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Book Binders Find Life in the Digital Age

by Dianna Brodine, The Binding Edge Despite the shuttering of brick-and-mortar bookstores and the rapid rise in popularity of electronic reading devices, printed books remain a staple in the hands of US readers. In 2013, the annual BookStats study reported that 457 million ebooks were sold the previous year, an increase of 43 percent over 2011. However, hardcover books were...

Communicate and Prosper

by Helen Wilkie, MHW Communications How much has poor communication cost your company in the past 12 months? Chances are, you have no idea. Chances are even better it's a lot more than you can afford. But you won't find the numbers in the financial statements or year-end departmental reports. Nothing shows up saying, "lost productivity due to miserable meetings" or...

BIA Annual Conference a Success in Dallas

The Binding Edge The Binding Industries Association held its annual meeting Mar. 30-Apr. 2 in Dallas, TX, at The Fairmont Hotel. Attendees enjoyed networking with peers, excellent presentations and informative discussions with the tabletop vendors on various solutions. Meeting in conjunction with BIA was the Continuous Improvement Conference, which focused on operational excellence and lean manufacturing. The BIA conference concluded with three...

Dale Reindl Inducted into the BIA Hall of Fame

The Binding Edge BIA Hall of Fame Members Jim Niesen, former executive director of the BIA Bill Eckhart, Eckhart & Co., Inc. Marty Anson, Bindagraphics, Inc. Jerry Nocar, Advantage Book Binding Aaron Silberman, American Thermoplastic Company Jim Decker, The John Christian Company Jack Rickard, Rickard Bindery Bill Seidl, Seidl's Bindery Norm Beange, Specialties Graphic Finishers Jack Kavanagh, Kolbus America, Inc. ...

Low-Budget Wonders: Get the Look of Specialty without the Price Tag

by Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com Everyone loves the specialty folds that I share on my "Fold of the Week" video series – they're so creative! However, I get the same comment over and over when I'm out in the field: "We love all of the ideas you're sharing, but we're never going to get to do any of them. We don't...

Binders Urged to be Aware of Legislation Affecting the Industry

The Binding Edge At the Binding Industries Association Annual Conference, Jim Kyger, assistant vice president of human relations, Printing Industries of America, presented a legislative update. Among the topics addressed were patent litigation reform, the Affordable Care Act and the impact of the upcoming 2014 elections as key Senate and House of Republican seats are in play. Of particular interest to...

A New Beginning at Phillips Graphic Finishing

by Jen Clark, The Binding Edge After 17 years as a management consultant for several leading global professional services firms, Andrew Hoffman was ready for something new. He researched his options, put together a group of investors and bought a bindery, even though he had no experience with the printing, binding or finishing industries. However, Hoffman brought a keen awareness...
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