9 October 2015
MISSISSAUGA—Timothy Upton has passed away. He’s remembered below by friend and colleague Nick Howard of Howard Graphic Equipment.


Timothy Otway Upton,
Age 83.
8 October 2015
BARRIE, ON—KKP, a Barrie-based provider of printing, digital production and more, has installed a Ricoh Pro C7100x, complimented with Color-Logic’s software.


8 October 2015
POINT EDWARD, ON—AG Event Graphics & Signs, a large format print company with headquarters in Point Edward, ON, has installed an Agfa Graphics Jeti Titan with flat to roll capabilities. The Jeti was chosen because of the availability to parts and immediate access to service technicians based in Canada, as well as Canadian dollar pricing.

From left to right: Ruben Silva, managing director, Agfa Inc.; Guy Langevin, president, AG Event Graphics & Signs; James Burghgraef, account manager, Agfa Graphics.
7 October 2015
TORONTO—Grimco Canada has agreed to acquire the Toronto-based Acme Neon & Plastic Sign Supplies Ltd. Acme also has locations in Montreal and Vancouver.

“The Canadian market is an incredibly important part of our growth strategy,” said John Burkemper, president of Grimco. “That’s why we have been heavily investing in local markets and are bringing together these great teams to continue to serve our customers with the best people and products in the industry.” 

“Grimco was the logical fit for us,” Bob Craig, president of Acme, said. "Their commitment to Canada has been clear since their entry into the market and has proven that they are here to stay and to grow. I expect that their expansive portfolio of products will be a welcome addition to Acme customers.”
7 October 2015
TORONTO—Mi5 Print & Digital is moving from its current location at 800 Cochrane Dr, in Markham ON, to a larger space in the west end of Toronto. According to an employee at the company, the move to 1551 Caterpillar Rd., should be completed by the end of the year.

Mi5 Print & Digital was one of three companies to make Canadian Business magazine’s Profit 500 list this year, coming in at #417.
7 October 2015
Three printing companies have landed themselves on Canadian Business magazine’s Profit 500 list, a complete ranking of Canada’s fastest growing companies.
7 October 2015
MISSISSAUGA—Sydney Stone is introducing a line of the German-made MOHR hydraulically operated paper cutters to the Canadian marketplace. Sydney will carry the MOHR 56, MOHR 66 and the MOHR 80 cutter with all units available in the ECO and NET models. The company will also carry the MOHR-330 three-side trimmer and the DigiCut laser cutter.

MOHR 80 NET paper cutter
30 September 2015
ONTARIO—The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has awarded $56,000 in scholarships to students studying in the current school year. This is an increase from last year’s $52,500. In May 2015, during the CPISTF Trustee meeting the decision was made to increase the scholarship from $1,250 per year to $1,500 per year to offset the increasing cost of tuition.

The CPISTF awarded $38,000 to 23 new students enrolled in an approved graphic arts management or technical program. An additional $18,000 was awarded to 12 students continuing on in their studies.
29 September 2015
La Presse, Canada’s French-language news medium, has been making headlines over the past few weeks with various announcements. The company recently stated that it would complete its digital transformation on January 1, 2016, by replacing the weekday print edition of the newspaper with La Presse+. The latest news, which should come as no surprise, is that due to the termination of the weekday print edition, the company will layoff some of its employees.
29 September 2015
TORONTO—Grovetree Press, a high volume trade lamination company in the GTA is under new leadership. The company’s general manager, Mike Heggie, has become the owner of the operation.

Heggie plans to shore up current services and make internal changes to become more efficient and service oriented.
Growth will come through innovative finishing products that are totally new to the industry.  The focus will be in two directions – specialty products for offset printing and packaging, and specialty coatings for digital printing.  

Grovetree has been serving the GTA since 1998. The company has eight lamination systems, two coaters and a variety of auxiliary machines such as eyeleteers, cutters and drills.
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