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AGS and Spiel Associates Team up in the Mid-Atlantic

Monday, September 22, 2014

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AGS LogoAtlantic Graphic Systems (AGS) announced today that they have signed an agreement with Spiel Associates, Inc. (http://www.spielassociates.com) to provide sales and service of the Sterling bookbinding solutions line to the Mid-Atlantic. This catalogue of equipment includes the popular Sterling DigiPunch and CoilMaster high-volume mechanical binding lines as well as the affordable DigiBinder perfect binder for short-run and on-demand book production, all of which will be on display at the upcoming GraphExpo in Booth #4036. AGS Vice President Jeffrey Tomlinson commented, “The Sterling solutions complement and extend our current lines of high quality finishing products. We are very pleased to offer this line to our clients.”

About Atlantic Graphic Systems
Columbia, Maryland based Atlantic Graphic Systems (AGS) is a printing, binding, finishing, mailing equipment and consumable sales and service organization. AGS is uniquely focused on providing products, technical support and business services to the Graphics Communications Industry in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. For more information contact Jeffrey Tomlinson at 410.290.8200 or visit us on the web: http://www.agspress.com.

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2014 SaMN Crab Feast Lives Up To Its Name

2014 Crab Feast at Kurtz's BeachThe 2014 PGAMA Sales and Marketing Network Crab Feast surely lived up to its name. Friends and colleagues crowded the pavillion at Kurtz's Beach (See Images HERE) to enjoy the savory outdoor dinner and revelry of the last remnants of the summer. Platters of crabs, salads, barbecue, sausage, vegetables and a delightful assortment of desserts were abundantly shared among friends and fellow industry colleagues.

The Annual Crab Feast is a longstanding tradition and one of PGAMA's most successful events during the year. Thanks to premier sponsor MCS, the 2014 SaMN Crab Feast featured a range of extraordinary door prizes and giveaways including a Chromebook and an Outdoor Edition GoPro Camera.

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A Message from Jay Goldscher

Folks,

I am honored that the Board of Directors of the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic has selected me to lead PGAMA. I want to thank them for the opportunity and let you know that my mission, simply stated, is to retain and grow membership by providing more value to our members, enhance our relevance both legislatively and economically in our region and continue to be a resource to you and your business that will help you grow profitably going forward.

In addition, there are a number of potentially exciting ideas and programs that the board and staff of PGAMA have in mind and we will be exploring the viability of instituting them in the coming weeks and months.

I am very excited that after a forty year career of working for some of the iconic printing companies in our region and for some of the most visionary owners as well, that I will now have the opportunity to give back to an industry that has meant so much to me.

Thanks again for all the support and encouragement received since the announcement that I would be taking this position. It is greatly appreciated and I hope to reward your sentiments with results.

Jay Goldscher
President & CEO

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MARYLAND STUDENT WINS GOLD IN GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST

C Kerr-2014-SkillsUSA-GC-ChampWebChandler Kerr, a student at Center for Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County, won the gold medal in the National SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competition last weekend. He is the 1st Maryland student to win gold in the event. Chandler also set a new record for most points ever scored in the competition.

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PGAMA Sustainability Spotlight: EU Services

EUServicesLogoSustainability for the printing sector is often defined in terms of product, process, and envelope. Taken together, these terms provide a useful "road map" of sustainability for a company’s activities, products and services. All of these elements are important when defining sustainable printing operations.

  • Product includes the design aspects and input material management to create the product.
  • Process includes all manufacturing steps (e.g. prepress, press and postpress) involved with converting raw materials into a finished product including process by-products (e.g. solid wastes, air pollution and wastewater) that have an environmental, health and safety impact.
  • Envelope includes all the manufacturing support activities and includes the building, grounds, utilities, employees, and other functions at an individual site.

In the third installment of PGAMA’s Sustainability Spotlight we sat down with Art Simpson, Executive Vice President, Tom Loudon Vice President of Print Operations and Ian Pitcairn, Vice President of Operations at EU Services to talk about the evolution of their commitment to reduce the environmental impact in terms of product, process, and envelope at their Rockville, MD plant.

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2014 Maryland State SkillsSA Graphic Communications Champion Crowned

2014MDStateSkillsGCWinnersPrint is alive and well, and being enthusiastically embraced by a new generation, based on the excitement observed during the 41st annual Maryland State SkillsUSA competition held Saturday, April 5th.

The winners of the 2014 Maryland State SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Competition are:

1st Place: Chandler Kerr, Center of Applied Technology North, Instructor Michael Born
2nd Place: Ben Schurch, Frederick County Career & Technology Center, Instructor John Augustine
3rd Place; Britnee Reece, Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Instructor David Hutchison

“We’re proud to be a part of the graphic communications competition every year and provide an authentic environment for students to compete in . . .” said Gary Habicht, president, Printing Specialist Corporation and PGAMA board member.

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2014 Excellence in Print Awards

And the member firm that successfully completed the mission and acquired the "GRAND Q" in PGAMA's 2014 Excellence in Print Awards competition is....


WESTLAND PRINTERS!
Congratulations on your success.


2014 excellence in print awards

Other top awards presented were:

The Digital Q, for best piece printed on a digital press, earned by PRINTING SPECIALIST.

The Binding/Finishing Q, for best binding/finishing job, earned by BINDAGRAPHICS.

Special awards this year included:

Judges’ Choice award, sponsored by Prisco, and given to CHROMA GRAPHICS.

Best Use of Paper, sponsored by K & W finishing, inc., and presented to WESTLAND ENTERPRISES.

and Best Use of Color, sponsored by Braden Sutphin Ink, and earned by GRAPHTEC.

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2014 Ratios Survey-Participate and Earn a FREE Report!

Ratios CoverThe 2014 Ratios Survey is now open and accepting participants. For more than 90 years this study has been the leading financial benchmarking tool for the printing industry. Each year 15 volumes are developed from a survey of more than 400 printing firms. Participation is FREE and entitles you to one FREE Ratios Volume of Choice.

There are four ways you can participate in the Ratios:

  • Online form at http://www.MargolisPartners.com/Ratios
  • Have Margolis Partners complete it for you (Download PDF form, complete company background info and order form (pages 6, 7, and 16) and mail along with your company's fiscal-year financial statements and year-end General Ledger Trial Balance to Margolis Partners LLC. $150 fee applies. )
  • Survey Booklet
  • Spreadsheet

Participate by April 30, 2014, to receive a FREE report!

Download the Survey Booklet (PDF) or Spreadsheet (Excel) below.

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2014 EXCELLENCE IN PRINT GALA

Join us for an evening to celebrate all that is print. See who will be walking the red carpet!

2014 EIP Entries

This year's event is Thursday, March 20th, and includes an extended happy hour from 5:30-7:30 with heavy hors'doeuvres followed by the awards ceremony starting at 7:45.

Be there to cast your vote for the 4th annual Peoples Choice Award. Also this year, a special area will be set up for your company group photos after the ceremony.

Don't want to drive home after the Gala? PGAMA has reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western located by Martin's West for $69/night. For hotel reservations call (410) 265-1400 and identify yourself as being with the PGAMA group.

Tickets are $79 each or $750 for a table of 10. For reservations call (410) 319-0900 or (877) 319-0906 and don't forget to provide the names of your attendees for name badges!

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Energy Supplier Clean Currents Ceases Operations

Options Available for PGAMA Members

Metromedia Energy LogoOn January 31, 2014 Clean Currents Green Energy Solutions, headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, announced that they have exited the retail electricity market place. All customers will be transferred back to utility default service effective immediately. With the recent jump in wholesale electric prices due to the extreme weather this winter, Clean Currents was unable to meet contract-pricing obligations in place with existing customers.

The extreme weather has forced utility default rates higher but there are still savings opportunities available with energy suppliers structured to sustain sudden uptakes in the energy markets.

PGAMA partner Metromedia Energy Inc is available to help members identify solutions through their Power Shop pricing program. Please contact Tom Gussen by phone at (732) 440-0031 or by email at tjgussen@mmenergy.com to discuss your energy supplier options today.

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Printing Industries of America Announces 2014 Officers

pia logoPrinting Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2014 Officers and Board of Directors. Through their instrumental involvement in Printing Industries of America and their local organizations, these individuals have displayed a passion for driving the industry forward. The installation ceremony took place on November 17, 2013, at the Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Chicago, Illinois.

Chairman of the Board—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s Board and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee Chairman from 2009–2011, and is a current Finance Committee member. Ekstein is committed to giving back to the industry and helping set the direction for its future. In addition to his involvement in Printing Industries of America, he has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), CPIA Government Affairs Committee Chair, and long-time Director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) as well as their Past Chair. He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement, and dedication to the printing industry and was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010, as voted in PrintAction Magazine. Ekstein’s local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.

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Did You Know PGAMA Is On LinkedIn?

LinkedInDid you know PGAMA has "members-only" groups on LinkedIn?  That's right, in addition to all of the great content you can find here on your association's website, you can also launch and participate in discussions on a range of interesting and informative discussions with your colleagues and peers from across the region on LinkedIn.  There are groups for PGAMA, Printing Industries of America, Print Grows Trees and the PGAMA Sales and MArketing Network.  Whatever your interest, there's a conversation going on. Log in to your LinkedIn account and use the search box to find "PGAMA". Once you find our group, simply click the yellow "JOIN" button on the right hand side to join the group.  We review all join requests regularly and will confirm your access promptly.  This is a "members-only" benefit so be sure your PGAMA membership is in good standing.  We look forward to LinkingUp with you on LinkedIn.  

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Kodak Begins Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)


Screenshot 2013-11-01 13.45.59Eastman Kodak Common Stock began trading on Friday, November 1, 2013 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)  “This is an important moment for the new Kodak,” said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to once again be listed on the NYSE. The change in our symbol reflects that we are a new company that is focused on business-to-business products and services, well-capitalized and firmly committed to delivering value to our shareholders and innovation to our customers.”

“We’re delighted to welcome the new Kodak to the NYSE community,” said Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “Kodak is an outstanding B2B technology company, and we’re excited to partner with them for their long-term growth and success. The company’s listing on the NYSE underscores our strong momentum in technology listings and the value of our brand and innovative market model. We are proud to be a small part of Kodak's historic turnaround, and look forward to serving the company and its shareholders in the years ahead.”

The new Kodak is a global technology company offering breakthrough solutions and professional services in the packaging, graphic communications and functional printing markets. Kodak leverages its technical expertise to drive change in the industry, with products like high-speed KODAK PROSPER Presses and Imprinting Systems, KODAK FLEXCEL Systems packaging solutions, and KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates.

Kodak builds on its direct sales by partnering with other innovators, and in recent weeks, has formed key collaborations, including with Bobst in the packaging market. Kodak also has joint initiatives with Timsons for digital printing and with UniPixel and Kingsbury for the production of functionally printed touch-screen sensors.

Upon Kodak’s emergence from Chapter 11 restructuring on Sept. 3, 2013, the then-outstanding stock of the company was cancelled, and the company issued new common stock that has been trading since that time under the symbol “EKOD” on over-the-counter venues. Upon listing on the NYSE, the new common stock will cease to be quoted on over-the-counter venues.

 

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