Hirsch Int’l Corp. completed its acquisition by its CEO, Paul Gallagher, the company’s president, CEO, and COO, as well as other related parties, in a going-private transition. Hirsch’s stockholders approved the merger agreement for that transaction on October 20, 2009.
Stockholders are entitled to receive $0.31 in cash without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes for each share of common stock they owned immediately prior to the effective date of the merger. It is expected that Class A Common Stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) welcomed C&H Packaging into the fold of certified SGP printers. The Merrill, WI-based company handles printing, laminating, pouching, and branding for food and non-food products.
Steve Kahane, president of International Coatings Company, was recently named the new chairman of NASMA, the North American Specialty Printing Manufacturers’ Association. He succeeds Parnell Thill, vice president of marketing at Ikonics, whose three-year term as NASMA chairman expires at the end of December, 2009.
Nazdar, a manufacturer and distributor of screen-printing inks and chemicals, has received certification of its Quality Management System (QMS) to ISO 9001:2008 standards. Orion Registrar, Inc. conducted the audit and found Nazdar compliant to the new standards, which cover many aspects of business: design, development, manufacturing, and service. “Receiving and maintaining ISO 9001:2008 certifications requires continuous process improvement aimed at achieving total customer trust and satisfaction,” says Mike Fox, Nazdar’s president.
There’s no doubt about it: Things aren’t what they used to be, and sometimes that’s a good thing.
Let’s consider women in the workplace. This fall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the first time in US history, women have surpassed men in the economy, making up more than 50% of the workforce. This is a gradual change, considering that in 1967, women comprised just 33% of US workers.
In response to a changing industry—one that emphasizes functional and decorative printing done as part of the manufacturing process—a new magazine called Industrial + Specialty Printing (iSP) will begin publication in March 2010. ST Media Group International delivers the hardcopy edition in a bi-monthly format beginning March/April, alternating with Screen Printing magazine, which starts the new year off with a February/March issue.
There is hardly a step in the screen printing process that can’t be improved after a review under magnification. That’s because looking at film, mesh, screen, emulsion, or print under magnification will make little flaws just jump out. For some reason, using a loupe is looked upon as extreme in screen printing, as if using one signified an excessively nitpicky printer. This couldn’t be further from the truth, because a printer who regularly checks processes and prints under magnification will be able to correct numerous problems that are hard to detect.
In the past I really looked forward to SGIA. It was the biggest show of the year—the place where all the latest technology was unveiled. It also hosted the best printing-awards program in the industry. There was always plenty of buzz and it was generally four days of nonstop go-go-go.
Thinking of oneself as a manufacturer of screen printing rather than as a screen printer can be the conceptual key to standardizing and ultimately upgrading production. Successful manufacturers try to leave nothing to chance. They purchase reliable raw materials from reliable suppliers. As they make production improvements, they measure and document everything. Once they optimize production, they document work procedures and insist on check-offs at each step in the manufacturing regimen.
The 2009 SGIA Expo welcomed thousands of visitors at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 7-9. At the annual convention and exhibition of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, equipment and material suppliers introduced their latest innovations in graphics, garment, industrial, and specialty printing applications. This article highlights some of the products shown to the North American marketplace during this Expo.