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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

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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.




July 14, 2011



Discuss Steps to Rebrand Your Business at Small Distributor Summit

In the past 18 months The Cooley Group, headquartered in Rochester, NY, has transformed their operations from transactional sales to providing premier services that define and enhance their client’s brand and image. This rebranding has resulted in significant sales opportunities and has elevated their stature as a trusted advisor to their clientele.

Discuss the steps to successfully rebrand and reposition your business at PSDA's 2011 Small Distributor Summit, Sept. 16–18 in Pittsburgh. During the session Rebranding Your Company — presented by Stuart Boyar, President and CEO of The Cooley Group, and Karie Ballway and Jeana Nicotera, brand consultants and co-founders of The Cooley Group’s Business Development Committee — attendees will perform interactive exercises to help them determine if rebranding is the right step for their business.

Read more about the Small Distributor Summit and register today. If you're arriving early Friday, be sure to sign up for the Datatel plant tour; space is limited.

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Print Distributors' Nontraditional Jobs Sourced by PSDA's Charlie Roberts

PSDA's sourcing expert Charlie Roberts helps PSDA member distributors connect and build relationships through potential job sourcing opportunities. Roberts receives sourcing jobs daily; some standard and others, well, let's say "untraditional." He then begins the task of connecting the PSDA print distributors to companies that have the necessary requirements to fulfill the job. Below are few unusual request that have recently come to PSDA headquarters.

  • Custom themed garden gnomes
  • Repositionable adhesive backed pads of paper with a union bug
  • Heat press garment care labels
  • Four-part continuous form with a 6-1/2” repeat
  • Spot UV coating on butcher paper

If you have sourcing request of your own, contact Roberts or join the sourcing Listserv and communicate directly with other members.

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Members Welcome PSDA Excutive Vice President

Last week, PSDA Executive Vice President Matt Sanderson visited several PSDA member companies throughout Michigan. Following the visits, Sanderson commented, "I continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm and passion that our members have for the industry and with the technical, sales, and marketing expertise that is resident within our association."

During his visits, Sanderson met with Phil Schmidt and Dave Carapellotti of Advanced Marketing Partners, Bill Strobridge of High Impact Solutions, Andrea Pesci-Jones, Kevin Salter, Sheri Clark and Mike Marcharik of Stylecraft Printing and John Andersen, Lisa Goebel, and Bill Tignanelli of Admore.

The PSDA staff team is currently planning future site visits.

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4over Celebrates Opening of Arizona Facility

Trade-only printer 4over recently opened its Phoenix, AZ, production facility. With the addition of the Arizona plant, 4over—a featured Print Solutions magazine advertiser—now has facilities in seven states. The Phoenix facility soon will be capable of producing all of 4over's traditional offset and Grand4mat products.

More than 300 print resellers from the Phoenix area attended the opening, during which they were treated to lunch, speeches from 4over CEO Zarik Megerdichian and Plant Manager John Rogers, the official ribbon cutting, and a tour of the 36,000-square-foot facility.

"What a fantastic turnout," Megerdichian said after the event. "This shows that our customers appreciate and recognize the value that we strive to bring to their business. Our high-quality 500 line stochastic print, faster production, superior customer service, and better delivery options show we are focused on making sure our customers have all of the right tools to help them grow and prosper."

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Harvey Software Inc. Plantrol Systems Renew Partnership Agreement

Harvey Software Inc. and PSDA member Plantrol Systems recently renewed their partnership agreement. Harvey Software's recent enhancements to its multi-carrier Computerized Parcel System (CPS) shipping solution have been extended to Plantrol Systems customers. These enhancements will allow Plantrol's customers to take advantage of new services offered by FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service. The partnership renewal extends an already long-standing relationship between Harvey Software and Plantrol Systems.

"Plantrol is delighted to further extend its long-term business relationship with Harvey Software and now be approved as a Certified Business Partner. Harvey Software has been very open to allow us to fully integrate our OMNIship application with its Computerized Parcel System (CPS)," said Dan Smith, vice president of sales and finance at Plantrol Systems, Ltd. "Harvey's CPS solution has the ability to accurately and efficiently ship high volumes per day with direct integration to Plantrol’s OMNIship and ERP applications. This combination brings great savings to customers in cost-effective shipping rates with minimal manual input through integrated Plantrol applications."

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Thompson Promoted to General Manager at Ennis-Dewitt

PSDA member Ennis Inc. recently promoted Joe Thompson to general manager of its Dewitt, IA, facility. Thompson is a 27-year print industry veteran with a specialty in labels. Prior to working for Ennis, he was the print manager for York Label. Thompson joined the Ennis Inc. team in December 2010 as plant manager, and he replaces Gene Carlson, who recently retired. Dale Donati, vice president of operations, said, "Although we have been planning for Gene’s retirement for some time, we are losing a great general manager. Joe Thompson brings a wealth of experience to this position, and he has been embraced by the entire management team of Ennis-DeWitt. Joe's knowledge and hard work will keep Ennis-DeWitt as a leader in the marketplace."

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Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Partners with Target

The Wisconsin-based Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum—dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type—recently partnered with Target to launch a line of shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, leggings and more that feature images from its Globe Printing Plate collection. The clothing items will be a part of Target's "Cool Never Fades" campaign, to launch in selected stores this week. Learn more.

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