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Warren Werbitt Talks with John Hazen about Custom Holography

This week, Warren talks, not with a printer, but with John Hazen from John Hazen Paper. Founded in 1925 and based in Holyoke, Mass., the company creates specialty substrates by laminating foil paper and paperboard for a wide variety of paper applications, such as gift wrap, tickets, labels, folding cartons, magazine covers, and posters. Fifteen years ago, the company began getting involved in custom holography. Watch Video

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Canon Production Printing’s Crit Driessen and Walter Vogelsberger on the Latest Digital Packaging News

David Zwang talks to Crit Driessen, Senior Advisor Commercial and Industrial Printing at Canon Production Printing, and Walter Vogelsberger, VP Digital Packaging Printing at Canon Production Printing. Crit shares some of the latest Canon Labelstream installations and other news and, as Walter transitions into this new position, what he envisions for digital packaging at Canon. Watch Video

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Phase 3 Marketing and Communications Leverages Organic Growth and Acquisitions to Diversify and Position itself for Growth

20 years ago, Ken Holsclaw and Max Nair founded Phase 3 Marketing and Communications as a digital printing company with eight employees. Today, the company has offices in five cities with 175 employees, offering marketing services from ideation to execution—including branding and public relations all the way to small and large format print, fabrication, installation and promo products. Their foresight and vision has enabled them to grow through two previous downturns, and the company is positioned well to return to pre-pandemic levels. It's a great success story in an industry that has been hard hit by the economic impact of the pandemic. Watch Video

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Frank Strikes Out

Frank shows rare newspapers produced during the 1923 New York City pressmen’s strike. There were 22 daily newspapers and they combined to print a morning and evening paper. The New York Times only printed a single page—and only for archival purposes (not distribution), as they were “the newspaper of record.” Newspaper strikes increased in frequency in the 1960s, usually involving new typesetting technologies. Watch Video

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PIA Affiliates Speak Out About PRINTING United Alliance Relationship

Following the merger of PIA and SGIA to form PRINTING United Alliance, our understanding is the affiliates, for the most part, were supportive of the action. However, recently they were presented with a proposal from PRINTING United Alliance they felt took away one of the key values of the affiliate structure—the local presence and support their members depend on. In this WhatTheyThink exclusive story, Christine Hagopian of PINE, Tim Freeman of Printing Industries Alliance, and Lou Caron of PIA Southern California share their perspective on what this move means for the future of the affiliates. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Hatteras’ Bill Duerr

This week, Warren talks to Bill Duerr, President of Hatteras. Founded 38 years ago, and based in Tinton Falls, N.J., the company has 300 employees and produces just about everything from direct mail to wide format. Hatteras has just started moving into promotional packaging, focusing on personalized messaging to build a relationship between brand and consumer. Watch Video

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PRINTING United Alliance CEO Discusses the Idealliance Acquisition

In addition to sharing his strategy for the overall PRINTING United Alliance organization, in this interview, CEO Ford Bowers talks about why the Idealliance acquisition was done and how Idealliance fits into the overall PRINTING United family, as well as some thoughts about where it will go in the future. He also addresses the organization's plans to hold the PRINTING United trade show and exhibition in Orlando in October. Watch Video

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GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing Rebrands As ENPOINTE

GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing recently announced a rebranding to ENPOINTE, a branding + marketing solutions company. The company, which has an in-house advertising agency as a result of an earlier acquisition, has had digital printing since 2003 and recently added a production inkjet press, along with its conventional printing resources, including heatset web. Founder and Chairman Gary Garner and Executive Vice President of Sales Todd Matuska, share their story in this video interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne. Watch Video

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Frank Says, “PS, I Love You”

Frank describes the advent of PostScript fonts with the Apple Laserwriter 1 and the Linotype Linotronic 300 photo imagesetter. PostScript allowed jobs to be typeset in PageMaker, proofed on a Laserwriter, and then output on film on a Linotronic. P.S.: Adobe has announced that support for authoring PostScript Type 1 fonts will be discontinued in 2023—although it’s not all that clear what exactly is being discontinued. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Vinylbomb

This week, Warren talks to Chris Rodkey, President and “Expert of the Strange and Unusual” at Vinylbomb. A four-year-old printer to the trade based in Hamilton, N.J., Vinylbomb specializes in grand-format printing CNC routing, laser cutting and engraving, and fabrication. During COVID, Vinylbomb successfully started selling face shields and sneeze guards, which helped the company thrive during the pandemic. Watch Video

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CompanyBox’s Louis DeJesus Talks about On-Demand Packaging

David Zwang talks to Louis DeJesus, CEO and Founder of CompanyBox, which specializes in digital, on-demand packaging. The company leverages digital platforms, automation, and order aggregation so that the cost of one package is "the same as the cost of a truckload.” Watch Video

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Textiles Expert Lewis Shuler Talks About the Analog-to-Digital Transformation Underway in Textiles and Apparel

Lewis Shuler has worked at several well-known apparel brands and also spent 10 years working in China. He has tremendous insight to share about the current state of the industry and what it will take to accelerate both the analog-to-digital transformation and re-shoring of manufacturing. He also shares his thoughts on emerging technologies such as solid color spray dyeing. Watch Video

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Frank’s “A Tale of Two Types”

Frank tells a tale of two types: the sans serif font called Arial (let’s be honest, Helvetica, really) and the serif font called Times (New) Roman. It is said that Times will cut your ink use when printing. Frank, of course, investigates further, and what follows is a twisting tale of mistaken point sizes and shady serifs. Watch Video

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Ernie Crawford on 25 Years of Crawford Technologies

David Zwang talks to Ernie Crawford, President and CEO of Crawford Technologies, about the evolution of the company. Founded 25 years ago, the company at that time was focused on helping organizations with the transition to then-new architectures like PostScript and PDF. Today, Crawford helps companies optimize workflows for transactional, direct mail, and commercial print. Watch Video

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Runway Kit: Making Manufacturing Easy for Designers and Entrepreneurs

Runway Kit, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka-based MAS Holdings, was established in mid-2019 with the goal of providing professional manufacturing support to designers and entrepreneurs. Either starting from basic provided designs or from the ground up with a custom design, Runway Kit works with designers to create professional quality tech packs to enable manufacturing with them or with another manufacturer, with minimum order quantities as low as 100. Nethmi Wickramasuriya, Digital Launch Entrepreneur, explains. Watch Video

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Frank Takes Issue with Newspapers

Frank waxes nostalgic about newspaper issues from the past. He relates how many newspapers have cut back on the number of issues per week that are printed—and points out that we will someday no longer have iconic front pages announcing major events, such as the sinking of the Titanic or the death of JFK. He shows a copy of the NY Times from the day he was born, proving that print had been invented by then. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Jamie McLennan of DMR Graphics

This week, Warren talks to Jamie McLennan, Senior Account Executive at DMR Graphics. Jamie started as a printer when he was 18 and moved from production to sales—a move that thrilled customers, having their sales rep also able to run the presses and handle production. Watch Video

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EFI’s Jeff Jacobson on the New Way of Doing Business

Jeff Jacobson, CEO of EFI, talks to Kelley Holmes about some of the bright spots for EFI in 2020, and expands upon his EFI Engage keynote in which he discusses how the pandemic has affected the way EFI engages with its customers, and how the way we do business has changed. Watch Video

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Trade Shop National Print Wholesale Sees Positive Future Outlook

A relatively new company, founded in Atlanta in 2016, National Print Wholesale, gained about 30% of its business from trade shows and exhibits prior to the pandemic. In this interview, Whit Copley explains how the company has pivoted to deliver new applications and find new customers during the pandemic and shares his positive outlook for 2021. Watch Video

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Frank Sees Little Justification in Early Newspaper Typesetting

Frank uses the retirement of a former Linotype operator at the New York Times as a jumping off point to trace the evolution of newspaper typesetting, from the advent of paper tape, to computerized hyphenation and justification (H&J)—and to the great New York City newspaper strike. Watch Video