News & Updates
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PAGE 1 PRINTERS: RELIABLE PRINTING. SUSTAINABLE RESULTS.
Page 1 Printers has reduced environmental impact by using KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates for its oﬀset printing. Traditional printing plates are imaged on a platesetter, and then the plates are run through a bath of chemical developer and water in the plate processing equipment. Once processed, the plates are put on the printing press to begin printing. Process free plates are different. They use newer technology to skip the chemical processing step completely. Once they are imaged on the platesetter, they are “press ready” and can be put on press immediately for printing. And there’s more, click here to read the whole issue! Page 1 Printers Newsletter
Page 1 continues to support MRPA’s annual conference
Kirk will be heading up to Mankato on October 7 to support the 2015 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association’s 78th Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall, that will be held in the Verizon Wireless Center arena. If you are an MRPA member and will be attending, please stop by booth number 34 and chat with Kirk about your plans for 2016. Our visitors’ guides get rave reviews, and we can probably save you some money and definitely we can save you some hassle!
You can learn more about the association and the conference at the MRPA website: http://www.mnrpa.org/. We hope to see you there!
How do we get your colors right the first time, every time? In the current issue of The Page 1 Experience, we show you how new, high-tech color-accurate wide gamut monitors save time and improve accuracy of color reproduction on your jobs. We also profile Nick Meyer, owner/publisher of Volume One, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Nick is a relatively new customer, and he publishes a wide range of guides and listings that serve his region. We think you’ll find his story very interesting and relatable. And there’s more, of course—just click to read the whole issue! Page 1 Printers Newsletter
Leadership training at Page 1 Printers
Not long ago, we asked Enterprise Minnesota—a consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become more efficient— to provide a Frontline Leadership training class for 16 of our company’s leaders, with the goal of improving internal communications and increasing efficiency. The training helps leaders increase knowledge of their own communication style along with the styles used by their team members to improve interpersonal effectiveness and productivity”) Click here to read the full article.
Update on New Postal Hubs—Good News for Community Newspapers
The National Newspaper Association (NNA) is reporting that the U.S. Postal Service has announced it expects to have 187 service hubs open by fall to provide direct transportation for newspaper mail in locations where mail processing plants have closed”) Click here to read the full article.
Page 1 provides no-hassle saturation mailing
You’re printing up 10,000 flyers and you want to saturate a specific geographical area market with them. Page 1 Printers is printing them, but now who takes care of the mailing? Does one of your people need to do the research and figure it out?”) Click here to read the full article.
As printers, we obviously believe in the importance of printed matter, even as we acknowledge the importance of the digital world of which we’re a part. That is why it is so interesting to read what other professionals have to say about the future of print.”) Click here to read the full article.
Just a little over a year ago, we were breaking ground on a new 7,500 square foot expansion to our facility. We needed the space to house a new 16-page sheetfed press and additional warehousing area. This past fall it all went live, and we’ve been running the new press for about the last 9 months. It has really opened up new markets to us, allowing us to create high-end, glossy printed pages but in a very cost-efficient manner.”) Click here to read the full article.
Top 5 reasons to choose or recommend Page 1
Over the past year or so, we’ve been talking a lot about the key differences that make Page 1 Printers your first call for any kind of commercial printing. Here’s a quick recap of why these core competencies matter to your business:
1. Economical web printing. If you need primarily a lower-cost print option, our non-heatset web printing system is intrinsically faster than a sheetfed press and is capable of producing up to 30,000 impressions per hour—and that translates to a more economical job.”) Click here to read the full article.
The latest issue of our newsletter reports on the free Kevin Slimp workshop we hosted last month, including feedback from people just like you who attended. If you haven’t been to one of our free workshops in the past, check out the report to see if it might be something you should sign up for the next time it comes to town! We also interviewed Tim Stevens, co-owner of KK Stevens Publishing in Astoria, Illinois. Tim explains why it makes good business sense for him to have Page 1 do certain types of printing for him. To read these articles and more, click here:Page 1 Printers Newsletter
You’re probably all aware that postal rates are going up at the end of the month. Some are staying flat (no increase,) but most are increasing, from 0.19% up to a maximum of 5.88%. To make it easier to know which increase will apply to a particular mailing, we have posted a “cheat sheet” or summary listing all the types of increases as well as current versus future rates. We hope you will find this tool useful! Click on this link New Postal Increases to go directly to the document, which we are hosting on our Education page through the end of the month.
USPS issues industry alert on PRC ruling
According to the official announcement by the USPS on Thursday, May 07, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. According to the PRC, this “enables the Postal Service to move forward with a new pricing strategy to capitalize on strong mail and package growth.”) Click here to read the full article.
More equipment ordered to boost capacity, capabilities
We’ve just had our new 16-page sheetfed press operating in our new building expansion for a little more than half a year, and now it’s time to bring in yet more specialized equipment to continue upgrading our capabilities.) Click here to read the full article.
Kevin Slimp educational event was very well received!
We’ve been getting comments from a number of you that attended the educational event that we hosted a couple of weeks ago, and we’d like to share those with everyone.
We had over 70 in attendance, and everyone loved Kevin Slimp’s presentation it seems—no worries about dozing off when Kevin is leading the discussion! And we have to give a shout out to The Vine, the local restaurant where we held the event. Almost every email included some variation of “And by the way—the food and restaurant service was awesome.” We have to agree—it’s one of our favorite places, too.”) Click here to read the full article.
USPS will not implement April postage increase (for now)
We just received an alert from the National Newspaper Association that we’d like to share with you. You may recall that the Postal Service had planned to increase the cost of postage for Periodicals and Standard Mail on April 26. Now they have announced that they will not implement this price change at this time. Officially, they are just delaying the increase, and the NNA tells us that the earliest the increase could go into effect now would be mid-May. For more details, you can read the original announcement at http://www.nnaweb.org/article?articleTitle=member-alert-postal-service-delays-april-2015-price-change–1427494234–1047–1top-story.
Does your mailing list suffer from address format frustration?
The quality of your mailing list can have a big impact on your mailing’s effectiveness. One big pain can be when the Post Office doesn’t like the address you use—or more specifically, the address format. This can happen even if the mailing list you are using has addresses to which you have been delivering for years without a problem.”) Click here to read the full article.
Reporting from the Midwest Community Free Papers Spring Conference
Craig and Kirk from Page 1 attended this year’s MCFP Spring Conference in Altoona, Iowa, March 13 and 14. This year marks the first conference to formally include the Minnesota group, which recently merged with the Midwest organization, joining over 150 free papers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois. ”) Click here to read the full article.
Only two more days to sign up for the upcoming training sessions we are hosting here in Slayton, MN on Thursday, April 9. Kevin Slimp, one of the best known speakers and trainers in the publishing world, is returning to teach classes on Photoshop, InDesign and Bridge, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More details and a complete agenda—including information on our Customer Appreciation Open House which will follow the classes—are available at http://page1printers.com/about/education/education-event/. We hope to see you there!
Excellent article about young people and the future of print
The other day, someone asked me about the future of print—it made me think of an article I’d read a couple of months ago, that is well worth sharing. Very interesting. (Craig Ryan, General Manager, Page 1 Printers) http://kevinslimp.com/young-people-dont-read-papers-or-do-they–cms-262
Kevin Slimp training returning to Page 1 Printers April 9
Save the date! We just wanted to give you advance notice of the upcoming training sessions we will be hosting here in Slayton, MN on Thursday, April 9. Kevin Slimp, one of the best known speakers and trainers in the publishing world, is returning to teach two classes—one in the morning and one in the afternoon.”) Click here to read the full article.
Dedicated delivery fleet—part of the “Page 1 Difference”
Page 1 Printers is located in Slayton, Minnesota, tucked away in the southwestern part of the state. But our reach goes quite a bit beyond the local prairie communities.
Our dedicated fleet of delivery trucks make multiple weekly trips to Fargo-Moorhead, Omaha and Lincoln, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In fact, we’ll make deliveries pretty much anywhere within a 300 mile radius of our home base in southwest Minnesota.”) Click here to read the full article.
Carmen Kraus of Abilene Machine Wins Drawing for $100 Gas Gift Card!
A couple of months ago we sent out a mailing to promote our “Talk back to us” program, in which we solicited your suggestions for future topics to address in our blog, LinkedIn updates and newsletter. As an added inducement to “talk back to us,” we offered a free drawing for a $100 gasoline gift card—with gas prices going down, that will buy even more gallons now, which is an unexpected bonus!”) Click here to read the full article.
Stop by and see us at the MN Newspaper Association Convention
Page 1 is a co-sponsor of the 148th Annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, one of the largest state press association conventions in the nation. It will be held in Bloomington, Minnesota, January 29, 30. More than 600 publishers, editors, reporters, photographers, designers, circulation managers, advertising professionals and journalism students attend each year. Be sure to stop by and visit us at booth number 12. To learn more about this event, go to http://mna.org/mna-convention/.
Reminder: Enter to Win a $100 Gasoline Gift Card Our “Talk back to us” promotion is still going on, and you have time to enter! Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Talk back to us” in the subject line and tell us what you’d like to see us talk about in our newsletters, blog posts, and LinkedIn updates. .”) Click here to read the full article.
New issue of The Page 1 Experience now available
The current issue of our newsletter describes the online tools that allow us to collaborate with each customer on every job, and makes the job of proofing a print job so much quicker and more convenient. We also talk to Benno Sydow, business manager for The Lutheran Spokesman magazine, and ask him how things have been going since he switched to Page 1 a little over 5 years ago.”) To read these articles and more, click here.
Who knows how long it will last—but we have some good news from the USPS
The USPS Board of Governors has announced that they will not seek any price changes—for “changes,” of course, you should read “increases”—through January. (It’s not like price reductions were even under consideration.) It’s short-term, but at least we’re covered through the end of the holiday mailing season and into January, and maybe even into the rest of the first quarter.”) Click here to read the full article.
Submit, update, review and approve jobs online
Did you know that Page 1 Printers uses the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System? Customers, prepress operators, and service representatives can submit jobs, track progress, collaborate on changes, and review and approve work 24/7 online. ”) Click here to read the full article.
Want to win $100 worth of free gas? All you have to do is send us an email at email@example.com with “Talk back to us” in the subject line and tell us what you’d like to see us talk about in our newsletters, blog posts, and LinkedIn updates.”) Click here to read the full article.
“Back and forth communication between a company and its customers is more important the bigger you get, not less,” said Craig Ryan, general manager of Page 1 Printers. “We’re expanding both in size and capabilities, and that means communication will be critical as the opportunities for potential confusion multiply. To really serve new and existing customers, we have to know what they’re thinking, what they’re really interested in.” ) Click here to read the full article.
Newsletter Issue No. 2: The Page 1 Experience
The second issue of The Page 1 Experience features a look at the advantages of both sheetfed printing and coldset web printing, as well away to get the best of both in one product. And, read how Tim Miejan, editor and co-publisher of The Edge, recently had a “Page 1 Experience.”)Volume 1 Issue 2
New 16-page Sheetfed Press Up and Running
This summer we announced that our 7,500 square foot expansion would feature a new 16-page sheetfed press. We’re happy to report that the press is up and running, and that the addition of this press expands our capabilities in ways that matter to our customers.) Click here to read the full article.
Sheetfed + web = best of both?
If you were one of the readers who wondered what we meant in last week’s update when we said that it is sometimes a good idea to use two different types of presses on certain jobs, here is your answer! ) Click here to read the full article.
Issue 2 of The Page 1 Experience
The latest issue of our newsletter will be shipping soon, and we wanted to give you a quick preview. ) Click here to read the full article.
Kirk and Tom will be setting up our booth at the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in Blaine, MN, September 25, and they hope to see as many of the 275 expected attendees as possible.) Click here to read the full article.
There is finally a bit of good news coming from the Post Office. According to a recent press release, the CEO of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) states that it is highly likely that the six-day mandate for 2015 will be passed by Congress this fall.) Click here to read the full article.
If you have a publication that mails out nationally, we may be able to merge your mailing with others going to the same locations to reduce overall costs for everyone.) Click here to read the full article.
Stochastic screening for better color, finer detail. Stochastic screening—also known as FM screening, or by its Kodak brand name, Staccato—offers a vastly improved final printed product. (Screening is a stage in the printing process. This type of screening uses computer software to create very small dots that are imaged onto a printing plate.) Click here to read the full article.
“Green” printing debuts at Page 1 Printers. We recently switched over to “process free plates.” Process free plates are plates that do not need to go through a plate processor before they are mounted on the press. This puts us—and our customers—a few steps ahead of the “green” curve.Click here to read the full article.
We hired a new Sales Manager! Click here to read the full article.
News Alert on U.S. Post Office Closings
Regional Postal Service Processing Plants closing, service standards dropping for periodicals, first-class mail. Click here to read the full article.
Volume One of our Newsletter covers recent changes to our building and where we are heading in the near future. Read more to hear from one of our customers who learned what it means to “Experience the Page 1 Difference.”Click here to read the full article.
What pops into your head when you hear someone say, “You need to call Customer Service”?Click here to read the full article.
Students and faculty from Pipestone Elementary and St. John’s Elementary of Okabena visited our offices and took a tour of the shop floor.Click here to read the full article.
We exhibited at the Midwest Free Community Papers spring conference in Des Moines Click here to read the full article.
We started construction on our new building addition! Click here to read the full article.
We hired a new sales representative! Click here to read the full article.