Quad/Graphics

Quad/Graphics Veterans Assume New Roles for 2005
December 1, 2004

SUSSEX, Wis. -- Quad/Graphics announces the appointment of Thomas A. Quadracci to Chairman and chief executive officer of Quad/Graphics, and J. Joel Quadracci to president and chief Operating Officer of Quad/Graphics, effective January 1, 2005. Currently, Thomas Quadracci serves as president and CEO, and Joel Quadracci serves as senior vice president of sales and administration. Both executives are members of Quad/Graphics' board of directors. "We are making these appointments to further bolster company management and success while preparing for the next generation of Quadracci family leadership," says Richard A. Burke, who has served as Quad/Graphics' Chairman of the Board for the past

Stitching Together
June 27, 2003

If it isn't broken don't fix it. Crain Communications Inc. decided to continue its relationship with Quad/Graphics Inc. signing the Sussex, Wis., printer to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension. Quad/Graphics will print Crain's weekly business publications, Advertising Age, Television Week, Business Insurance, and Automotive News, and a monthly business-to-business publication. "Crain is pleased to extend its partnership with Quad/Graphics," says Bob Adams, group vice president of Crain Communications. "We look forward to the benefits of new technology, reduced cycle times and other value added enhancements that Quad's continuous improvement efforts provide." The contract calls for Quad/Graphics to print 15 million

A Golden Secret
June 13, 2003

The secret is in the workflow. The Gravure Association of America awarded a Golden Cylinder Award in the "Publication — Lightweight Coated Under 40#" category to Quad/Graphics Inc. for its gravure work on Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasies 2002 catalog. The judges said the fully digital workflow system Quad/Graphics used to produce the piece help set it apart from its competitors in the category. "This catalog should become the poster child for 100 percent digital workflow," the editors of Gravure magazine said. "Not only was the execution flawless with good, clean fine type, color uniformity across multiple presses, and great detail, but the customer also

Standards Rising
January 1, 2003

Many print organizations are slowing cycle times because they have failed to embrace accredited standards for exchanging content, such TIFF/IT-P1 and PDF/X-1a. Getting in the standards game earlier rather than later will give publishers an edge as they head into the new year and beyond, says Linda Manes Goodwin, executive director of Manes Goodwin Associates, in San Francisco. "The economy is definitely a factor," Manes Goodwin says. "Publishers have to realize that printing isn't [the] burgeoning industry it once was, and to be successful and profitable, they'll have to look at new opportunities like cross-media publishing, which will enable them to leverage content in

Redefining Supply Chain Management
November 29, 2002

Faster than a speeding e-mail. More powerful than EDI. Able to link printers, publishers and paper mills in a single bound. It's papiNet! And, it's likely to make a super difference in the way businesses are run. PapiNet is a global initiative to develop and implement a set of standard electronic transaction formats that can be used by all parties engaged in the buying, selling and distribution of paper and forest products. It's goal, says David Steinhardt, regional director for papiNet North America and chief executive officer of IDEAlliance, is "to improve the speed, transparency and efficiency of transactions and administration throughout the entire

"The Admiral" Sets Sail to Make Final Voyage
October 1, 2002

Still reeling from the collapse and subsequent fire of a 10-story storage building at its Lomira, WI facility in early July that killed a cleaning subcontractor, Quad/Graphics suffered an even more devastating blow on July 29 with the accidental drowning of its visionary founder and president. Harry V. "Larry" Quadracci, 66, was laid to rest August 2 following a funeral mass and visitation at The Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, which was attended by about 2,000 people, including family, friends, customers, Quad employees, industry suppliers and fellow printers. The funeral brought an end to an almost fairy tale-like success story of Quadracci, who

Quad/Graphics Founder Drowns in Lake
August 1, 2002

CHENEQUA, WI—Harry V. Quadracci, 66, who grew Pewaukee, WI-based Quad/Graphics from a startup company, funded by taking out a second mortgage on his home, into the largest privately-held commercial printer in the United States, died July 29. Mr. Quadracci's body was found at approximately 3 p.m. that day in about four and a half feet of water in Pine Lake near his home here, according to Chenequa Police. His family contacted Chenequa police around 12:30 p.m. and reported Mr. Quadracci missing. The cause of death is under investigation, according to Robert Douglas, chief of police. The Waukesha County Medical Examiners office will conduct an autopsy. It was

Quadracci, 66, Found Dead in Lake
July 1, 2002

CHENEQUA, WI—Harry V. Quadracci, 66, who grew Pewaukee, WI-based Quad/Graphics from a startup company, funded by taking out a second mortgage on his home, into the largest privately-held commercial printer in the United States, died July 29. Mr. Quadracci's body was found approximately 3 p.m. that day in about four and a half feet of water in Pine Lake near his home here, according to Chenequa Police. His family contacted Chenequa police around 12:30 p.m. and reported Mr. Quadracci missing. The cause of death is under investigation, according to Robert Douglas, chief of police. The Waukesha County Medical Examiners office will conduct an autopsy. It was the

CMP Media Gets RIPed with Rampage Systems
June 1, 2002

Last year was a tough one for magazine publishers, as ad pages declined 17.2 percent from the prior year. And when top line revenues drop, production managers are expected to shore-up the bottom line. With what now seems like uncanny foresight, CMP Media (www.cmp.com) was already moving into high gear on a plan to reduce costs by bringing final page output in house. According to Prepress Director Elizabeth Wimmer, they had been thinking about RIPing pages in-house for several years. CMP Media, a subsidiary of UK-based United Business Media, publishes 39 periodicals out of three production centers, operates numerous Web sites and

Digital Ads--The Time Is Now
March 1, 2002

Publishers don't have to be Time Inc. to to make the move towards digital ad exchange. With the wealth of information and tools readily available, film should well be eliminated. All that's needed is education, cooperation and communication. Turning exception into the rule Alan Darling, COO/CTO, Quality House of Graphics and DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publication) chairman, admits that he's distressed over the volume of film that still exists in many advertiser/publisher relationships. The prepress suppliers are plagued with it, too. It's not unusual that as much as 50 percent of the work currently contracted out to prepress suppliers are film jobs.