Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) September Event: “Chris Jackson In Conversation with Calvin Reid”

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One World Books Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson will have a one-on-one conversation with Publishers Weekly Senior News Editor Calvin Reid at the Book Industry Guild of New York’s September 13, 2016 gathering.

The discussion will provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about Jackson’s remarkable publishing career, his work with authors such as Ta Nehisi-Coates, Eddie Huang, and Jay Z, and Jackson’s strong interest in bringing diverse, multicultural voices to a worldwide audience.

Earlier this year, Jackson was named the vice president, publisher, and editor of Random House’s One World imprint. He will direct the relaunch of the multicultural imprint in the fall of 2017. One World’s legacy includes fiction and nonfiction titles, with a focus on African-American writers.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway in Manhattan. The speaking session will begin at 6:15 pm; a professional networking event will start at 5:15 pm.

Admission for the September BIGNY event and networking reception is $40 for BIGNY members, $60 for nonmembers. There is a $5 fee for participants only attending the speaker portion of the event.

Event Information

Where
Random House, 1745 Broadway (between 55th & 56th Streets), 2nd Floor

When
Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres at 5:15 p.m., program at 6:15 p.m.

Admission
$40 for BIGNY members / $60 for nonmembers.
$5 admission for the speaker portion of the event only.
All major credit cards are accepted online and at the door. Cash and checks are also accepted at the door. Student admission is free (lecture only) with valid student ID and reservation.

Reservations

Email programs@bookindustryguildofny.org or financial.secretary@bigny.org for reservations

About Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World Books, a just relaunched imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau from its founding in 2006. Prize-winning and bestselling authors he edited at Spiegel & Grau include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Jill Leovy, Matt Taibbi, Wes Moore, Victor LaValle, and Jay Z. Jackson is a native of New York, where he currently resides.

About Calvin Reid
Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, co-editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of graphic novel and comics publishing, and cohost of More to Come, PW Comics World’s weekly podcast.

About the Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY)
BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area.

New York’s UFT In-plant Sold on Prism Paper Cutter from Colter & Peterson

073016_colter_peterson_uftOscar Rivera (center) with operators Gabriel Rivera (left) and Steve Rodriguez next to their Colter & Peterson Prism paper cutter.

Days at the in-plant operation that Oscar Rivera manages for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) rival the bustling atmosphere of the shop’s environs in lower Manhattan. The Printing and Mail Department has transformed itself in the last decade, adding an array of equipment to handle an ever-increasing amount of work. The finishing department has benefitted as well, having installed a 32″ Prism paper cutter from Colter & Peterson earlier this year to help speed up the process of getting work out the door to over 200,000 members.

“The Prism is a workhorse for us,” says Rivera, who will mark 15 years as the operation’s production manager in November. “I remember the afternoon it was delivered. A flatbed truck pulls up with this heavy, 4,000-lb. cutter, and I thought it was going to be a big production. But they got it off the truck in a snap, and we were up and cutting the following morning.”

Rivera is quick to credit Rick Fassano, his local Colter & Peterson dealer at Summit Offset Service, for recommending the Prism paper cutter. Fassano had placed a 27″ Prism PC paper cutter last year at the New York Stock Exchange, a short walk from UFT’s offices.

“I’ve known Rick for 40 years when I first started in the industry as a hand typesetter, and before I moved into offset. He’s really good and always on time with getting equipment to us,” Rivera says. “Late last year, we were decommissioning an old Challenge, so we needed a new cutter. I spoke with Rick and he gave me some options to consider, but the Prism was at the top of his list.”

The 32″ Prism joins an impressive list of equipment at the UFT in-plant. In addition to web and sheetfed presses, the digital side includes various Konica Minolta bizhub presses for black and white and color work. Rivera and his team count on Epson Stylus, HP DesignJet and KIP wide format machines to handle the signage and large graphics work. With all of that firepower, the Prism gets a workout.

“The Challenge cutter wasn’t programmable and there was a lot of stopping and starting,” says Rivera, who manages a staff of 16. “The Prism is programmable and a better, more efficient product. We set the cut, cut it, and then go on to the next one. The table bed has air running under it to lift the paper, so it makes us much faster than before.

“We go full tilt every day. A lot of our work is done on 12″ x 18″ sheets that we trim down to 11″ x 17″. Business cards, letterhead, invitations, you name it. We print everything from a few hundred up to 265,000 per run, which includes the full UFT membership.”

As in any operation, Rivera’s team at times will experience busier than average periods.

“No two days are alike. Sometimes it looks like ants at a rainy picnic in here,” Rivera says. “Summer is our downtime, where we catch up on fill-in work. Once the school year begins in mid-August, the Prism cuts 40 to 50 jobs a day. We stay very busy until Thanksgiving, then do a lot of holiday related work until the end of the year.

“When everyone returns in early January, we go full tilt through the end of April. The first two weeks of May, we print many certificates of achievement, middle school promotional certificates and other recognition work.”

Most managers want what’s best for the team. For Rivera, there were other selling points to the Prism that have met all of his expectations.

“This cutter has made life easier for them. That’s great because they work very hard and stay busy with many other things, so we don’t usually have to worry about the Prism,” Rivera says. “It is a very quiet machine, and you rarely hear it.

“I also like the safety features. It has an electronic beam and some of our operators were tripping it by leaning forward as it was cutting. So the machine would just stop. Once they got used to it and changed their behavior, the team became even more productive.”

In-Plant Graphics magazine published a detailed profile of the UFT in-plant last year. Read it here.

 

 

Printing Industries Alliance Brings drupa 2016 to NYC on August 18

Leading Düsseldorf Exhibitors to Participate in Panels and Presentations

If you weren’t able to attend drupa 2016, you weren’t alone. Of the 260,000 visitors who converged upon Messe Düsseldorf from May 31 to June 10, only a relative handful came from the U.S. The high cost of travel and the difficulty of breaking away from busy production schedules ruled out attending for many American printers who would otherwise have liked to go.

If you’re based in the New York City metro area, however, there’s a next best thing to having been there: the Post drupa Report that Printing Industries Alliance will host on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Club 101 (101 Park Avenue at 40th Street) in Manhattan.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., some of the leading exhibitors from drupa 2016 will re-create the excitement of the event with panels and presentations before an audience of end users including printers, mailers, and other graphic arts service providers.

Printing Industries Alliance believes that end user decision makers need up-to-date information to navigate the graphic arts marketplace. Because most U.S. printers did not go to Germany, they must rely on after-the-fact information that can be daunting, confusing, and sometimes even contradictory. The Post drupa Report on August 18 is designed to give end users the information they need, firsthand and with clarity and balance. This will be delivered by expert panels on subjects such as:

• Who’s On First? Offset vs. Digital vs. Inkjet vs. Nanography

• The Rapid Rise and Importance of Labels and Packaging

• The Growing Importance of Color Management

• Postpress Rules

• Wide Format Breaks into the Big Time

• Firsthand Observations from drupa Attendees

The all-day program will intersperse presentations and panels and will feature a lunch with a speaker to be announced. Also included are a vendor / end user networking session and an open bar at 5 p.m.

The cost is $99 for PIA members and $139 for non-members. Each additional member from the same company will cost $79 for members and $109 for non-members. To register for the event, contact Kim Tuzzo at 716-691-3211 or ktuzzo@pialliance.org. Register online here or download, complete, and return the registration form.

Printing Industries Alliance President Tim Freeman commented, “The Printing Industries Alliance wants to make sure that everyone in our industry has access to all the information they need to do business in the most efficient way. Events like this Post drupa Report do this and more. They provide a meaningful dialog between all parties and a great opportunity to learn from one another.”

Select vendor sponsorships are still available. For information on sponsoring the event, contact Marty Maloney at 203-912-0804 or mmaloney@pialliance.org. Vendor sponsors receive a 12-minute presentation slot, a seat on a panel, and a 5′ table to display literature at the end-of-day networking session.

Richard Krasner Joins Direct Printing Impressions as EVP and Partner

richard_krasner_joins_dpi_052016Direct Printing Impressions (DPI) has announced the appointment of Richard Krasner as executive vice president and partner. Krasner, a 37-year print industry veteran, will be responsible for driving sales and revenue, maintaining effective communication between estimating and production, and handling general management responsibilities at DPI, a high-quality commercial printing firm located in West Caldwell, NJ.

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant,” said Rich Luggiero, president of DPI. “Richard Krasner brings a wealth of printing knowledge to the DPI team. His extensive background in print will benefit our organization and our customers alike.”

“Growth and awareness of the DPI brand have increased dramatically in the New York-New Jersey metro area graphic communications industry,” said Krasner. “The company is focused on profitability and working smart. This makes DPI a cost-effective alternative for both new and existing clients.”

Founded by the Luggiero family 20 years ago, DPI today has a fully integrated sheetfed offset plant that employs 22 people. With its Heidelberg presses and digital equipment, DPI can print in up to six colors with coating on stocks ranging from 35-lb. sheet to 39-pt. board. Its customer base includes corporate clients, manufacturers, advertising agencies, design firms, and the printing industry.

Krasner is well known in New York-New Jersey metro area graphics industry both as a sales professional and as a supporter of industry causes, particularly in education. He is a past president of the Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation (GCSF), a volunteer group that has distributed more than $500,000 in learning grants to metro area students who enroll in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in graphic communications.

He also sits on the New York City advisory board of Virtual Enterprises International (VEI), a national educational nonprofit that transforms young students into future leaders and entrepreneurs. The programs of VEI are supported by The New York City Department of Education, educators, industry leaders, and mentoring professionals.

Shootdigital Creative Team Joins HudsonYards Studios

HudsonYards Studios announced that it is expanding its capacity in computer generated imagery (CGI) and creative retouching services by integrating Shootdigital’s creative team and bringing along their established brand for the accelerated transition. “We are very excited about adding the Shootdigital team to our company,” said Diane Romano, president and CEO of HudsonYards Studios. “They are a multi-talented and creative group that bring in fresh ideas and additional expertise to our organization.”

New York City-based Shootdigital, well respected in the photography industry for high-end digital imaging talent, has been relocated to HudsonYards Studios’ 80 Broad Street facility in the heart of New York City’s financial district. As part of the transition, the group has been renamed “Shootdigital @ HudsonYards Studios.”

Shootdigital’s extensive imaging experience with fashion and beauty clients such as L’Oréal, Estée Lauder and NARS Cosmetics expands HudsonYards Studios’ impressive client list that includes iconic brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Hearst Magazines, West Elm and Wenner Media.

Take Part in Business Survey by WhatTheyThink; Earn Free Copy of New Book by Webb and Romano

Readers of this blog are encouraged to take part in WhatTheyThink’s online survey of printing and communications executives about their business outlook and the industry’s print and service offerings.

The survey, which will take only a few minutes to complete, poses questions that we think you will find relevant to the future direction of your business. Your participation is confidential. WhatTheyThink will not release your name or your answers to anyone; they will be combined with those of all of the other respondents in survey totals. This is strictly a research project and will not be used to create sales leads for advertisers or dealers.

To thank you for your assistance, WhatTheyThink will send you an executive summary of this project. You also will be able to download This Point Forward, the new book by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano, upon completing the questions.

WhatTheyThink is the foremost source of news, opinion, and analysis for the graphic communications industry. The full link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTTBIZ2016

Economic Recovery Failed to Save Dozens of Medium-Sized Print Firms in the NYC-Metro Area

The New York City metro area lost medium-sized printing firms at a sharper rate than four other major metropolitan areas during the economic recovery, according to data compiled by print industry economist Dr. Joe Webb.

His numbers, published today by WhatTheyThink, span the period from 2010 (about one year into the recovery) through 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available) and are drawn from the Census Department’s County Business Patterns database. They indicate that the NYC metro area lost 75 medium-sized firms (10 to 49 employees) in the period as this sector declined from 513 to 438 establishments (-14.6%). This was a steeper drop among medium sized firms than occurred in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles (-8.1%), Chicago (-13.0%), Washington, D.C. (-4.8%), and San Francisco (-12.1%).

The NYC-metro firms didn’t necessarily vanish without a trace. “Many of these would have shifted into the small employee range, while others would have closed or consolidated,” Webb writes. An upside of consolidation may be the fact that large firms (50 or more employees) declined by only -5.7% in the NYC-metro area, the smallest such loss among the five cities examined.

The NYC-metro area saw an overall drop of -10.1% in establishments of all sizes, higher than the -7.7% loss for the rest of the county (i.e., exclusive of the five cities, which represent about one quarter of all U.S. printing establishments).

Partly responsible for the decline is the reality that the key business advantage for metro area printers, proximity to metro-based customers, is not as potent as it once was. “There was a time when being geographically close to customers was critical,” notes Webb, “(but) since the advent of digital proofing and various surrogates, and e-commerce, geography is less of an issue than it used to be.” But, he still rates personal interaction as important to sales and customer retention: “It may no longer be a 10, but it’s probably an 8.5.”

Printing Industries Alliance Tackles a Member-Centric Agenda at Board of Directors Meeting in NYC

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Dona Snyder-Reardon, incoming chair of the board of directors, Printing Industries Alliance, with Patrick Ryan (right), whom she succeeds in the position, and Timothy Freeman, the association’s president.

An old joke about sausage and law says that nobody should watch either one being made. The punch line doesn’t apply at meetings of well-run trade associations, where watching a slate of business being carried out can be as satisfying as observing a master chef prepare a gourmet meal.

I had the good fortune to be a guest at the June 18 board of directors meeting of Printing Industries Alliance (PIAlliance), the association for the graphic arts industry of New York State, northern New Jersey, and northwestern Pennsylvania. I’m a PIAlliance member myself, but, like most members of most trade associations, I don’t often get to see how the group I belong to operates at the executive management and policymaking levels.

The meeting took place at the Park Avenue headquarters of RR Donnelley in New York City. My notes from the session let me happily report that the association is in the good hands of people who are very serious about making PIAlliance grow in terms of both membership numbers and the range of services it provides to those who belong.

The group, a regional affiliate of Printing Industries of America (PIA), now has 335 companies on its roster. This is down somewhat from 12 months ago, given the contraction of the printing industry in the tristate region that PIAlliance serves. But, the group is readying a drive that will target more than 100 non-member companies deemed eligible to join the ranks. A special effort at recruitment is being made under the direction of Rich Barbaria in Long Island City, Queens, home to an important cluster of metro printing companies.

The mission of PIAlliance is to defend its members’ business interests and to help foster a business climate where their companies can prosper. Past, ongoing, and pending projects reviewed at the June 18 meeting indicated the breadth of the effort being made to achieve these objectives. Some highlights:

  • In August, a “lean manufacturing council” will commence work to help members master the techniques of waste-free production.
  • A program for customer service evaluation and training will be announced.
  • Administered in this region by PIAlliance, PIA’s annual wage and benefit survey, now in progress, lets participating members benchmark their labor costs against industrywide data.
  • PIAlliance members are receiving guidance in marketing from Marty Maloney, an advertising and public relations expert who joined the association’s executive staff last year.
  • A recent conference on human relations management drew 60 people for an overview of trends in employment law, labor standards, and rules governing eligibility for overtime pay.
  • On the public affairs front, PIAlliance is monitoring and responding to activities by New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), an organization that aggressively seeks exclusive status as the preferred-provider resource for publicly let digital printing contracts in New York State.
  • PIAlliance recently announced that its popular workers compensation insurance program returned a 30% dividend in its 2013-2014 policy year, saving participating members nearly $2 million for the period.

Details about these and other programs can be found at the association’s web site and in the pages of Signature, its member newsletter.

The meeting also featured the passing of the board chair’s gavel from Patrick Ryan (Modern Press, Albany, NY) to Dona Snyder-Reardon (Snyder Printer, Troy, NY). Other officers serving one-year terms from now until next June are Eric Webber (Cohber Press, Rochester, NY), vice chair; Doug Bolling (Veritiv, Depew, NY), second vice chair; Kathleen Hartmans (Quality Bindery, Buffalo, NY), treasurer; and John Williams (Midstate Printing, Syracuse, NY), secretary.

Joining the board of directors for three-year terms are Robert Witko (Fort Orange Press, Albany, NY); Bryan Carr (TBN, Buffalo, NY); Marianne Gaige (Cathedral Envelope, Rome, NY); and Richard Schielke (Envelopes.com, Amityville, NY).

PIAlliance’s tagline words are Engage, Explore, Energize, and Excel. Judging from what I saw and heard on June 18, this member is confident that the group is Easily and Evidently Exceeding its goals in Each.

Pratt Industries Leads Coalition to Increase School Recycling and Environmental Awareness
On Staten Island

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Pratt Industries Chairman Anthony Pratt (right) is welcomed by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo in announcing the program

Corrugated packaging producer Pratt Industries has announced that it will lead a unique coalition of government, private sector, trade association, and non-profit participants to increase recycling rates and environmental awareness among students and teachers in dozens of New York City schools on Staten Island.

Pratt chairman Anthony Pratt joined local leaders including Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo in releasing details of the program, which for the first time will introduce a detailed anti-littering, pro-recycling curriculum across schools on Staten Island. The goal is eventually to reach more than 20,000 students in the borough, where Pratt has paper mill, corrugating, and recycling facilities.

Pratt and the Borough President’s office spearheaded the program with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), the national trade association representing the recycling industry. The curriculum was developed by ISRI with JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization and longtime partner of the National Geographic Society. JASON Learning was founded in 1989 by oceanographer Dr. Robert D. Ballard to inspire and educate children through real science and exploration. It also provides lesson plans and development programs for teachers and educators.

“This is a win-win for all those who call Staten Island home,” Pratt told students and educators in announcing the program at a local high school. ”Our company will take all the paper you collect under this initiative to our paper mill right here on Staten Island, where it will be made into new 100% recycled paper and then converted by us into brand new 100% recycled packaging, helping to deliver everything from your computers to tonight’s pizza.”

The syllabus will be introduced on a trial basis at 10 Staten Island schools over the next few weeks and then expanded borough-wide next school year to eventually include more than 35 of Staten Island’s public schools.

Borough President Oddo said that a key part of the curriculum would be an anti-litter component in an “effort to prevent the next generation of litterers, and the best way to do that is through education and increasing recycling rates.”

Staten Island is one of only three municipalities nationwide that ISRI is supporting for JASON Learning. The other pilot programs are being rolled out in Kalamazoo, MI and Baltimore, MD.

Pratt will cover costs and host the professional development of staff from participating schools at its Staten Island paper mill on June 4. The company will host school tours at the facility so that students can see first-hand how the paper recycling process works. The company also is donating recycling bins that have been placed in the participating schools.

Headquartered in Conyers, GA, Pratt Industries is America’s fifth largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. Its other metro area locations are a display division in Totowa, NJ, and a specialty division for retail merchandising in Edison, NJ.

Edison Litho & Printing Corp.
Acquires Compass Display Group

Edison Litho & Printing Corp. (North Bergen, NJ) has announced its acquisition of Compass Display Group (Kennesaw, GA), an award-winning company that delivers both temporary and permanent point-of-sale materials and displays. A leader in the point-of-sale display industry, Compass will become a new business unit of Edison Litho and will operate under the name Edison Compass Display Group. The Edison Compass transition will be led by Edison COO Joseph Ostreicher along with the existing Compass management team.

“The move to acquire Compass allows Edison Litho to offer our clients permanent displays and environmental graphics in addition to the vast printing options previously offered,” said Edison CEO George Gross. Ostreicher noted, “We are committed to embracing the new age and to servicing all of our clients’ needs and do whatever it takes to keep our customers happy.”

Edison Compass’s Georgia location provides a strategic complement to Edison’s existing location in North Bergen. With the Jersey plant working at near capacity, the acquisition of the Georgia plant will enable Edison to service its Southwestern client base in a more cost-effective way. With this increased capacity, Edison Compass will offer their services and seek new opportunities in the Southern markets.

A provider of large-format and high volume printing for many of the world’s biggest brands and retailers for over 55 years, Edison Litho has served North America’s largest companies in a wide range of industries including retail, product manufacturing, entertainment, and packaging.

Launched in 1998, Compass Display Group has been a source of temporary and permanent point-of-sale programs for the past 15 years. Among its honors are awards from the Path to Purchase Institute and Global Shop (POPAI). Compass also has been named by Creative magazine as one of the top 50 POP companies in the U.S.