Ask just about anybody that works on a press and they will tell you one of the toughest, most physically-intensive and demanding jobs to do all day is as a jogger. What is jogging, you ask? It’s probably not the kind you’re thinking of. Jogging means that you are responsible for taking stacks of printed material that has just come off the press and jostling it to separate each individual sheet so they do not stick together. At Arandell, however, joggers are responsible for much, much more. For this month’s Employee Spotlight we are highlighting Antwon Rhodes, who is currently working as a jogger. Antwon has been described by his bosses and the people that work closest with him as an “absolute go-getter”, who is “always willing to help with extra hours when needed”. He has a great attitude and strives to get better at his job while striving to learn the jobs of others. Because of his excellent attitude and willingness to learn, we thought he’d be perfect for this month’s Employee Spotlight. Click Read More below for additional information.
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By Mark R. Hahn Published: May 9, 2017
Dartmouth; the name brings forth an association with history, tradition, quality, intelligence, excellence, and competitiveness. In the case of Dartmouth Printing, the association is more than a commercial operation borrowing the name to impart those qualities to its brand; the printing company was originally established as Dartmouth Press in 1793 as the in-plant printing operation for the college that bears the same name. Fifty years later, in 1843, Dartmouth College spun off the printing operation as an independent printing company.
According to company legend, the printing company employed several famous alumni of the college, including Nelson Rockefeller who worked as a typesetter while attending Dartmouth and later became governor of New York and a US Vice President. Many years before, Daniel Webster, the famous attorney, politician and orator, reportedly worked as a “printer’s devil” at the printing company before he graduated from Dartmouth in 1801. Webster eventually served in the House of Representatives, in the Senate, and as US Secretary of State. Webster not only negotiated the final settled line between the US and Canada, but also famously (and fictionally) defended a New Hampshire farmer who had sold his soul to the devil.
Dartmouth Printing is now part of the CJK Group, which recently acquired The Sheridan Group, and which itself had acquired Dartmouth Printing in 1998. The CJK Group has grown through acquisitions from its roots as Bang Printing in Brainerd, Minnesota, and began its roll-up acquisition strategy in 2013 with the asset purchase of Hess Printing in a bankruptcy 363 sale (see The Target Report – May 2013). Bang subsequently acquired book printers Victor Graphics in Baltimore, Maryland and most recently Sentinel Printing in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Bang also has a Los Angeles location, marketed as Sinclair Printing. The common thread running through each of the CJK Group acquisitions is that each company is strongly anchored in book printing, along with expertise in publications and catalogs, and this latest acquisition is right in line with that strategy.
Beginning with its relationship with the college and including its inclusion with CJK‘s acquisition of Sheridan, the former college print shop is now with its ninth owner. It has been reported that the Dartmouth name is being retired and that the New Hampshire location will be flying the Sheridan brand name flag and no longer carry the name of the venerable college with the ivy league heritage.
No far from Sheridan’s home base in southeast Pennsylvania, another legacy company in the printing industry, Intelligencer Printing, has been acquired by newly-formed Intellicor Communications, a roll-up that also includes Pemcor Printing, also located in Pennsylvania and AE Litho, a South-Jersey commercial printing and fulfillment operation. Intelligencer Printing is one year younger than Dartmouth Printing, having been established in 1794 as the printing operation for the Lancaster Journal and until this sale has been owned by successor companies to the original newspaper publisher. It’s not clear yet if the historical name will live on as a division of Intellicor or be retired to the dustbin of printing company names, this one having survived longer than most.
more at: http://whattheythink.com/articles/85280-legacy-printing-companies-fade-history-april-2017-m-activity/