Fredericksburg, Virginia—based Newtown is promoting a 21-day quoting blitz. The quotes need to be for business forms (laser cut sheets, continuous forms and unit sets) integrated form products (integrated cards, labels, decals, magnets and scratch-offs) or commercial print items. The contest, which runs through Sept. 25, allows a quote to be counted toward the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.
Fredericksburg, Virginia-based Newtown is inviting all print distributors, mail shops and trade printers to attend Newtown's Appreciation Day on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A little change never hurt anyone. With that in mind, this year’s big show promises a change of pace, a change of scenery and a change in demand. The newly revamped PSDA (formerly DMIA) will host its annual Print Solutions Conference and Exposition on Oct. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore. This year’s featured general session keynote speaker will be Charlie Pesko, founder and president of InfoTrends, a leading market research and consulting firm in the digital imaging and document solutions industries. Technological advances and refined marketing strategies are just some of the issues gaining momentum in a slowing economy. To encourage print
Newtown, Fredericksburg, Va., complements its current business forms and integrated products lines with very competitive four- and six-panel, four-color process brochures. The products come in an 81⁄2x35⁄8" trifold, as well as an 81⁄2x11" four-page style, and stock options include both 80 lb. and 100 lb. gloss text and cover text. The minimum order for the brochures is 500 pieces. For more information, call (800) 336-2110.
With the passing of another year, less-than-optimistic predictions continue to plague the forms sector. How often do we hear industry experts refer to printed forms as “a dying breed?” Yes, Print Professional’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers issue last October revealed a slight decline in forms sales with reported figures of $931 million compared to $1.08 billion in 2006. Nevertheless, paper-based forms had—and still have—the strongest presence in the entire printed-products market. In 2007, forms comprised 34.5 percent of the total $2.97 billion annual sales listed for the printing industry as a whole. Labels and tags were the closest competitors, making up only 18.8 percent
1 Ennis Headquarters: Midlothian, Texas Annual Sales $(000): 584,713 Principal Officer(s): Keith Walters, Chairman, President, CEO Employees: 6,200 Locations: 44 2 Champion Industries Headquarters: Huntington, W. Va. Annual Sales $(000): 145,188 Principal Officer(s): Marshall T. Reynolds, CEO Employees: 740 Locations: 22 3 Western States Envelope & Label Headquarters: Butler, Wis. Annual Sales $(000): 117,900 Principal Officer(s): Mark S. Lemberger, President Employees: 731 Locations: 5 4 Printegra Headquarters: Peachtree City, Ga. Annual
“Super-sizing” may have negative connotations since the release of a certain documentary a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean everything that’s been super-sized is potentially lethal. Offering traditional form/label combinations and affixed and integrated products is a healthy way for manufacturers to expand the variety of their services and products base. Even manufacturers of integrated labels may overlook everyday uses for such products. But, as consumers, we use form/label combinations and integrated products so often, they’ve become as ubiquitous as McDonald’s signature golden arches—well, without the same level of product recognition. First developed by Gary Stewart of Trade Printers, Phoenix, in 1980, the
Fredericksburg, Virginia-based Newtown has expanded its direct mail operations. Capabilities now include printing; personalization; folding; inserting; tabbing; stamping and;sealing the envelope for mailing. “Having the capability to print medium- to long-run cut sheet products on our web offset presses, along with the ability to convert our items into integrated product combinations, is a natural fit when providing direct mail services to the distributor market,” said Jim Corr, general manager. Newtown also offers a holding area for items requiring variable data imaging and future mailing dates. “The distributor automatically saves time and money by having the print order and mailing services under the same roof. Freight
Rank: 1 Company: Ennis, Midlothian, Texas Sales $(000): 559,397 Principal Officer(s): Keith Walters, Chairman, CEO, President Employees: 6,200 Locations: 42 (*Does not include sales figures for Block Graphics, acquired 08/09/06.) Rank: 2 Company: Champion Industries, Huntington, W. Va. Sales $(000): 135,000 Principal Officer(s): Marshall T. Reynolds, CEO Employees: 768 Locations: 22 Rank: 3 Company: Western States Envelope & Label, Butler, Wis. Sales $(000): 111,000 Principal Officer(s): Mark S. Lemberger, President, CEO Employees: 733 Locations: 5 Rank: 4 Company: Printegra, Peachtree City, Ga. Sales $(000): 87,706 Principal Officer(s): Casey Campbell, President, CEO Employees: 822 Locations: 14 Rank: 5 Company: PrintXcel, Montrose,
Manufacturers and distributors report on what's working, what's changing and what's in store for the future. End-users continue to demand the best for the least, as fast as possible, driving distributors and manufacturers to draw on their creativity and problem-solving skills to make it happen. Meanwhile, dynamics within the independent channel, as well as within the ranks of the major directs, are shifting, creating both opportunities to be explored and obstacles to be surmounted. Several manufacturers and distributors spoke with BFL&S about their products and services, relationships within the supply chain, the impact of the major directs and their outlook for the future.