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Specialty Finishing Group Embraces Efficiencies and Marks Record Years

by: Amy Bauer Despite the travails of the economy and consolidations in the print industry, Specialty Finishing Group marked record years in 2010 and 2011 - the best of the previous five. Chief Executive Officer Jim Gallo attributes these successes to the Elk Grove Village, IL, company's efficiency, technology, customer focus and conservative use of resources. The company's core services are...

Metallic Finishes and Bindery Challenges

by: Jeff Peterson Although metalized finishes have been an eye-catching advantage for packaging and direct mail for many years, there has been a surge on the demand for foil in recent months. "Bling," as many refer to it, is in. You can see it in clothing, point-of-purchase displays and much more. Metallic Finishes Creating a metallic finish on printed products now can...

Solar Panel Installation at Spiral James Burn

by: Jen Clark A solar-powered renewable energy management solution at Spiral James Burn is expected to help lower building operating costs and reduce the company's carbon footprint at its corporate headquarters in Totowa, NJ. The project - an installation of about 3,500 solar panels - is the largest roof-mounted installation in northern New Jersey and will produce approximately one million kilowatt...

A Closer Look at Stitching Wire

by: Kris Shaw, WCJ Pilgrim Wire In today's commercial printing industry, stitching wire is used in two areas - the bindery and pressroom. Stitching wire is a low-carbon steel with a galvanized or tin coating. Stitching wire is used in the bindery or finishing departments in the form of saddlestitching, bookletmaking, side stitching and corner stitching. A more recent trend...

Casebound Lessons: Learning from the Leaders

by: Jen Clark Creativity ruled the day for three companies that took casebinding projects to new heights. Designers at a Missouri company used a collage of photos to showcase Chicago in a promotional piece that included casing for seven CDs, while craftsmen at an Arizona bindery turned out a new and innovative presentation product for a Canadian client. In addition,...

How to Close Sales That Are Over the Budget

by: Landy Chase, MBA, CSP It never ceases to amaze me how many business people assume that a budget dictates what the buyer can spend. In my experience, this almost is never the case. The truth is that in most cases, budgets are guidelines and nothing more than that. Additionally, they are sometimes based on a flawed or limited understanding...
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