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Sept. 16-18, 2011
Small Distributor Summit
Pittsburgh, PA

June 4-6, 2012
2012 Print Solutions Conference and Expo
Baltimore, MD

Recent Issues

June 23, 2011
June 16, 2011
June 9, 2011

View Conference Photos

Photos from the 2011 Print Solutions Conference and Expo are now available on the PSDA website.

Look for full coverage of the recent conference in the July issue of Print Solutions magazine.




June 30, 2011



PSDA Featured in WhatTheyThink

This week, PSDA was featured in an article published in WhatTheyThink, a leading media organization for the printing and publishing industry. PSDA President Bill Prettyman and Executive Vice President Matt Sanderson are quoted as WhatTheyThink looks back on the management changes that have taken place over the past year. Read the full article.

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Examine Business Strategies that Promote Near Term Growth

Make plans to attend the Small Distributor Summit, Sept. 16 – 18 in Pittsburgh, PA and hear business expert, Greg Collins, discuss how to think about growth in the short and long term. Learn how growth and planning can provide the best avenues to build and capturing real value for stakeholders. A discussion-based question-and-answer session will follow, allowing attendees to share experiences and strategies with the group. Additional conference information is now available on the PSDA website.

Learn more and register today.

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PSDA New Member Highlight: Hagg Press

Learn about new PSDA members each week in the Print Solutions e-newsletter. This week, meet Hagg Press.

How did you hear about PSDA?
One of our distributors, Northstar Group, recommended that we invest in PSDA to increase our exposure in the industry.

What are your primary reasons for joining PSDA?
To gain access to PSDA's network of valuable distributors.

What services/products does your company provide?
We are a commercial printer that provides both publication work and general commercial print. We also offer digital printing, and combination pricing with high quality customer service.

For more information, visit

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PSDA Staff Profile: Meet Bill Wargo

Get to know members of your association staff in selected editions of the Print Solutions e-newsletter. This week, we feature Bill Wargo.

What is your role on the PSDA staff team?
I am the Creative Director for PSDA and Print Solutions magazine, responsible for the design and branding of PSDA's website, events, and printed materials. The majority of my time is spent designing and laying out the monthly, Print Solutions magazine.

Please describe the background and experiences that you are bringing to your role with PSDA.
I bring 17 years of experience in both design and publishing. For the past 11 years, I have worked with associations in the technology, healthcare, and business trade arenas and have designed in a variety of media, including print, web, and video. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.

As a member of the PSDA staff team, what are you hoping to accomplish?
I hope to influence the growth and evolution of the PSDA brand to match the constant evolution of the industry.

What is one "fun fact" or surprising piece of information about you?
I have been a professional drummer and percussionist for 25 years.

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R.R. Donnelley Acquires Helium to Expand its Content Creation Offerings

PSDA member R. R. Donnelley & Sons has acquired Andover, MA-based Helium, a company in which it took an equity position in September 2009. Helium is the world's largest writing community and social publishing platform, serving publishers and other content managers with cost-effective local and lifestyle editorial content. Its freelance marketplace enables publishers and others to access and commission content used in books, websites, catalogs, newspapers, magazines and other communications.

"This is a superb addition to our suite of content creation, management and delivery services," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, R.R. Donnelley's president and CEO. "Our previous investment in Helium gave us the opportunity to demonstrate its fit with our global offering. In combination with our premedia capabilities, Helium expands our content creation resources to enable us to offer end-to-end services to publishers and other customers. We believe that no other provider is capable of packaging an offer that so broadly encompasses each phase of content management, from inception to delivery."

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USA/Docufinish Adds American Ultraviolet "Aetek UltraPak Shuttered UV Curing System"

USA/Docufinish, a PSDA member with more than 25 years of exclusive service to the printing industry, added an American Ultraviolet "Aetek UltraPak Shuttered UV Curing System" to their 10" 6-color press. The UltraPak System offers benefits including faster press speeds, UV curing, and ultra high gloss varnishes. USA/Docufinish customers can receive these benefits when they order EZ release membership cards, roll labels or other pressure sensitive products, in addition to USA's extensive line of affixing and finishing services, consecutive barcode and numbering, digital labels, EZ release membership cards, integrated cards and labels, USPS approved lift notes, scratch off labels and many other pressure sensitive products for the direct mail and printing trade.

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Strata-Tac Inc. Hires Mike Bierowicz, Announces New Label Materials to Make Temporary Tattoos

PSDA member Strata-Tac Inc. recently hired Mike Bierowicz to be in charge of operations. The position was created for Bierowicz; his duties will include all production and quality control. Strata-Tac is continuing to expand production in its new Saint Charles, IL facility, and Bierowicz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the company in his new role. He was formerly the general manager with Polykote, a coating company in Pennsylvania.

Strata-Tac Inc. also recently introduced label materials to make temporary tattoos. This new patent pending application uses two new products that expand the offerings that customers can promote to the digital marketplace. End user markets will include amusement parks, child care, athletic teams and retail establishments. This technology can also be used as a security feature. The coating cannot be removed and reapplied elsewhere.

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InfoTrends' Print-for-Pay and In-Plant Study Identifies Significant Evolution of the Industry

InfoTrends' latest study, Production Print Services in North America: An Evolution in Progress, reveals how changing customer behaviors and economic pressures are shaping the future for print service providers. These factors are requiring printers to become more innovative, productive and cost effective. Value-added services will be a high growth area in the print-for-pay and in-plant markets over the next two years; however, there are notable differences in how the two market segments have responded to tough economic times, as well as their future investment intentions.

Through a combination of email surveys, phone interviews and desk research, InfoTrends gathered responses from 687 print service provider professionals to gain a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and issues impacting these markets. The study highlights a clear transition in the market, as digital continues to cannibalize offset print volumes. About 70 percent or more of both in-plant and print-for-pay establishments agree that print is migrating increasingly to full color and that run lengths are getting shorter. The key issue is that notable percentages of both groups are not seeing revenue growth. This is a critical factor driving significant market consolidation and the need to invest in new capabilities.

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