Sina Printing and Mi5 Print and Digital Communications are among the finalists within the Markham Board of Trade 2014 Business Excellence Awards program.
Sina, with its SinaLite operation, is a finalist in the program’s Innovation category and MI5 is a finalist in the High Quality & Service category. Markham’s Board of Trade will present its 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
Nominations, open to any business located in the City of Markham, were evaluated by the Business Excellence Awards Committee, which subsequently named 27 finalists, listed below by category:
High Quality & Service
MI5 Print and Digital Communications; Saporito Foods; Steel Art Signs
Game Hive; Shimco; Sina Printing
BDO Canada LLP; Physiobility Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic; Unionville Home Society
Business Employer of Excellence
ESP Promotions; Mara Technologies Inc.; nvision solutions
Community Relations & Cultural Enrichment
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, Folco’s Ristorante; Markham Museum
The Donald Cousens Conservation & Environmental Leadership Award
CDI Computer Dealers; EnerGreen Technologies; Liberty Development Corporation
Canada Computers & Electronics; Real Matters; Williams HR Law
Global Business Excellence
Cole Engineering Group Ltd.; Enghouse Systems Limited; Hip Street
The YPC Young Professionals Award
George Arabian, President & CEO, nvision solutions; Andy Chan, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP; Robert Martella, President, New Line Incentives
Howard Graphic Equipment Ltd. of Mississauga has donated hundreds of shirts, caps and jackets to the Scott Mission of Toronto, which works to provide shelter and sustenance to the poor and homeless in the region.
The Scott Mission is a non-denominational organization that has been helping the underprivileged since 1941. “We are very proud and happy to have been able to contribute something useful to these marvelous people,” stated Liana Howard.
Howard Graphic explains the clothing items were no longer required as its sister company, K-North Inc., exited the new machinery business last July. Howard Graphic, currently in its 47th year, is focused on the sale and refurbishment of late-model printing machinery.
For the second year in a row Kwik Kopy Printing Vaughan, owned by Howard and Lisa Simson, received the Best in the World Award from the International Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED).
ICED is the franchise head office for hundreds of print franchise operations throughout the world, including KKP Vaughan, located on MacIntosh Blvd. The Best in the World Award is given to the franchise in the ICED system, which, as defined by the organization, has demonstrated exemplary customer service, quality, efficiency and sales excellence.
KKP Vaughan opened its doors in 1980 with a staff of three, based out of a 1,000-square-foot store-front operation. The print shop now has a staff of 10, the majority of which have more than 20 years of service, housed in a 6000-square-foot facility. The operation runs four offset presses and three toner presses, as well as a full bindery, graphics department and most recently wide-format printing.
Both Howard and Lisa Simson have been involved in this family business since its inception, first with their parents, Herb and Florence Simson, and subsequently taking it over as partners, when their parents retired in 2002.
The San Antonio Express News reports a local woman was sentenced last Thursday to 37 months in a U.S. Federal prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from the payroll taxes of a printing company.
Reporter Guillermo Contreras has followed the case since a Federal Grand Jury handed Monica Richardson a 14-count indictment in June 2011, which primarily centred on tax charges and payroll deceit, beginning in 2002. Richardson was a comptroller with the Watermark Group.
In June 2014, PrintAction contributing editor Victoria Gaitskell produced a cover article called Theft & Deceit after speaking with two forensic accounts and one police detective about the best ways to protect your business from employee fraud.
Read Contreras’ full coverage in the San Antonio Express News
Read Gaitskell’s PrintAction article Theft & Deciet
Trade printer Prodigy Graphics has stepped forward with a $12,000 donation to Evangel Hall Mission (EHM), a Toronto-based charity that helps homeless and socially isolated individuals find a safe haven from the streets.
“On behalf of Prodigy Graphics, our customers, suppliers and staff, it is my great honour and privilege to make this donation to Evangel Hall Mission, in support of your many important programs and in recognition of your unyielding dedication to easing the burdens of the homeless,” stated Prodigy Graphics President Gordon McCauley.
Since 1913, EHM has been reaching out to people suffering from homelessness, poverty and social isolation. Open 365 days a year, EHM offers a daily hot meal, a voluntary trusteeship program, a health and dental clinic including access to 12-step and counseling programs, a clothing bank as well as programs for women, men and youth. Their youth programs assist more than 100 at-risk youth with social, recreational and educational activities every week.
“This very generous gift will be put to very good use," stated Jo Ann Hislop, Director of Programs at Evangel Hall Mission. In addition, EHM also provides rent-geared-to-income housing for 110 people previously homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Thirteen suspected members of a money-counterfeiting ring being run out of New Jersey and Israeli printing facilities have been indicted following a series of arrests in May and June.
The country’s Justice Department described the group, which allegedly had been producing fake $100 bills since 1999, as one of the most sophisticated and prolific counterfeiting rings in U.S. history.
The bills, according to a Bloomberg report, were primarily produced in Israel but some were made in a New Jersey printing facility. The Justice Department explains the New Jersey plant was established in January of this year. Two offset presses were seized, along with $2.5 million in currency.
“This case is a perfect example of the Secret Service combining traditional investigative methods with cutting-edge technology to resolve a long-term and complex counterfeiting currency investigation,” stated Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
The 13 alleged counterfeiters were indicted in early August by a Federal grand jury in Virgina on racketeering and related charges.
Kenneth Charters, a former longstanding member of Canada’s printing community, recently passed away in Oakville, Ontario, at age 94.
Charters was born in Toronto on December 22, 1919. He joined the family’s printing and engraving business, M. C. Charters & Company of Toronto, which his father had started in 1922. Charters continued to build the business with his brother Don. For many years, Ken was involved with the Engraved Stationary Manufacturers Association and had served as its past president.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home on Bayview Avenue in Toronto from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15, which is to be followed by a private family interment service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Harold Meighan, who had a long career in printing and remained a major supporter of the industry, passed away in late-July in St. Catharines at age 79.
Meighan had worked in the printing and graphic arts trade for over 50 years, including the operation of his own printing company Advance Graphics.
He remained very active in the printing community until his passing, primarily through a leadership role with the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, based in the restored Queenston, Ontario, home of publisher William Lyon Mackenzie.
The hands-on museum includes a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses. The Printery’s highlight piece is the Louis Roy Press, described as the oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world.
Meighan had been a member of the Printery for over 17 years, including time spent as its Director and most recently as Immediate Past Chairman. Living his entire life in St. Catharines, Meighan was involved in many community organizations and charities, including Big Brothers, Rotary Club and Kiwanis.
Howard Iron Works is now restoring its newly acquired C Potter Jr. newspaper press, first manufactured in 1866 – one year before the formation of Canada. Meanwhile, Howard Graphic Equipment sees a spike in worldwide modern press sales.
Rare vintage presses are a lifelong passion for Nick and Liana Howard, who founded Howard Iron Works (HIW) in December 2013, but they remain intently focused on the sale of refurbished modern printing presses through Howard Graphic Equipment (HGE) Ltd., founded in 1967.
The Howards explain HGE experienced one of its busiest months this June, receiving four U.S.-based orders for offset printing presses, including: A 6-colour Komori S640 plus coater and inter-deck UV drying; 10-colour S1040P plus coater; a pre-owned Komori G540 plus coater; and a 5-colour S540 plus coater. HGE explains the G540 is the world’s first pre-owned “G” series sold on the secondary market.
HGE's recent busy period also includes overseas sales of a Heidelberg CD 102-6+LX2, both a 5-colour and a 6-colour Komori NL28 plus coater, as well as a 5-colour S540 plus coater, two Lithrone 640 presses, and a 6-colour Mitsubishi 640.
HGE has now provided refurbished printing equipment to a customer base spread across 72 countries.
It was a barn in Southern Illinois, however, where Nick and Liana Howard found the newest gem for Howard Iron Works, which restores decades and sometimes centuries-old printing equipment. To help support this passion, HIW provides leasing and sales from within its large collection of rare printing machines, which includes a range of iron presses, cylinders, platens and bindery equipment.
The single revolution C Potter Jr. press had been sitting in an Illinois barn for the past 30 years. This very rare newspaper press, operated by hand, is rusty and missing parts, but Nick Howard expects its fluted columns "to look stunning" once fully restored, a process undertaken by the company’s highly skilled technicians.
It will be a challenging restoration, however, because Howard traditionally aims to restore equipment just as it would have been when leaving the original factories. Despite his immense volumes of books and reference materials, Howard so far can only find a single illustration of the C Potter Jr. press. Potter, he explains, also made the first rotary offset press, which was technology eventually acquired by Harris.
Following the shutdown of BKR Bindery Services Ltd. in Toronto, Infinity Asset Solutions is preparing to auction off a range of finishing equipment on July 16 at the company’s former facility.
The auction includes what Infinity describes as nine feature items, including a 1999 Muller Bravo T eight-pocket saddle-stitching line and a 1992 Muller 321 Fox six-pocket saddle-stitching line.
In addition to three Polar systems (with vintages of 2000, 1998 and 1994), the auction will include a range of Stahl folding accessories, such as VSA86 vertical stackers, two Stahl SBP46 horizontal stackers, Stahl 16 & 32 page right angles, Stahl VFZ52 knife folder, and electronic gatefolds.
Inspection of the equipment is available from 9:00 am to 11.00 am on the morning of the sale. The full range of equipment to be auctioned off can be found at infinityassets.com.
A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service received a 3 ½ year jail sentence for stealing and then trying to sell a bible produced by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century.
Reuters reported on the conviction handed out last week, which involved two other members of the FSB security service, and indicated colonel Sergei Vedishchev was seeking around $1.15 million for the rare printed work.
Reuters reported court spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova as saying the bible was taken from a safe at Moscow University, where Vedishchev was responsible for security. He was actually caught in a sting set up by the FSB.
Zhirnova continued to tell Reuters that the bible is “priceless” and would likely fetch at least $22 million on the open market. Zhirnova also confirmed a report that first appeared in Russia’s Kommersant newspaper that a page of the bible had been damaged during the incident.
Robert Leith, who had a long and successful career in Canada’s printing industry, passed away at age 81 in Toronto on May 28, 2014.
Leith was the founder of The Laird Group, which grew into one of the most highly respected operations in the competitive Toronto printing market. The company was well known for its investment in cutting-edge technology and became one of the first printing operations in Canada to install Indigo presses.
Leith was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and moved to Canada in 1948 with his parents, Andrew and Helen, settling in Toronto. Leith was the husband of Greta for almost 60 years with their marriage in 1954, two years after she also moved from Scotland to Canada. Lieth is survived by two children and four grandchildren.
Malcolm Dowdle, who had a long and successful career in Canada’s printing industry, passed away at age 70 in Guelph in mid-March.
Dowdle began his career as an apprentice at Canadian Linotype. He then gained his expertise in printing technology with Louson-Desonite, which at the time was one of Canada’s most-powerful technology suppliers, followed by Komori Canada, representing the Japanese press manufacturer.
Dowdle then leveraged his technological expertise to run his own company, MJD Graphics Inc., where he served as President for 20 years until retirement. Dowdle is survived by his wife of 44 years, Julie, two daughters and four grandchildren.
Pauline Marois, after the Liberal party yesterday handily won Quebec’s provincial election, announced she would step down as leader of Parti Quebecois (PQ), which may turn its future over to former Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau.
In early March, Péladeau announced his resignation from Quebecor Inc. to become a PQ candidate in the April 7 election with a clear agenda to promote the sovereignty of Quebec. Péladeau took over the reins at Quebecor after the 1997 death of his father, Pierre Péladeau, who also publically pushed for Quebec’s independence.
Political analysts suggest PK Péladeau’s open discussion of gaining sovereignty for Quebec may have hurt Parti Quebecois’ results in yesterday’s election. The PQ captured less than 25 percent of the popular vote, one of its worst showings since the party first appeared on a provincial ballet in 1970, led by Rene Levesque.
With Marois’s departure, The Globe and Mail, among several media outlets, reports 52-year-old Pierre Karl Péladeau is among the frontrunners to take over leadership of the Parti Québécois, along with existing cabinet ministers Bernard Drainville and Jean-Francois Lisee.
Following Quebec's April 7 election, The Globe quotes a leading Quebec federalist, suggesting, “Pierre Karl could be the Lucien Bouchard of the next Quebec referendum.”
In 1995, Bouchard became face of the “Yes” movement amid a national referendum asking if Quebec should separate from the rest of Canada. The referendum was sparked after the Meech Lake Accord, led by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, failed to stop the sovereigntist movement by recognizing Quebec as a distinct society.
Mulroney is currently a member of Quebecor Inc.’s Board of Directors, from which Pierre Karl Péladeau stepped down on March 9 to pursue his political career. Péladeau had served as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Quebecor and Chairman and member of the Boards of Directors of Quebecor Media and TVA Group.
At the time of his Quebecor resignation, Péladeau promised to place his financial interests in the corporation in a blind trust or under a blind management agreement if he was elected to Québec’s National Assembly on April 7. Péladeau subsequently won a seat in the riding of Saint-Jérôme.
An offset printing press used to manufacture counterfeit US$20 banknotes was seized by the RCMP and United States Secret Service on January 31, as part of a long-term investigation authorities have dubbed Project Cranium.
The seizure was made in the Trois-Rivières area of Quebec. According to a statement from the RCMP about the action, authorities had been looking for this offset press for several years. The police also confiscated what they describe as a large quantity of paper that could have been used by counterfeiters to manufacture anywhere from US$40 to US$200 million.
This January 31 operation to seize the press as part of Project Cranium follows in the wake of the May 2012 dismantling of a laboratory, also in Trois-Rivières, that was used to add finishing touches to counterfeit notes. The investigation at that time showed that the criminal organization had the capability to manufacture and to distribute worldwide millions of counterfeit US$20 banknotes.
The May 2012 operation, involving the RCMP, U.S. Secret Service and the Sûreté du Québec, arrested four suspects and raided six locations in the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville areas. The suspects were indicted on a variety of charges, including possession of counterfeit money, making counterfeit money and uttering counterfeit money.
During the May 2012 round up, the police seized $949,000 in counterfeit US$20 bank notes. They also uncovered a laboratory that was primarily used to add finishing touches to the banknotes, such as serial numbers and holographic features.
At the time, the police described these as very high-quality counterfeit notes that were virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Some of the features they had were noted as being uncommon in this criminal industry, including the type of paper used, that was especially made with a Jackson watermark and a dark vertical stripe, imitating the security thread found in authentic notes.
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