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AGS Partners with CET Color to Enter the Wide-format Market

AGSLogoCOLUMBIA MD, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 – Atlantic Graphic Systems, Inc. (AGS) formally announces their entry into the “red-hot” wide-format inkjet print and finishing market. AGS is focused on bringing the most advanced technology available in this segment to the commercial and in-plant print market in the Mid-Atlantic U.S.

After considerable research, AGS has partnered with CET Color. The flagship of this new venture is the award-winning Q5-Series of flatbed and hybrid UV inkjet printers. “I am excited for the opportunities this partnership with CET will provide us in our traditional market as well as new markets in our region,” commented AGS President, Jeff Tomlinson, “The enthusiastic response to this announcement from our clients has been very encouraging.”


2015 Excellence in Print Awards Gala

2015 EIP Pieces 8195WebThe Judging is done! The winners have been selected! It’s time to honor the top printers in the region for their stellar printing capabilities at this year’s Excellence in Print Awards Gala! Who will take home the prestigious “Q” Award this year?

For years, printers have found that winning an Excellence in Print Award can be a powerful tool in helping to grow their business. Receiving an award in a prestigious print competition tells your customers and prospects that your company produces some of the finest print in the Mid-Atlantic today. The promotional possibilities are endless!

Join your peers on March 11, 2015 from 5:30 PM–9:00 PM at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt for an unforgettable evening in elegant surroundings. The event features a Gallery of the winning entries for your viewing pleasure during the reception with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres followed by the presentation of the awards.

Tickets are $79 each or $750 for a table of 10 and can be reserved using the downloadable form below or by contacting Debbie at 410-319-0900.

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Becker/RS&F Announces Death of Joseph A. Becker, CPA

‐ Known for His “Cash is King” Principle of Business Management –

Becker RS&F LogoColumbia, MD, November 7, 2014 – Becker, a division of RS&F, Chartered, today sadly announced the death of Joseph A. Becker, CPA. Becker died on November 6 after a year‐ long illness. He was 85 years old.

Joe served the print and packaging industry for over 60 years, and was recognized as “The Printing Industry’s Accountant” for his expertise in finance, production standards, compensation and incentive packages, mergers and acquisitions, and long‐range planning. He was also a frequent speaker on industry financial topics for national association events such as Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) Executive Development Program and National Association for Printing Leadership’s (NAPL) Management Institute. Joe’s numerous articles on industry topics and his “Cup of Joe” phone conferences are memorable.


Ricoh and PriscoDigital Sign National Distribution Agreement

September 24, 2014

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Prisco’s large commercial print customer base gains affordable solutions for short-run color print jobs

Prisco Digital logoMALVERN, PA, and NEWARK, NJ, – Ricoh Americas Corporation and PriscoDigital LLC, part of the Prisco organization, the leading graphic arts manufacturer and supplier of pressroom chemistry and process control equipment in North America, today announced that they have signed a national distribution agreement. With this deal, PriscoDigital’s commercial print customers in the U.S. can now take advantage of Ricoh’s full line of cutsheet digital production print solutions.

“At PriscoDigital, we are excited to provide our customers with Ricoh’s market-leading digital production print portfolio, which will enable them to offer short-turnaround color print services for personalized direct marketing, small business collaterals, transactional communications and other short-run color printing they couldn’t easily do cost-effectively in-house before,” said Steve Zunde, President of PriscoDigital. “We are confident that the Ricoh product range will be a perfect fit. With it, we will now have the most technologically advanced product portfolio, backed by superior sales and service support.”


AGS and Spiel Associates Team up in the Mid-Atlantic

Monday, September 22, 2014

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AGS LogoAtlantic Graphic Systems (AGS) announced today that they have signed an agreement with Spiel Associates, Inc. (http://www.spielassociates.com) to provide sales and service of the Sterling bookbinding solutions line to the Mid-Atlantic. This catalogue of equipment includes the popular Sterling DigiPunch and CoilMaster high-volume mechanical binding lines as well as the affordable DigiBinder perfect binder for short-run and on-demand book production, all of which will be on display at the upcoming GraphExpo in Booth #4036. AGS Vice President Jeffrey Tomlinson commented, “The Sterling solutions complement and extend our current lines of high quality finishing products. We are very pleased to offer this line to our clients.”

About Atlantic Graphic Systems
Columbia, Maryland based Atlantic Graphic Systems (AGS) is a printing, binding, finishing, mailing equipment and consumable sales and service organization. AGS is uniquely focused on providing products, technical support and business services to the Graphics Communications Industry in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. For more information contact Jeffrey Tomlinson at 410.290.8200 or visit us on the web: http://www.agspress.com.


2014 SaMN Crab Feast Lives Up To Its Name

2014 Crab Feast at Kurtz's BeachThe 2014 PGAMA Sales and Marketing Network Crab Feast surely lived up to its name. Friends and colleagues crowded the pavillion at Kurtz's Beach (See Images HERE) to enjoy the savory outdoor dinner and revelry of the last remnants of the summer. Platters of crabs, salads, barbecue, sausage, vegetables and a delightful assortment of desserts were abundantly shared among friends and fellow industry colleagues.

The Annual Crab Feast is a longstanding tradition and one of PGAMA's most successful events during the year. Thanks to premier sponsor MCS, the 2014 SaMN Crab Feast featured a range of extraordinary door prizes and giveaways including a Chromebook and an Outdoor Edition GoPro Camera.


A Message from Jay Goldscher


I am honored that the Board of Directors of the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic has selected me to lead PGAMA. I want to thank them for the opportunity and let you know that my mission, simply stated, is to retain and grow membership by providing more value to our members, enhance our relevance both legislatively and economically in our region and continue to be a resource to you and your business that will help you grow profitably going forward.

In addition, there are a number of potentially exciting ideas and programs that the board and staff of PGAMA have in mind and we will be exploring the viability of instituting them in the coming weeks and months.

I am very excited that after a forty year career of working for some of the iconic printing companies in our region and for some of the most visionary owners as well, that I will now have the opportunity to give back to an industry that has meant so much to me.

Thanks again for all the support and encouragement received since the announcement that I would be taking this position. It is greatly appreciated and I hope to reward your sentiments with results.

Jay Goldscher
President & CEO



C Kerr-2014-SkillsUSA-GC-ChampWebChandler Kerr, a student at Center for Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County, won the gold medal in the National SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competition last weekend. He is the 1st Maryland student to win gold in the event. Chandler also set a new record for most points ever scored in the competition.


PGAMA Sustainability Spotlight: EU Services

EUServicesLogoSustainability for the printing sector is often defined in terms of product, process, and envelope. Taken together, these terms provide a useful "road map" of sustainability for a company’s activities, products and services. All of these elements are important when defining sustainable printing operations.

  • Product includes the design aspects and input material management to create the product.
  • Process includes all manufacturing steps (e.g. prepress, press and postpress) involved with converting raw materials into a finished product including process by-products (e.g. solid wastes, air pollution and wastewater) that have an environmental, health and safety impact.
  • Envelope includes all the manufacturing support activities and includes the building, grounds, utilities, employees, and other functions at an individual site.

In the third installment of PGAMA’s Sustainability Spotlight we sat down with Art Simpson, Executive Vice President, Tom Loudon Vice President of Print Operations and Ian Pitcairn, Vice President of Operations at EU Services to talk about the evolution of their commitment to reduce the environmental impact in terms of product, process, and envelope at their Rockville, MD plant.


2014 Maryland State SkillsSA Graphic Communications Champion Crowned

2014MDStateSkillsGCWinnersPrint is alive and well, and being enthusiastically embraced by a new generation, based on the excitement observed during the 41st annual Maryland State SkillsUSA competition held Saturday, April 5th.

The winners of the 2014 Maryland State SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Competition are:

1st Place: Chandler Kerr, Center of Applied Technology North, Instructor Michael Born
2nd Place: Ben Schurch, Frederick County Career & Technology Center, Instructor John Augustine
3rd Place; Britnee Reece, Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Instructor David Hutchison

“We’re proud to be a part of the graphic communications competition every year and provide an authentic environment for students to compete in . . .” said Gary Habicht, president, Printing Specialist Corporation and PGAMA board member.


2014 Ratios Survey-Participate and Earn a FREE Report!

Ratios CoverThe 2014 Ratios Survey is now open and accepting participants. For more than 90 years this study has been the leading financial benchmarking tool for the printing industry. Each year 15 volumes are developed from a survey of more than 400 printing firms. Participation is FREE and entitles you to one FREE Ratios Volume of Choice.

There are four ways you can participate in the Ratios:

  • Online form at http://www.MargolisPartners.com/Ratios
  • Have Margolis Partners complete it for you (Download PDF form, complete company background info and order form (pages 6, 7, and 16) and mail along with your company's fiscal-year financial statements and year-end General Ledger Trial Balance to Margolis Partners LLC. $150 fee applies. )
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Participate by April 30, 2014, to receive a FREE report!

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Energy Supplier Clean Currents Ceases Operations

Options Available for PGAMA Members

Metromedia Energy LogoOn January 31, 2014 Clean Currents Green Energy Solutions, headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, announced that they have exited the retail electricity market place. All customers will be transferred back to utility default service effective immediately. With the recent jump in wholesale electric prices due to the extreme weather this winter, Clean Currents was unable to meet contract-pricing obligations in place with existing customers.

The extreme weather has forced utility default rates higher but there are still savings opportunities available with energy suppliers structured to sustain sudden uptakes in the energy markets.

PGAMA partner Metromedia Energy Inc is available to help members identify solutions through their Power Shop pricing program. Please contact Tom Gussen by phone at (732) 440-0031 or by email at tjgussen@mmenergy.com to discuss your energy supplier options today.


Printing Industries of America Announces 2014 Officers

pia logoPrinting Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2014 Officers and Board of Directors. Through their instrumental involvement in Printing Industries of America and their local organizations, these individuals have displayed a passion for driving the industry forward. The installation ceremony took place on November 17, 2013, at the Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Chicago, Illinois.

Chairman of the Board—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s Board and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee Chairman from 2009–2011, and is a current Finance Committee member. Ekstein is committed to giving back to the industry and helping set the direction for its future. In addition to his involvement in Printing Industries of America, he has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), CPIA Government Affairs Committee Chair, and long-time Director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) as well as their Past Chair. He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement, and dedication to the printing industry and was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010, as voted in PrintAction Magazine. Ekstein’s local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.


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