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News 29 OCTOBER 2014
General Printers filed a motion of intent to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The motion was filed on Friday, PrintCAN has learned. According to industry sources, some sales reps and customer service reps have moved to the Lowe Martin Group at its Mississauga location, but PrintCAN has confirmed that president, Wayne Moir, is now at Lowe Martin. Only a handful of employees remain at the General Printers location. 

Staff was apparently notified in late afternoon on Friday that the company was "bankrupt" and they should not come back to work. 
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News 29 OCTOBER 2014
Staples Canada has announced an expansion to its partnership with Bullfrog Power—a green energy provider—to include four copy and print production locations. They are in Burnaby, BC; Mississauga, ON; Laval QC and Calgary.

“Staples has the capability to do print jobs both at the stores and at print hubs,” Shaun Lewis, vice president, sales at Bullfrog Power said. “The jobs at the print hubs are generally sent there because they’re larger and more complex so they typically can’t be done at a store. ”

Ten locations, including the Staples Canada and Staples Advantage head offices have been bullfrog-powered with clean energy since April 2013.  >> continued
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014
It can be a long trek to east Scarborough, but well worth it if you’re looking to take a trip back in printing. East Scarborough—a former borough of Toronto—is where you’ll find Don Black Linecasting Service Ltd., an old-school printer’s dream where linotypes, Ludlows, and other ornate iron presses from a by-gone era rest in a threeroom warehouse. And there, shuffling around the shop, is 77-year-old Don Black himself. Looking for something in particular? He’s bound to have it. It’s quite likely that if anyone bought a letterpress machine in recent years, they bought it from Don Black. >> continued
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014

The Taylor team, from left: James Boyle, production manager; Gard Ashfield, press operator; Scott Williams, vice president of operations; Anthony Adams, press operator; Jason Taylor, press operator
  • LOCATION Fredericton, NB
  • SIZE 21,000 sq. ft.
  • SALES $4.5 million
  • SERVICES Litho, wide-format and digital printing, full finishing
  • CUSTOMERS Government, institutions, agencies and local businesses
By John Zarwan

CHALLENGE: Keeping that edge
Taylor Printing Group began operations in the winter of 2005. Following a few years of dramatic consolidation for the Maritimes’ printing industry, a number of former owners and executives with a combined 150 years of industry experience decided to form a new company, building its staff with the best employees from a recently closed facility in Fredericton. The group saw opportunities in the Maritimes, and knew that companies based outside of the region didn’t understand the needs of Atlantic Canada. >> continued
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014
David Allan is making a play for a national presence. Calmly, slowly, one move at a time.

ON A COLD FEBRUARY DAY a decade and some odd years ago, David Allan walked aimlessly along the sea wall in Vancouver wondering what the hell he was doing with his life. Eight months prior he had decamped from Quebecor Printing, leaving his regional vice president role and shifting gears from 20 years of printing experience to work as an executive recruiter. Leaning back in his chair at Rhino Print Solution’s Toronto office, Allan recalls his thought process. “You find the business can be a grind at times, and you think, ‘Gosh, isn’t there an easier way to make a living?’”

Read more about our 2013 Printer of the Year here
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News 24 OCTOBER 2014
Peter Muir, president of U.S.-based Bizucate, laid out a six-step plan to improve business performance at the most recent meeting of the Digital Imaging Association. More than 100 print industry reps gathered to hear him at the Xerox Research Centre.

Peter Muir, president of Bizucate
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News 24 OCTOBER 2014
Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector—will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015.

The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing.  >> continued
News 23 OCTOBER 2014

Left to right: Darryl Turley, director; Paul Gregurovic, digital print specialist; Cory Stuart, director >> continued
News 15 OCTOBER 2014
Print World 2014 is ready to welcome the industry on November 22 to 24 at the state-of-the art Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

Print World 2012 

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News 14 OCTOBER 2014
The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has awarded $52,500 to students for the current school year. $15,000 was awarded to nine new students enrolled in the first year of approved study and $37,500 was given to 30 students who are continuing their education.

The funds board of trustees recently created the Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship, valued at 5,000 for students that exhibit a high level of talent. Samantha Tully will be attending Ryerson University in September at the School of Graphic Communications Management and is this year’s Warren Wilkins recipient.

The CPISTF began in 1971 and is funded by firms and individuals in the printing industry. Its aim is to attract a younger generation to the industry by providing financial assistance to those enrolled in a graphics arts management or technical program and must show a commitment to pursue a career in printing. >> continued
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