Jim Schultz: Yeah, whether you’ve got good times or bad times, going to a TMC type of conference, you get a lot of benefit out of it not only because of the speakers that they bring in, which are top notch, but also because of the peer relationships that you develop.
The company was founded in 1931, right in the middle of the Depression there.
Interviewer: That’s a family –
Jim Schultz: A family-run business. It started with my grandfather, grandmother. My grandfather actually built the first press for the company which was an offset press.
This is our founder right here, Joseph Schultz and this is actually one of his patents, which is still used on every press in the world today.
Jim Schultz: And that’s the wash up trays, he invented the wash up units so you don’t have to take the rollers out of the press to wash the rollers down. He created a wash up tray.
When I want to bounce an idea off that we may be working on as a new idea, a lot of times, when I go to TMC, I’ll bounce it off of other CEO’s of the industry. So, it becomes that peer relationship that we develop. And I encourage my people then to work with those peers and contact them also when they’re working on something.
This is my father, George Schultz. And that was World War II; he was a Captain in the South Pacific. The company originally started at Great Lakes Lithograph Company, and then I rebranded the company because of the diversifying of the business over the last 20 years and the lithograph was going to pigeon hole us just as a commercial printer and we started diversifying business, like I said, a little over 20 years ago, and I changed the name to Great Lakes Integrated.
Well one of the things that was going to stay, no matter what, was going to be the ship, that is our heritage, that’s our tradition is this logo right here. And we can change everything else, but the ship stays. And it’s going to stay that way as long as I’m in control.
We’ve been going for probably 20 years. I’m not exactly sure how many years, but it’s got to be close to 20 years. I’m a past Chairman of NAPL and so obviously I’ve had a heavy involvement with their program in the past. But my folks still attend it today; my VP of Business Development, Dean Anesco, is an attendee and has been for a number of years. When we come back, we convene our executive team and we actually go through the entire TMC program and particularly the things that we feel are going to have the most importance – important impact to our company and we try to apply what we’ve learned at TMC.
Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments
Published: January 23, 2017
Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.
What Color is Consistent?
Published: January 20, 2017
Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.
Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail
Published: January 20, 2017
Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.
The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail
Published: January 19, 2017
Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.
What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry
Published: January 17, 2017
Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, talks about PDF 2.0, now being developed through the International Standards Organization which has responsibility for the PDF standard. A key new attribute is the ability to put page-level media-specific information directly into the PDF file. The ISO is also defining the metadata as it relates to media, especial for variable data printing, and is incorporating CxF spectral data into the PDF file.
Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging
Published: January 17, 2017
Christine Gallagher, Director of Commercialization at Sonoco Trident, a division of the $5.2 billion packaging organization Sonoco, comes from a brand owner background. She speaks about the latest trends in anti-counterfeiting in packaging and how Sonoco Trident controls anti-counterfeiting measures, including reporting, and next generation developments that empower consumers.