LSC Communications, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a multi-year Supply Chain Services agreement for the print production and warehousing of educational materials for Open Up Resources’ innovative Middle Grade Math curriculum. David McCree, President of the Book division at LSC, commented, “LSC is pleased to have been selected as a strategic supplier for Open Up Resources. We look forward to working together to help Open Up realize benefits from applying new supply chain process improvements.” Open Up Resources is a nonprofit developing the highest-quality full course curricula, openly licensed for reduced cost to districts. Formerly the K-12 OER Collaborative, Open Up Resources partners with the country’s foremost materials experts in the development of superb, freely-licensed instructional materials, then provides districts with necessary support for implementation with fidelity. Its mission: to provide students with equal access to rigorous, standards-aligned materials, while easing adoption by districts.
For Edward P. “Eddie” Kelley, getting inducted into the 2018 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame was a dream come true. He learned of the honor just a couple of weeks before he passed away from cancer, this past May, at the much-too-young age of 53. Kelley was president of Kirkwood Printing, but his title didn’t even begin to reflect the impact he had on those who knew him.
A fourth-generation printer, Kelley was born to Charles and Catherine Canzano in 1964 and began working for the Canzano family business, Acme Printing in Wilmington, Mass., following graduation from vocational school. His career started out in prepress, but he moved into sales following the death of his father, and that is where his gifts emerged. A born storyteller, he was extremely successful at sales, forging close relationships with customers and vendors, as well as with fellow employees.
“Eddie’s father died when he was 22; that was a big turning point for him,” recalls Robert Coppinger, CEO of Wilmington, Mass.-based Kirkwood, and a good friend. “It forced him to grow up and get serious; shortly afterward, he moved into sales. Getting into sales transformed Eddie. He was a natural, and people were drawn to him. Eddie knew every aspect of the business, plus he had a big personality. He excelled at it.”
In 2004, Kelley, Coppinger and a third partner, Will Winship — all sales executives with Quebecor World Color, which had inherited Acme Printing in 1999 following an acquisition — purchased Kirkwood Printing, a then-$9 million concern with a stellar reputation. It’s worth noting, especially if you are a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan like Kelley, that the purchase was finalized on October 27, 2004, the day the curse of the Bambino was lifted with the baseball team’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Series championship.
“It was a pretty good omen for us,” notes Coppinger. Kelley was willing to take risks, he adds, believing that without risks, success doesn’t come into play.