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Feature: Re:think Design Conference

Feature: Return of the PIA President’s Conference

Speakers inspired creativity

Leaders Network

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Expert Column: Strategic Selling

Expert Column: Human Resources

Tips to make you more successful

Keeping an appropriate workplace

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BOARD ROSTER: CHAIRMAN

John Crammer, Best Label Company

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Frank Parks, The Parks Group

BOARD MEMBERS:

Gil Caravantes Commerce Printing Services

BEST OF SHOW IN PRINT

John Crammer (Chairman) Best Label Chris Cullen Moquin Press Ian Flynn (1st Vice Chairman) Direct Repsonse Imaging Dava Guthmiller Noise 13 Jeff Jarvis Spicers Frank Parks (Immediate Past) The Parks Group Chris Shadix Dome Print and Marketing Solutions San Francisco Division Cindy Sonnenberg K/P Corporation Stephen Sprinkel Sprinkel Media Network

STAFF ROSTER: PRESIDENT

Dan Nelson

DIRECTOR MEMBER SERVICES Jim Frey

DIRECTOR MEMBER PROGRAMS Laura Vargas

DIRECTOR EDUCATION Barbara Silverman

DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS Todd Donahue

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR Gabrielle Disario

MEMBERSHIP SALES Shannon Wolford Alla Panchenko

FINANCIAL MANAGER Emily Gotladera

ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST Maria Salita

The 19th Annual VMA

Showcase Awards Luncheon was held this year at The Midway, San Francisco, on June 9. In conjunction with the VMA re:think Design Conference, it was a celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the printing and design industry in Northern California and Northern Nevada. The VMA Showcase Awards is recognized as one of the most prestigious symbols of printing and design excellence and offers VMA members the opportunity to promote their considerable talents to current and potential customers. Winners receive Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition. Gold entries are further judged to determine the highest honor of them all—Best of Show.

All Gold Award winners entered in the print category were also forwarded to the Printing industries of America Premier Print Awards for the international competition for the coveted Benny! This year VMA members fared exceptionally well in the competition including capturing Bennys. Contact VMA to get a copy of the awards booklet generously printed by our sponsor Canon Solutions America

VICE PRESIDENT INSURANCE SERVICES David Katz

INSURANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS

Renee Prescott, Crystal Carlson, Lena Nelson, Sue Benavente, Jessica Clark, Diedra Lovan

DIRECTOR SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS Greg Golin

DIRECTOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Gerry Bonetto

HUMAN RESOURCE SPECIALIST Cheryl Chong

EDITOR

Noel Jeffrey

ON THE COVER:

Congratulations to Jeff and Kathy Main of AMP Printing and Graphics who appear on VMA’s Connected cover for the second year in a row as Best of Show Winners in the 19th annual Showcase of Print and Design Excellence. Multi-Color Corporation, Napa, won the most awards taking home 17, followed by Moquin press with 12. Studio Hinrichs captured Best of Show Design.

Judith McKim and Mark Swingle, Watermark Press, and Eric Zirbel, HP

Multi-Color Corporation – Napa employees from left to right: Liz Bonnett, Chris Schumacher, Greg Boothroyd, Bill Knopka and Julia Post


BEST OF SHOW IN DESIGN

JUDGES’ CHOICE IN PRINT

JUDGES’ CHOICE IN DESIGN

SHOWCASE WINNERS

AWARDS RECEIVED BY COMPANY Company Name

Gold

AMP Printing

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Best Label

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Canon Business Solutions-West

Patricia Cornwell, Western Web, with her daughter-inlaw Lisa Cornwell

Bill Bartee, Brian Lloyd and Samantha Gomez, Vintage 99

CMYK

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Decca Design

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Daniel Dejan, Sappi Paper, presents the Best of Show Design Award

DJ Matt Riley played music during the luncheon Photos courtesy of Kim Rubio of Rubio Photo, and Jim Frey of VMA

Bronze

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First Impressions Printing

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Fischer Group

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HERO Marketing

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Michael Osborne Design, Inc.

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MicroDental Laboratories

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Moquin Press

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Multi-Color Corporation - Napa

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Multi-Color Corporation - Sonoma

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Noise 13

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Pacific Standard Print

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Performance Printing Center

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Quadco Printing

Time Printing team (Left to right) Jonathon Long, Andrew Poole Jr., Kristen Blair, NeverBoard, Andy Poole and Paul Chance

Silver

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Studio Hinrichs

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Time Printing Solutions Provider

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Vintage 99 Label

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Watermark Press

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Western Web, Inc

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Total Awards

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Thank You to Awards Sponsors: Canon Solutions America

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As a VMA Member you are able to attend our events for FREE or at special member rates. We offer VMA Members and the public numerous events throughout the year including social and professional events and negotiate discounts for upcoming conferences to pass on the exclusive deals and best events to our members. These events are created with our members in mind to further acquire knowledge on special topics and to also connect with others in the industry. If you have suggestions for events, please contact Laura Vargas at laura@vma.bz or 800-659-3363. Visit vma.bz for more information on the latest event offerings and to register.

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VMA’s

RE:THINK DESIGN CONFERENCE

Inspired Creativity

BY BARBARA SILVERMAN

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f you missed this year’s conference you missed some fascinating talks. In the trendy new venue called The Midway, located in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, Carolina DeBartolo kicked us off with a discussion labeled Fitness, Firmness and Delight. In her talk she sited ancient Roman architect Vitruvius, whose design principles dating back some 2000 years are still relevant today. Vitruvius’ principals as she defines them—Fitness, Firmness and Delight—translate to useful, usable and desirable. Without any one of these elements, in any proportion, a design goes from good to bad. Her message seems relevant as today’s designers consider the entire user experience. Maybe nothing has changed? Carolina was followed by Dava Guthmiller of Noise 13 who brought on a panel of her own clients to discuss How we Experience Food as Users and the relationship to Good Design. Again, it’s about the user experience and how life and style are used to build a lasting design.

Mark Holmes took us on a journey through his career as he discussed Using Design as a flotation device. He demonstrated a fascinating parallel experience to how technology and design aligned and have influenced opportunities. Starting on a Mac 2 designing newspaper sell sheets he migrated to designing games in the mid-90s, and later to Pixar to Google. He took us through the process of color choices for the Pixar movies and how they were chosen to reflect specific emotions at an unconscious level. Daniel Dejan from Sappi returned to our conference once again with a fascinating talk on the overlook sense of touch and how it affects the brain. He went on to examine how media shapes the brain, and consequently the way a brand is perceived. This is undoubtedly something we are bound to hear more about in the future. Kristy Cameron from Starbucks shared a lively talk of the process she used in redesigning a VISUAL MEDIA ALLIANCE

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global brand and how company values were a critical element to this process. Other speakers included Jen Tank of Huge Design. She also referenced history as she mentioned Plato’s 2,400-year-old idea on the importance of beauty and the role of the designer to remember why we do what we do. Tanner Christiansen discussed the myth that is inspiration. More on his topic was published on Medium and referenced in another article in VMA Digest. Elle Yaven helped us understand the value of creating awareness of our everyday habits and communications to get the best out of ourselves and others. And last but not least let us not forget the research that was shared by Megan

Vendors offered great samples

Award winners got hands-on examination

Michael Osborne greeted attendees

Participants were appreciative, rapt and active

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Slabinsky of the The Creative Group. It seems our industry is alive and thriving! As we approached the closing of the day’s talks Michael Osborne and Jared Erondu compared notes on their careers as the legend and the millennial. They both left us amused and awed by their observations and accomplishments. After an inspirational day that fired up creativity, an evening of fun and fellowship was in order. Guests and exhibitors mingled, greeted old friends and colleagues and made new ones. Barbara Silverman is the Director of Education at VMA (barbara@vma.bz).

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THE RETURN OF THE

BY JULIE SHAFFER

Celebrity speaker and author Jeffrey Hayzlett exhorts the audience to “think big, but act bigger” at the 2016 President’s Conference.

PIA President’s Conference

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ost CEOs will agree that it is important to periodically get some distance from the day-to-day operation of a company to be able to look at it with a fresh perspective. The Printing Industries of America President’s Conference offered just such an opportunity during its run March 6-9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert. The President’s Conference returned, after several years’ hiatus, in response to strong peer demand for a program designed specifically for industry business leaders to discuss topics that matter most to them and the chance to network in a casual environment. Over 175 printing industry CEOs, owners and financial executives attended the “new” President’s Conference, which ran under the banner “Ignite the Leader in You.” In addition to high-profile keynote speakers, attendees could choose from three breakout topic tracks —Leadership, Business Development and Finance. Following a promise to deliver content specifically developed for print leaders, many sessions featured printing company executives who could “walk the talk” of running a successful business. The finance track was developed by the Printing Industry Financial Executives (PIFE) members and featured sessions focused on strategic planning, projection models and economic trends.

Before the conference proper, attendees were treated to an opening welcome reception on Sunday evening, followed by the RatPAC Supper Club, a fundraising event for the Printing Industries political advocacy program, PrintPAC. This fun event featured live music with a spot-on Sinatra impersonator to the excellent food and drink and unique “silent” auction, all to raise money for and awareness of, PIA’s PrintPAC. The conference kicked off with an inspirational keynote by Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International on what it takes to be a successful leader and effect positive business transformation. Monson understands this firsthand, having taken the helm of the mature FASTSIGNS brand in 2009, during one of the worst recessions in the U.S. history, and managing to revitalize and restore it to market leadership in the signage and visual graphics industries as well as in franchising. Monson was featured in the television show “Undercover Boss” in 2012 and she shared some anecdotes from that experience as she provided practical advice and specific tactics on how leaders can further develop their own leadership strengths. Jeffrey Hayzlett, primetime television host of “C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett” and author of several bestselling business books, was another high profile keynote speaker at the conference. Hayzlett is the former CMO of Eastman Kodak Company and appeared as a guest judge on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” The title of his session matched that of his most recent book as he admonished the audience to “Think Big, Act Bigger.” He detailed reasons some companies fail— fear, tension, risk and unkept promises—and offered advice on ways to convert those obstacles into a force for growth. An expert in creating a personal brand, Hazylett advised printers to build their own brand, to not settle but “stir things up” thus helping grow the industry overall. VISUAL MEDIA ALLIANCE

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Bob Danzig, former CEO of Hearst Publishing inspired the audience with a heart-felt keynote session entitled,“Discovering the Leader Within You.” Danzig talked about the inherent power in each person and how individuals can discover and bring these traits to the surface. Using no audiovisual presentation materials, Danzig walked among the audience as he delivered his address, often speaking directly with individual audience members. The session was widely feted, with one participant describing it as “authentic and genuine leadership training.”

Attendees of the PrintPAC RatPAC Supper Club review the items up for bid as part of the government advocacy fundraising event.

FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson addresses a packed house as the first keynote for the PIA President’s Conference.

Printing Industries of America CEO Michael Makin joins Frank Sinatra tribute singer in a rousing rendition of “New York, New York” at the PrintPAC RatPAC fundraiser during the President’s Conference.

Other keynote sessions included Dr. Colby Jubenville, author of the business book “Zebras and Cheetahs, Distinguishing Yourself From the Competition” who advised attendees to look differently at themselves and their business stay on the “inside” of the customer’s mind and industry. Two industry veterans, Jack Stoughton of Stoughton Printing and Peter Young of Digital Printing Systems (DPS) shared their insights on how to own your own business niche. Stoughton specializes in record jackets and Young’s DPS is a specialty ticket printer. The conference wrapped up with a talk from Dr. Frank Meza, MD who shared some sobering statistics on escalating healthcare costs and the reasons for it. Dr. Meza explained how the costs are impacted by unhealthy behaviors that lead to chronic disease and how to build a workforce health strategy. In addition to the keynotes, attendees had the opportunity to attend any of three concurrent breakout sessions, including top-of-mind subjects, like how to work with younger, “Millennial” staff people. Many of the breakout session presenters were printing industry CEOs sharing their stories with their peers. One of these was Doug Rawson, President of Superior Lithographics, who brought some of his staff to be part of the program. They shared how the company, inspired by the PIA Continuous Improvement Conference, took the idea of the “suggestion box” to new heights, radically changing and improving the way the organization operates and how it now incorporates staff ideas in the running of the company. Hassan Igram explained how his company, Cedar Graphics, broke into the packaging space and just what sort of investment it took to do so. He shared images of some very impressive, high end packaging work the company now produces for a growing list of packaging clients. Michael Makin, CEO Printing Industries of America, led a panel discussion on how to make 15% plus profits featuring three profit-leading company presidents, Bryan Hall, Graphic Visual Solutions, Ted Strauss, Suttle-Strauss and Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group. Leslie Groene lead another panel on how to lead salespeople to success, featuring Peter Young, President of DPS and Gary Thormodsgaard, Vice President of Meridian Graphics. The overall response to the new and improved President’s Conference was overwhelmingly positive. The 2017 President’s Conference is set for March 12-15 at the Long Beach Hilton. To learn more, visit www.printing.org/presidentsconference. Julie Shaffer is the Vice President of Education and Marketing at Printing Industries of America.

Leslie Groene, Kristy Villanueva and Gary Thormodsgaard toast the opening reception of the 2016 President’s Conference.

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If there are accommodations that you are asked for by transitioning or transgender employees and are unsure of how to respond, be sure to consult with qualified legal counsel before rejecting or refusing the accommodation. This was a hard lesson experienced by a check printing and financial services company, based in Minnesota. They were fined $115,000 and had to change their practices following an EEOC lawsuit.

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Keep Up With The Rules Transgender Employees Rights and Employer Obligations

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Recently, California’s DFEH (Department of Fair Employment and Housing) issued a new brochure titled “Transgender Rights in the Workplace.” A few key points for employers to be aware of, include the following: There are two kinds of gender transitions: physical and social. The former involves medical treatments. The other involves name change and pronouns, bathroom usage and activities. The employee does not need to be involved in any particular step in the transition to be protected. Employers need to structure their interview questions to be focused on the job being interviewed for, and avoid questions that inquire about sexual orientation, gender identity, reassignment surgery or transitioning procedures. Dress codes and grooming standards should be non-discriminatory. The employer cannot judge the transgender worker more harshly than other employees in terms of compliance. Appropriate restrooms must be provided for all employees. An employee should be allowed to use the locker or restroom that corresponds to his and her gender identity, regardless of the employee’s assigned sex at birth. Employers can provide privacy and options for all employees and where possible, offer the option or a single-user or unisex restroom. However, the use of those bathrooms by transgender or other workers should be optional or voluntary, a matter of choice or preference. | CONNECTED | SUMMER 2016

On May 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule changing the minimum compensation for exempt employees to $47,476 annually (indexed beginning in 2020) effective December 1, 2016. Note that the California minimum compensation is currently $41,760 annually and will rise to $45,936 January 1, 2017, and $50,112 January 1, 2018. Thus, the DOL standard will apply until 2018 at which point the California standard will govern because it’s higher. Both the DOL and California regulations have provisions defining the duties of employees who can be exempt from the payment of overtime. Since, the California regulations are generally stricter, they will usually apply. Care must be exercised in classifying employees as exempt because errors will lead to substantial back pay and penalty costs. Do you have any employees who are either going to be deployed into active duty or veterans who currently are in the workplace? Recently, California’s department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a new fact sheet http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/res/docs/Publications/ Brochures/2016/WorkplaceRights4MilitaryVeterans. pdf highlighting workplace protections available to those actively serving or who have served the USA.

Smoking Rules Changed by New Legislation

The New Laws: • Treat the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices that contain nicotine as “smoking” – thus extending existing smoking bans to cover such products. • Expand smoke-free workplace protections by getting rid of most of the existing exemptions that permitted smoking in certain work environments, such as bars, hotel lobbies, warehouse facilities and employer-designated smoking break rooms. • Expand the workplace smoking ban to include owner-operated businesses. • Raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21, except for active military personnel. Other legislation passed as part of the package related to tobacco-retailer licensing fees and to expanding tobacco prevention funds to charter schools. Because these measures were enacted as part of a special session of the legislature, they generally take effect the 91st day after the special session’s adjournment – which was June 9 in this case. An employer’s duty is to provide a safe and healthy work environment so check your employment rules and regulations regarding tobacco use and be in compliance with the expanded laws on smoking.


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Marcom Resource Management Marcom Resource Management provides marketing resources and logistic services. Clients use our network for graphic art consultation, creative design, print production, fulfillment and distribution. Dennis Chu 415-340-2882 Dennis@marcommrm.com

JLM Energy

JLM Energy, Inc. offers a full portfolio of advanced energy solutions including smart energy storage systems that are designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy expenditure for our customers. Nate Newsom 916-304-1603 nate.newsom@jlmei.com www.jlmenergyinc.com

Case Paper Company ROC Advertising

ROC (Results Only Consulting) Advertising offers direct mail marketing services. Working alongside owners and operators, our extensive knowledge of business operations, advertising, copy, creative, and sales allows us to place focus on what is best for you while further advancing the growth of your business. Matt Neal matt@rocadvertising.com www.rocadvertising.com

Case Paper was established in New York in 1943 and started operations in California in 2008. We provide excellent service to the printing and packaging industry. The foundation of this service rests on maintaining one of the largest inventories of coated paper and board in the United States; providing swift delivery of custom-converted products; and the ability to process custom sizes of paper and paperboard. Timothy Resser 626-358-8450 tresser@casepaper.com www.casepaper.com

Michael Patrick Partners

Founded in 1980, Michael Patrick Partners is a creative agency specializing in strategy, design, marketing and websites. Our proven workflow process develops credible, differentiated and relevant brands. Winner of more than 500 awards, our creative standards are exceptionally high. Michael Ostrofsky 650-327-3185 michael@michaelpatrickpartners.com www.michaelpatrickpartners.com

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Rapidus Delivery—we offer professional delivery of anything to anywhere in San Francisco and Bay Area. Konstantin Gourji 650-488-7447 kgouri@rapidus.com www.rapidus.com

Ace Embossing and Graphics, Inc.

Ace Embossing is a full service Foil Stamping, Embossing, Die Cutting, Digital Printing and Graphics Studio specializing in a variety of services. Ace is a family- run business that takes their craft seriously, maintaining high quality craftsmanship with both antique and modern machines. Ace has been servicing the trade in the bay area since 1980. With your project and our experience, we have the knowledge to approach your project the best way to accomplish what you desire. Today, thanks to our network of printing associates we are handling more and more projects from start to finish. For more information, or to receive samples of our award winning work, please browse our website. Rick Arce rick@aceembossing.com www.aceembossing.com

Never Board

Since 2005, Never Board Graphics Co. has offered a wide range of solutions with emphasis in Vinyl Application & Printing, Graphic Design, Product Development and Garment Production. Our facility is well-equipped with the newest Roland VersaCamm Print and Cut machinery with a team of experienced applicators and designers, certified through the Roland Academy. Never Board is a family-owned business located on The Boulevard in Old North Sacramento. Kristen Blair ten@neverbaorddesigns.com www.neverboardgraphics.co

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PROGRAM Listings from Semper International

PRINT, CREATIVE, COPY, IT, ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGEMENT STAFFING Semper International built its reputation as the leading placement firm in the graphic arts and printing industry. While we continue to provide the best skill-tested and pre-screened employees in both of these fields, we have expanded our focus to include creative and business operational area. If interested in hearing more about any of the listed talent, please contact Lisa Arruabarrena at 415-992-3743. You can also visit our website at www.semperllc.com to search candidates that are available with specific skill sets. *Employee 5341 -   Lead Small Press Operator  • As production Manager I supervised eighteen personnel in press, bindery, duplicating and design • As Foreman managed evening shift • Prepared daily work schedules for a staff of 18 both bindery and printing departments • Assigned staff to various duties • Trained new bindery and press personnel • Responsible for ordering all supplies which includes ink, paper and chemicals for the pressmen • Trained new pressman familiar with the following presses: Ryobi 3302, Heidelberg, Quickmaster, AB Dick 350,360,9850, with T head, 9975, Multilith1250,2550,1360,1850,1860 with T head and Chief1 This candidate lives in Vallejo and is open to travel within 30 miles from home. Open to any shift and interested in temp, temp to hire or direct hire. Candidate is available immediately.  *Employee 100343 - Press Feeder • 30 years of experience in this trade 

• Ordering supplies from outside vendors for ink and general shop supplies • Ink mixing to make PMS colors and plate making on CTP This candidate lives in Manteca and is open to travel within 30 miles from home. Open to 1st or 2nd shift as well as temp, temp to hire or direct hire. Candidate is available immediately.  *Employee 119443 -  Mailroom/Warehouse “Some of my best attributes are listening following guidelines, taking notes, working in a team, and just listening when someone else’s talking.”  Packaged/Received/Shipped items from trucks onto their right locations, items like mugs, chairs, furniture, etc. I learned that teamwork will get a lot more stuff completed, within a time frame I multi-tasked through my job from the production line, rotating through jobs Receiving/Inventory/Server Unpacked/Packed boxes from trucks with items like chairs, tables, furniture, kitchen supplies moving them into the warehouse/hotel

*Employee 116689 - Small Press Operator Pressman with over 30 years of experience in the printing industry. Ability to operate several presses. Strong attention to detail on various forms of printing and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Responsible for preparing, maintaining and operating printing presses Prepare printing press by installing and adjusting machine features such as printing plates, ink and loading paper according to print job Operate Ryobi 3303H Operate Itek 975 PFA / Ryobi 3200 with T-head

Operate 2 color Heidelberg GTO Press

This candidate lives in San Francisco and is only available for San Francisco opportunities. Open to 1st or 2nd shift as well as temp and temp to hire. Candidate is available immediately. *Employee 117317 - Fulfillment Primary operator of our inkjet addressing machine with tabber

Makes a continuous quality check throughout operations

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This candidate lives in San Francisco and is open to travel within 20 miles from home. Open to 1st or 2nd shift as well as temp and temp to hire. Candidate is available immediately. 

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Engage with production manager to accurately interpret specifications on each print job and offer suggestions on the best, most efficient way to produce all jobs

Operate AB Dick 9810 Press with T-head

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Drives box truck and make deliveries to clients and post offices

The job was a great learning experience, I started as a intern there after they offered me a job I agreed. 5 years of learning how a job works

Rotate, as needed, sets up and operates most entry level bindery equipment including but not limited to: drill punch, folder, collators, off-line numbering machines, paper cutter, padding press and poly wrapper as required

• Experienced sheetfed, web and UV screen press professional

Performs basic shipping and receiving duties

Operate AB Dick 360 Press with T-head Operate Diddie Web Press Responsible to prepare and produce proper multicolor/mix ink Observe and adjust paper dimensions when necessary Duties include running envelopes, letterheads, business cards and various business forms such as 2 parts and 3 parts Responsible for stocking paper feeds Responsible for cleaning press and changing blankets This candidate lives in San Pablo and is open to travel 30 miles. Open to 1st or 2nd shift as well as temp and temp to hire. Candidate is available immediately. 


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