Edwards Brothers Malloy announced that it plans to consolidate all offset printing operations into its Ann Arbor, Mich., location by the end of 2018. As a result, it will be closing its offset printing facility located in Lillington, N.C., which will impact the job positions of approximately 100 workers employed there over the next nine-month period. “This was a very difficult decision,” said John Edwards, Edwards Brothers Malloy president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “We continue to see shrinking demand for offset printing and double-digit growth in digital printing. We want to increase our digital footprint and be sure we’re well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities and new markets.” The phased shutdown of the Lillington offset printing facility is planned to begin in April and should be completed by the end of the year, according to the company. Edwards added that the move will lead to “some” job growth in Michigan and that Lillington employees are encouraged to apply for work at its Ann Arbor location. Click Read More below for additional information.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading certification authority in sustainable printing, announced today that Dscoop, known as the world’s largest and most collaborative digital print and design community, has joined the SGP community as a Resource Partner.
SGP Resource Partners are non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions engaged in promoting, teaching or researching in the areas of graphic arts and/or sustainability. Resource Partners are subject-matter experts that assure the entire print community is empowered to advance sustainability in the printing industry supply chain.
“Sustainability is important to the members of the Dscoop community and SGP is the leading authority on providing a data driven approach to achieve carbon neutrality for the print industry in North America. Together, we can create a blueprint for HP Graphics Arts users to achieve carbon neutrality and work toward drawdown for the digital print on a global basis,” said Rick Bellamy, Dscoop Executive Chairman. “Our partnership will promote the importance of a data-driven approach and will provide print service providers with a heuristic method to achieve their carbon goals while at the same time providing brands with a data driven method to measure the progress of their suppliers, accelerating their scope 3 ESG reporting efforts.”
“By collaborating with Dscoop, the SGP Community can raise the level of sustainable practices in the printing industry,” said Marcia Kinter, SGP Co-founder and Printing UNITED Alliance representative. “Our industry and our customers are setting ambitious sustainability targets for the printing industry to reach those targets, there must be transparency along the entire supply chain— this is where SGP and Dscoop can help with education and a public certification criteria.”