Minn. printers upgrade inserters

Cannon Valley Printing in Northfield, Minn., partnered with The Network to install a 16:2 SLS 2000 inserter. The machine, purchased from Innovative Mailroom Equipment, was previously installed in Vancouver, Canada.
Roger Stolley, general manager of Cannon Valley Printing, said the installation, start-up and training plan was very well organized.
Cannon Valley Printing is the central printing and processing center for APG Media of Southern Minnesota. Their products include, the Owatonna Peoples Press and Fairbault Daily News, as well as shoppers and TMC products. The plant also produces many commercial products such as Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer.
Meantime, ECM Publishers Inc., which produce 49 publications in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Anoka County (Minn.) Union-Herald, the Dakota County Tribune in Apple Valley, Minn., and the ECM Post Review in Cambridge, Minn., tapped GIS to upgrade its recently purchased inserting equipment.
GIS will overhaul ECM’s 15:1 single-out and 7:1 double-out Muller Martini 375 inserting system. IT will also add size-variable pockets to the inserters to accommodate a wide variety of product sizes for ECM, which also produces a large number of commercial jobs. The entire Muller Martini line will be factory reconditioned and GIS said it will manage installation, commissioning and training.

GSP Acquires Great Big Pictures

GSP, a leading provider of retail services, announced its growth plans today for Madison, Wisconsin-based, large-format graphics production lab, Great Big Pictures (GBP), which GSP acquired in May 2015.

The plant upgrades will accelerate the long-range growth of the fashion retail services provider and help GSP, its parent company, expand its reach. The upgrades include:

  • Expanded warehouse and fulfillment facilities to support complex, multi-store distribution requirements
  • The installation of specialized racking for storage of permanent retail graphics and store fixtures
  • Increased staffing in customer service, design and fulfillment

“The improvements provide a springboard for the rapid growth we’ve already experienced in 2015, as well as for organic growth that continues as word spreads about our merger,” noted GSP CEO Geoff Neuhoff. “We are able to use GBP’s ideal Midwest location, talented staff and expanded facility to provide faster turnaround and reduced transit costs to customers in the area,” he said.

GBP’s Vice President and and General Manager Alice Torti, also added, “These are exciting times, especially the idea of adding new positions. We are really looking forward to the new technology and talent.”

SGS acquires Traffik

SGS International (SGS), A Louisville, Kentucky-based provider of print production and packaging services, has acquired the Toronto-based marketing service firm, Traffik.
Traffik’s 90-person staff of copywriters, art directors, strategists, client-service professionals and production artists will integrate into SGS immediately.
“It’s a great day for both our organizations and our clients,” Aidan Tracey, SGS chief executive officer said. “With its top-notch team of creative professionals and strategists, Traffik bravely explores and often invents new avenues to connect with consumers. The addition of Traffik to SGS will significantly enhance both companies’ ability to serve clients in a creative, efficient, and scalable fashion globally.”

Traffik’s founder and CEO Mark Ferrier will continue to lead the company and will also take on an expanded roll with SGS overseeing Canadian operations.
“Over the course of the past 10 years, Traffik’s services have evolved to accommodate the ever-changing media environment – and we’ve done it well,” Ferrier said. “Together, SGS and Traffik offer a rare combination of skills and creativity. We’re excited to see where this new opportunity takes us.”