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With all the doom and gloom in the industry it’s always great to hear good news and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Howard Graphics was a really fabulous occasion. It was held on Friday, April 25th and was titled “People, Passion & Print.” Over 500 guests from the Printing Industry attended and it was one of the most enjoyable celebrations this industry has seen in recent years. The entertainment couldn’t have been better – Canada’s own comedy icon and television personality Rick Mercer. He kept the audience in stitches while the legendary band April Wine rocked the night away with their hits from the last few decades. Thanks to the generosity of guests, donors and sponsors, over $10,500 were raised for the Special Olympics. Congratulations to Howard Graphics and K-North Inc. for a great event.

I’m happy to announce that we are now certified to use the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo and we are doing our part to support the environment and promote responsible forest management practices.

As you go through this issue, make sure to read John Zarwan’s comprehensive lead article, “JDF and Workflow for your company,” on page 18. On page 24 there is an excellent article by Jeanette Clinkunbroomer on making your shop “leaner” and implementing reduced-waste and high-efficiency strategies as found in the Kaizen corporate culture. With profit margins as thin as they are for some shops and everyone looking for ways to be more efficient in their operations, reading this article may prove to be quite useful for many of you. On page 28, don’t miss a report and photos from the Western Grafik Arts Show in Abbottsford, B.C. by Gail Nickel-Kailing.

Speaking of shows, by the time this issue is delivered, a lot of you will be at Drupa – the biggest printing and graphic arts trade show in the world, with 17 halls covering an incredible 765,000 square feet. Watch out for a full report on Drupa in the upcoming July/August issue.

Enjoy the start of the summer and, as always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com