arm of what was primarily a graphic design studio. Under direction of Todd Meissner, president and son of the founder, the company continues to expand its capabilities through the digital transformation of its production systems in order to bring to life the concepts of in-house designers as well as those of the ad agencies and retail customers it serves. Currently, Color Ink focuses on the point-of-sale and P-O-P marketplace, which involves creative and often complex products that are largely short run. Some projects call for developing one-off prototypes, but even a client doing business nationwide might need only 10 to 100 finished items to ship to its branches. Meissner notes, “Thirty years ago, the creative solutions were primarily two-dimensional graphics on printed paper. Now our creative involves more structural designs, three dimensions, maybe a unique material or production method, embellishments.”
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Royle Printing Hires Northeast Account Exec for Catalogs, Direct Mail

Royle Printing is pleased to announce that Mike Sipala is joining Royle Printing as a senior account executive. Mike will be responsible for developing and enhancing business opportunities in the Northeast corridor, specifically in the catalog and direct mail segments. “Royle is delighted to have Mike join our team,” says Chris Carpenter, president and owner of Royle Printing. “Mike has a wealth of experience and success in working with a variety of catalog companies, sharing partnerships with some of most prominent names in the catalog industry. As we continue to grow and expand our capabilities in this niche, I’m confident Mike will play an important role in helping us grow the business.”
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TC Transcontinental acquires Artisan Complete Limited and further expands its offering of in-store marketing product printing

TC Transcontinental announced the acquisition of Artisan Complete Limited, a company specialized in the creation of engaging retail environments, point-of-purchase displays and large format printing. This transaction, which follows the acquisition of Holland & Crosby Limited in October 2019, is aligned with TC Transcontinental’s strategy to continue growing in the in-store marketing product printing vertical, where the Corporation is already a key player in Canada. Located in Markham, Ontario, Artisan Complete employs 187 people and is known as one of North America’s most awarded in-store marketing companies. Since its founding in 1971, Artisan Complete has always been on the leading edge of retail, helping its customers connect with their audiences and position their brand for success. The company takes a holistic approach to every project by combining innovative design, turn-key production and strategic deployment to deliver engaging experiences.
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Johnson & Quin Acquires Its Fourth MCS Condor Inkjet System (whattheythink.com)

MCS, Inc. announces Johnson & Quin, a leader in personalized direct mail production and postal optimization, has added its fourth MCS Condor color printer to its production floor. The MCS Condor inkjets are being used for color personalization of the outside of envelopes in-line with high-speed inserters. The MCS Condor 250 is the latest addition to the color inkjet product line from MCS - with speeds of 250 feet per minute and the ability to incorporate PDF workflow and compatibility with MCS Perfect Match tracking systems. Over the past few years, Johnson & Quin has invested in the latest roll-fed production color inkjet technology from Screen America in order to offer full personalization of customer offers within the envelope. Most recently, the addition of the Condor printers has allowed the entire envelope to be versioned and personalized with confidence that the color on the outside of the envelope represents the color inside. While the capability of the Condor's 100% variability of color messaging on the envelope is an advantage to marketers, Johnson & Quin also uses this technology to lower its customers' costs by enhancing postal optimization, as well as discounts through elimination of pre-printed envelopes, inventorying of different versions and job switch-overs.
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Allen Press Announces Mark Kohlhase as Interim CEO

Allen Press announced today the appointment of Mark Kohlhase as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Kohlhase will oversee all facets of Allen Press and the implementation of the company’s strategic goals and objectives. Kohlhase previously served as Vice President of Scholarly Publishing Services. “I am thrilled to continue my work with the incredibly talented Allen Press team in this capacity,” said Kohlhase. “We remain committed to providing our commercial print, scholarly and marketing agency partners with high-quality products and services. Our top-of-the-line equipment and unparalleled customer service allow us to serve our customers’ needs more effectively than ever before.”
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Strategic Acquisitions and Investments Lead to 20% Growth for Nosco (piworld.com)

Established in 1906, packaging specialist Nosco has a four-state, six-plant footprint, and a workforce of 650 employees who have owned the company through an ESOP since 2007. Nosco’s president, Craig Curran, attributes its recent growth both to acquisitions and to significant investments in digital print for packaging — an activity that now accounts for 50% of its orders. The growth-driving acquisitions, both announced in 2017, were Knight Packaging Group, a Chicago-based offset folding carton printer, and Gooding Co., a Buffalo, N.Y., insert and outsert manufacturer. Curran says they helped to expand Nosco’s capabilities in labels, cartons, inserts, and flexible packaging for its primary markets, which are pharmaceutical, natural health, and personal care. As a packaging organization, Nosco has made an exceptional commitment to digital printing, which, although it continues to grow, still accounts for only small percentages of overall packaging output.
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