Many within the printing industry may not be very familiar with the Brainerd, Minn.-based CJK Group, despite the fact that it’s been on an industry acquisition tear the past several years. Led by CEO Chris Kurtzman, CJK Group is the holding company for Bang Printing, a manufacturer of books, catalogs, publications and fulfillment services located in Brainerd and Palmdale, Calif.; Hess Print Solutions in Brimfield, Ohio; Sentinel Printing in St. Cloud, Minn.; Victor Graphics in Baltimore; and Sinclair Printing in Los Angeles. That relative name obscurity may no longer be the case, however, thanks to The Sheridan Group. CJK Group has expanded its geographic footprint and market vertical offerings with the acquisition of The Sheridan Group, a Hunt Valley, Md.-based provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses and catalogers. Financial terms of the transaction between the two privately held entities was not disclosed. The Sheridan Group reported annual sales of $196.5 million, 1,050 employees and a production specialty breakdown of 71% publications and 29% books to garner its No. 25 ranking on the most recent 2016 Printing Impressions 400 list of the top printing companies in the U.S. and Canada. click Read More below for additional detail
“We’re experiencing a Renaissance of print.” That is what Sabine Lenz, founder of PaperSpecs, told an audience at the recent Dscoop conference in Orlando, Fla. Designers, brands and consumers are all returning to print, but they are looking for more than the generic postcards, flyers or banners than in the past. Digital printing is driving a creative push for unique, stand-out pieces that are as personal and individualized as the people receiving them. But smart commercial printers aren’t just stopping at the paper stock or the use of variable data — they are looking for finishing options that stand out as much as the rest of the process.
Creating a tactile experience with finishing can be accomplished in a number of ways, from diecutting unique shapes, to using complex and innovative folds, to a wide range of coatings and embellishments that can change the feel of a piece in a myriad of ways — and that’s just the start. Traditional finishing equipment was designed to match the offset presses they were paired with in order to create the same end result thousands of times. However, various manufacturers are now offering equipment specifically designed for the short-run, variable data world.