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May 18, 2011 12:00 AM
Braintree Printing hosted approximately 300 printing and graphic communications professionals at its March 31st open house. Owner Jim Corliss was pleased with the successful turnout at the company's Braintree, MA, printing plant and said it's proof that the printing industry continues to thrive.
Corliss says printing pros at the gathering hailed from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. They included printers, paper merchants, equipment dealers, printing employees and graphic communication professionals.
While the economic downturn has hit the U.S. printing industry hard, many businesses such as Braintree Printing have survived by incorporating digital and online technologies and diversifying services. Corliss notes that collaboration within the industry ‒ sharing ideas and partnering on projects ‒ is key.
Braintree Printing’s bindery crew demonstrated the company's newest acquisitions: a UV roller coater made by Fergesen Systems and a digital envelope printer from RENA.
Blue Hills Regional Technical School students were on hand, promoting Braintree Printing's apprenticeship training program.
Colleagues from numerous business, including Sappi Paper, Komori and DeBourke Co., donated raffle prizes. A $250 gift certificate to Boston's Capital Grille given by Xerox was won by Edward Figueroa of Kreate and Print, Norwood, MA. Two Red Sox tickets donated by Lindenmeyer Paper were awarded to Dave Spaulding of DAS Print Group, Manchester, NH.
Former Braintree Printing employee Martha Marsden of Marsden Creative photographed and videotaped the night's festivities.