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October 2014

October 2014

Big Value in Big Sky Country

Deep inside a nondescript, two-story brick building in the center of Helena, Mont., Ryan Betcher ruminates about the days when the state’s Print & Mail Services Bureau was filled with printing presses, running eight hours a day....

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In-plant by the Bay

Salla Vaerma-Jadlos has helped lead ReproMail for the City and County of San Francisco through good times and bad. She's been at the in-plant for 21 years and has seen the department achieve success in uncertain times for the printing...

Wide-format Ingenuity

Often when wide-format printing is discussed, the immediate connotation is of posters and banners. But a little creativity can go a long way, and with advancements in printer, ink and substrate technology, in-plants around the country are finding innovative ways...

Liza's Glass Eye

I can't remember who it was, but someone in my family once told me that Liza Minnelli had a glass eye. As a child, this fascinated me. I spent countless hours wondering how she lost her eye and how she acquired...

Crucial In-plant Metrics

When pricing their wide-format digital printing services, more than half of in-plants surveyed say their number one challenge is "determining real costs and overhead." This detail was discovered in a recent research study conducted by InfoTrends and In-plant Graphics. The study...

A Friend of the Court

Growing up in Missouri with an interest in art and history, Michael Jaffe admits a career in the Northern California graphic arts scene wasn't his original plan. "I just kind of fell into printing," quips the supervisor of the General...

A Memorable Show

The show this year seemed to be bursting with in-plant managers. I saw hundreds of them, not just at the events we organized, but walking the aisles, checking out equipment, hanging around the IPMA's "In-plant Place" networking lounge and attending...

Best Practices: Planning in 3D

The in-plant at American River College produces one to two million impressions per month and serves a community college campus of more than 30,000 students. It does all this while constrained to 900 square feet....

Best Practices: Photo Printing Takes Off

A little creative thinking and a small compromise can sometimes lead to unsuspected revenue. When a previous state commissioner placed a request to the State of Tennessee’s Division of Printing and Media Services for matted and framed photographs to be...