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					Where We Live on the Etch!                                                    Volume 23 • Issue 150 • 4th Quarter 2010
A p u b l i c a t i o n f o r t h e c u s t o m e r s a n d f r i e n d s o f O w o s s o G r a p h i c A r t s, I n c .

        BRASS Dies
        Hand Sculpted and CNC Milled

       Engraving in brass                                                                great impact on how
       gives you the ability                                                             the foil, embossing or
       to create multi-level,                                                            combination foil/em-
       or sculptured realistic                                                           bossing will look.
       images that are lim-                                                              Paper weight, thick-
       ited only by the imagi-                                                           ness, color and finish
       nation. Brass dies                                                                all affect the outcome
       are also used when                                                                of the finished product.
       mixtures of depths                                                                With CNC technology
       and edges, or crisp                                                               we’ve blended ‘high
       bevels are needed.                                                                tech’ with ‘old school’
       The process begins                                                                enabling us to produce
       in the design stage.                                                              quality brass dies at
       Terms like raised                                                                 a competitive price
       round, raised roof                                                                and quicker delivery.
       and deboss flat are                                                               We are your ‘one stop
       used to describe the desired look you want to        shop’ for brass, copper and magnesium dies — call
       achieve. The choice of stock will also have a        us today to discuss your needs!

                            Owosso Graphic Arts • 800-444-5552 •
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                                             HelpLinks                                                                              Got It? FLAUNT IT!
                                                                                                                                    If you would like to be featured in an upcoming issue of The OWOSSO Journal, send us one of your
                                          The FSEA successfully launched an online resource to its membership called                jobs that used an OWOSSO die with some production notes. Heck, we might even buy a trophy
                                          HelpLinks. Over the past four years, this resource has provided a means                   for the best customer piece submitted!
                                          through which members have been able to ask questions of the FSEA online
                  community. Members looking for production tips for challenging projects or for feedback on machinery              Thanks to Jim Littlewolf of Bostic, NC
                or supplies have found helpful advice from industry peers. HelpLinks has remained a great place to post             for submitting samples of what he uses
              industry-related questions and conduct OGA industry research. The following Q&A on foil stamping/em-                  OWOSSO dies for.
             bossing over film laminates was extracted from a recent HelpLinks exchange:
                                                                                                                                    Jim sent in a pen and ink drawing
                                                                                                                                    for OWOSSO to make dies, using the
                                          Foil Stamping/Embossing over Film Laminates                                               postcard pictured. He then crafted a

                   We received a job from a client that had already been laminated. We then foil stamped a book title               sterling silver charm and leather re-
                   and register embossed the image in a second pass. The foil adhered well, the emboss looked good,
                   and we shipped the finished project to our client. A week later, we received a call telling us that the
                                                                                                                                    frigerator magnet using the dies. Jim                                                              INDUSTRY
                                                                                                                                    said, “What I like to try and accom-
                   foil could be scraped off - it didn’t fall off, but a good scrape could get it off. We would love to try to      plish is, always using your services,                                                              EVENTS
                   reset it at this point. We’ve already tried to over laminate. What else can we try?                              provide ‘our’ customer with a sterling
                                                                                                                                    silver piece or one in leather. It doesn’t                                                         PPAI EXPO

                   The following are a few of the tips provided by FSEA members via HelpLinks:                                      have to be a charm or refrigerator magnet, I make all kinds of items in both

     1                                      2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       January 10-14, 2011

    We have encountered the same            Foil rub is an issue and the customer
                                                                                        You might try using heat during the
                                                                                                                                    silver and leather.”

                                                                                                                                    If you’d like to talk with Jim about a project you might have that could utilize his
                                                                                                                                    service, give him a call at 828-248-2188.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mandalay Bay Convention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Las Vegas, NV
    problem on regular paper stock.         needs to know that this can happen.         embossing process to help form the
    The foil adhesion is great after        We have had good luck with MX from          laminate to the emboss and set the                A Different Breed                                                                            IADD•FSEA Odyssey
    the flat foil stamping, but after       Infinity and PP from NAKAI. However,        foil again.                                        Unleash the designer in you with a copy of A Differ-
2   subsequently embossing, the foil        if the foil is put onto books that are                                                         ent Breed —The designer’s guide to foil stamping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       May 4-6, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nashville Convention Center
    will rub off. The stretching of the     then put into cartons and allowed to        We sell many presentation folders of all           & embossing. Send us a sample of your work that
                                            jostle around on trucks, there will be      shapes and sizes. When a customer                                                                                                              Nashville, TN, USA
    underlying substrate destabi-                                                                                                          used an OWOSSO die(s) along with some produc-
                                            some rub. Sometimes the lamination          wants a job laminated and also foiled,                                                                                                         OWOSSO’s Booth - #516
    lizes the foil. We have found that                                                                                                     tion notes, and we’ll send you a free booklet!                                                                      OGA
     the only way around this is to         is the thing that will not allow the foil   embossed, etc., we always put the foil
     use combination dies. When the         to get a good adhesion. The custom-         down first and then laminate over it
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sponsored by the International
     foil and embossing is done at          er probably will not want to ship the       so the foil is under the laminate. It is
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Association of Diecutting and Diemaking
      the same time, the foil is ap-        job to you for foil, then to a lamina-      the only way I have found to make it
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (IADD) and the Foil & Specialty Effects
      plied to an already stretched         tor for laminating, and then back to        fool-proof.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Association (FSEA), the Odyssey is the
       substrate. Having said that, I       you for embossing - the job earns
                                                                                        If you are an FSEA member and are                                                                                 converting industry’s premier event tar-
       know it is not always practi-        ‘frequent flyer miles’ this way - but
                                                                                        not currently signed up for the Help-                                                                             geted specifically to diemaking/diecutting,
         cal to use combination dies        it’s the only way to ensure ‘no-rub.’ To
                                                                                        Links program, contact the FSEA                                                                                   foil stamping/embossing and specialty
          because of design or budget       save the job, maybe you can UV coat
                                                                                        headquarters at 785.271.5816. If you’d                                                                            effects processes. This includes the
           considerations, but when         the project or varnish etch with a
                                                                                        like to learn more about joining the Foil                                                                         folding carton, print finishing and bind-
            practical, it does seem to      gloss varnish.
                                                                                        & Specialty Effects Association and         ing, and corrugated industries. According to Odyssey Planning Co-Chair Eric Anderson, “You can’t win if you
             alleviate the problem.
                                                                                        its programs, visit           don’t get in the game. New strategies and clever plays are the result of clear vision — which attendees
                                                                                                                                    can get through any of the eight increasingly popular TechshopTM sessions (a unique set of workshops
                          Connect                                                                                                   where technical challenges are tackled on-press in a production-like environment), in one of 12 different
                                                                                                                                    classroom sessions, or in the Exhibition Hall.” Attendees will have numerous opportunities over the
                          with OWOSSO!                                                                                              three-day venue to explore practical solutions to everyday challenges and gather valuable information
                                                                                              Owosso                                on industry trends. OGA
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                                                                  s at OWOSS                Keep us on FACE       Arts              For the most recent information on the 2011 IADD FSEA Odyssey, including exhibitor information
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Wants & Sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The next issue of The Owosso Journal will
                        Letterpress History                                            Associate Milestone                               Fitness Challenge                                                      be published 1st biannual 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             To run your classified, simply submit
                      One Person’s Perspective                                         Anniversaries                                                                                                             your copy by February 15, 2011.
                  by Tim Albert, Koa Press
                                                                                       We celebrated milestone anniversaries in                                                                              Mail OGA: 151 N Delaney Rd, Owosso, MI 48867
                 I became involved in the letterpress operations in the early                                                                                                                                                   Fax: 989.723.5399
                                                                                       September — these Associates repre-
                70’s. At that time, letterpress was still going strong as a                                                                                                                                             Email:
                                                                                       sent part of the 415 years of combined
              ‘letterpress’ printing type of application. I used a jargon or
                                                                                       experience we bring to the industry!
             speech that is almost non-existent today. I used terms like:                                                                                                                   FOR SALE                                                           OGA
           linotype, hot type, intertype, handset type, Ludlow, Elrod, lead
                                                                                       5 years                                                                                                 Classic Kensol 36T Hot Foil Stamper, 3 ton air-operated Roll Leaf
          pigs, remelting, dross, lockup, furniture, chase, leads and slugs,
                                                                                       Max Ellenberg                                     Pictured: Darrel, Tina, Randy, Jackie, Janeen,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Stamping Press. 6” x 8” head size; 9” self-centering die pallet
         Rouse job stick, dingbats, steel dies, wood mounted cuts, California
                                                                                       Justin Pardee                                     Lori, Ed, Jake & Sean                                 Contact Linda Marsh, 805-687-0344,
        job case, and many more terms. I even had a supply of different colors
                                                                                       Jackie Pospisil                                   Not Pictured: Tony, Kathy W., Dottie & Jerry
       of ink custom made for letterpress work.                                                                      Darrel                                                                 FOR SALE

       Around 10 years or so later this would all change. It seems at one              10 years                                           Once again our Associates partici-                  The AIR-2000 is AAmstamp’s most popular machine and is ideal for
      point manufacturers of letterpress equipment stopped making any                  Stacy Davis                            Dave       pated in a Fitness Challenge. Picking                printing on everything from paper, stationary, pencils, napkins, greeting
      machines. As technology advanced in the graphic industry, the                    Andy Huff                                         up where we left off last year in Los                cards, portfolios, leather goods, wood products, Mylar balloons, plastic
     letterpress printing was phasing out. Fortunately, a new type of                                                                    Angeles, CA, we walked east on I40 to                and more.
     operation was found that worked perfectly for the letterpresses. Foiling          15 years               Andy                       Memphis, TN, then headed South on I55
    and embossing were becoming more mainstream. All of a sudden I was                 Darrel Frederick OGA                              to New Orleans, LA, then East on I-10 to             • AAmstamp’s AIR-2000 automates your printing with a half ton
    using completely new terms. I used words such as magnesium, copper,                Dave Luft                                         Jacksonville, FL and finally north on I-95            (1,000 lbs.) of printing pressure.
    brass, single level, flat stamp, multi-level, combination dies, bevel,                                                               to Washington DC to rest for the winter.             • Larger print area is capable of printing a full 4” x 5” area, even on hard
    shoulders, sculptured, counter dies, etch depth, and many other terms.                                                               Together we walked a total of 2105.45                 to print materials.
4   The same equipment that was in the corner collecting dust had been
                                                                                                                Justin                   miles! Each participant received a                   • Full 5” print width: every line can be up to 5”.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • 7 1/2” throat depth: will print to the center
                                                                                                                                Jackie   t-shirt and a healthy lunch! OGA
    dusted off and given a new life. Manufacturers of letterpress equipment                                                                                                                    of a 15” book.
    were producing machines for a totally new market. Today, foiling and                                                                                                                      • Digital Heat Controller for +/- 1 degree
    embossing are a very important value added part of the graphics industry.                                                                                                                   controls 550w heater.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Superior foil feed: adjusts from 0 - 7.0”
    In the past several years, the language has once again changed. I now use           Community Involvement                                                                                   feed per stroke.
     words like 2D, 3D, holographic, diffraction, unifraction, foil overprint, pearl    We are proud of our Associates commitment to supporting our community!                                • Fast and convenient foil loading.
     foil, pastel foil, Pixel-Grafx, foil over foil, and even scratch off foil.                                                                                                               • Easy disposal of used foil through rear of
                                                                                                                                                                                                the machine.
      I am anxious to see what the future holds for the old letterpress                                       United Way                                                                      • Up to 3,600+ imprint cycles per hour.
       equipment as it re-invents itself once again.                                                         Owosso Graphic Arts was asked by our local United Way to
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Foot switch operated.
                                                                                                             be a Pacesetter company for their annual campaign. Our
         If you would like to submit a guest article send an e-mail to                                       Associates helped set the pace by pledging $3,939.20 to                          This machine is slightly used. A new machine and accessories sell
                                                                        the United Way — OWOSSO matched these pledges for a                              for $4,810.00. You can check that out on aamstamp’s website.
                                                                                        total donation of $7,878.40!
                                                                                                                                                                                              This comes with Foot Switch, Self Centering Type Holder 5”, 2.5” X
                                                                                                                                                                                              5” Open Chase Holder, Aamstamp Gauge Bar, 10 X 12 Ribbon And
                                                                                        American Red Cross                                                                                    Stationary Plate, Ribbon Spindle, Cushion Board: Soft, Medium
                                                                                        We recently held a Sausage & Biscuit Breakfast and raised $104                                        and Hard, Holding Pad Set, 7” Napkin Guide, 18pt Goudy Cur-
                                                                                        for our local chapter of the American Red Cross’ Backpack Proj-                                       sive, Type Box, and Tweezers.
                                                                                        ect. It only takes $90 to sponsor one elementary student to
                                                                                        receive a backpack with a weekends worth of food for an entire school year!                           As an added bonus, it also comes with a 4 x 5” open chase
                                                                                                                                                                                              holder, a 1” foil de-reeler and a 5” centering type holder.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Valued at another $655.00.
                                                                                                                                                                                              $2,500.00 for all. Please call Maria at
                                  “This story about Jack and the’s really
                                                                                                                                                                                              1-800-945-7788 with questions.
                                         about you and your boss, isn’t it?”
                           Owosso Graphic Arts • 800-444-5552 •                                                                                          Owosso Graphic Arts • 800-444-5552 •
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           2010 Year-End Holiday Shipping Schedule
          UPS & FedEx
                                                                                                                                      is published biannually
                                                                                                                for the fun of it. We hope you enjoy perus-
                                                                                                                ing its pages as much as we enjoy put-
                                                                                                                ting it together. We only ask that you think
            UPS                                          FedEx Express                                          of us next time you need brass, copper &                                                             Thanksgiving
                                                                                                                magnesium dies!—Thanks! 4th Quarter 2010
    Wednesday, November 24th                                                                                                                                                               Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26th

                                                                                                                Design: Carrie Farr
                * Normal pickup & delivery                     Normal pickup & delivery                         Lots of help from: Kathy Wilson &                                                                                             Christmas Eve
                                                                                                                                   Kathleen Mahoney                                                                                       Friday, December 24th
    Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25th                                                                       What is an OWOSSO? Well, besides being a                                                                                      New Years Eve
                                                                                                                neat little town in Mid-Michigan, it’s home                                                                                                                 OGA
                * Closed                                       Closed                                OGA        to America’s Largest Brass, Copper and                                                                                     Friday, December 31st
                                                                                                                Magnesium Photoengraver. We’ve specialized
                                                                                  Please read the following     for over 60 years in producing the highest                          We will be spending some time with our families during these days.
    Friday, November 26th                                                         UPS notes:                    quality dies for the printing industry. We offer:                   Our answering system is always on to take your messages, and we will
                                                                                                                • Free technical support
                                                                                                                                                                                    return your phone call the next business day.
                * Delivery of Air & International Only         Open               Time-in-transit: On UPS
                                                                                                                • Free estimates
                * No UPS Ground pickups or deliveries                             holidays — Nov. 25, Dec.
                                                                                  25 and Jan. 1 — there                            Contact Us:                                      Owosso...
                * Pickup for air & international
                  only if prearranged                                             is no movement of any                           800-444-5552                                      A Great Place to Visit...and Call Home!
                                                                                  packages tendered to          Plant Manager: Craig Ellenberg                                      Like other small communities,                 our hometown is unique. We thought
                                                                                  UPS. Also, Nov. 26, Dec.      Tech Support Manager: Joe Holden                                    we’d share some of our area’s                 special events with you, just in case
    Friday, December 24th, Christmas Eve                                                                        Imaging Tech Support: Kathleen Mahoney, Andy
                                                                                  24, and Dec. 31 are                                                                               you happen to be passing by.                  If you are in our neck of the woods,
                                                                                                                                            Huff, Janeen Moskal &
                                                                                  considered for the                                                                                we hope a stop at Owosso                      Graphic Arts is first on your list!
6               * Normal delivery
                * No UPS Ground pickup service
                                                                                  purpose of the UPS Ser-       President: Kathy Wilson
                                                                                                                                            Cary Britten
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Shiawassee County                 Fourth of July Family Day Celebration
                                                                                  vice Guarantee as transit     Customer Service Specialists: Tina Davis, Lori Mills,                            Convention and Visitors               McCurdy Park, Corunna. All day long activities,
                * Pickup for air & international                                                                                                    Brandie Albring &
                                                                                  days for ‘UPS air and in-                                                                                      Bureau at 989-723-1199                entertainment, food & fireworks.
                  only if prearranged                                                                                                               Jackie Pospisil                    
                                                                                  ternational packages’ only.
                                                                                                                Customer Service Billing: Stacy Davis                                            would be happy to answer              Shiawassee County Fair
                                                                                                                Office Manager: Dottie Roy
    Saturday, December 25 , Christmas
                                                                                  Peak-season service           Nat’l Account Director: Doug Pendergast, 989-277-8369
                                                                                                                                                                                                 any questions about the               2900 E Hibbard Rd, Corunna. Held in August.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 following events, or transpor-
                                                                                  guarantees: Commit-           Nat’l Acct Dir. Email:                tation & accommodations. Please give               Fall Fly-In
                 Closed                                        Closed             ment times for air and                                                                            them a call!                                       Owosso Airport, Held in September.
                                                                                                                Business Fax: 989-723-5399
                                                                                  international shipments       Business Email:                          Farmer’s Market OGA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Enjoy a nice breakfast in an airport
    Friday, December 31st, New Year’s Eve                                         delivered within the U.S.     On-Line Ordering available at                 Every Saturday, May-October,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       hanger while watching planes fly-in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from all over Michigan, including
                                                                                  will be extended by 90                     How are we doing?                                      Downtown Owosso.                                   classic War Birds.
                * Delivery of Air & International Only         Open               minutes on the follow-          Send us an Email, fax or letter and let us                        Owosso Amphitheater Summer Concerts
                * No UPS Ground pickups or deliveries                             ing days: Nov. 26, Dec.            know what you would like to see in                                                                                North Pole Express
                                                                                                                                                                                    300 Block of Water Street.                         Thanksgiving weekend through mid
                * Pickup for air & international                                  18-24, and Dec. 31. UPS                  The OWOSSO Journal.                                      Every Thursday, June-August. All con-              December. Passengers will board
                  only if prearranged                                             air and international                   Your thoughts about OWOSSO                                certs begin at 7:30pm. Lawn seating
                                                                                                                       are important to us—Tell us! Thanks!                                                                            at the Steam Railroading Institute’s
                                                                                  shipments picked up or                                                                            (bring a blanket or chair).                        Visitor Center in Owosso. Train excursions
    Saturday, January 1st, 2011, New Year’s Day          OGA                      delivered in the U.S. are                                                                         Owosso Curwood Festival                            to Santa’s Village on the “North Pole
                                                                                  guaranteed throughout                                                                             Annual event on the 1st full weekend in            Express” (diesel)-lots of bell ringing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and whistle blowing.
                * Closed                                       Closed             the holiday season. The                                                                           June. Parade, Raft Races and Arts &
                                                                                  guarantee is suspended                                                                            Craft Show. This festival bears the
                                                                                                                                                                                    name of James Oliver Curwood
                                                                                  for UPS Ground and                                                                                (1878-1927). Famed conservationist
                                                                                  UPS Standard packages                                                                             and author of 33 novels.
                                                                                  picked up or scheduled
                                                                                  for delivery between Dec.
                     Please see page 7 for OWOSSO’s Holiday Schedule!     AGO     13 and Dec. 25. OGA
                                                                                                                This issue’s cover was foil stamped with an OWOSSO magnesium die.
                                                                                                                           Foil provided by Nakai International #10 Gold.

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