GAM CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE: By Joe Mulcahy, Chairman, Graphic Arts Magazine
To begin, I would like to thank the 14 new members of our Graphic Arts Magazine (GAM) Advisory Board for their time, dedication and commitment as we slowly emerge from this pandemic and gradually get back to work. Please check out their short biographies beginning on page 7 of our July-August issue, set to be published next week. Their guidance in so many different areas will be extremely helpful to us and to our readers in the months and years to come. I’d also like to announce that my son, Ryan Patrick Mulcahy, will be assuming the role of Publisher beginning this month, while my other son Daniel will be working closely with him. I’ll be assuming the responsibilities of Chairman as we take our publication into several new and exciting directions, soon to be announced.
As far as news, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is being extended by two months. The program provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of COVID-19. That has now been extended to six months, covering July and August. Our cover story for July/August is also quite timely, as Dan Sparrow explores Lean Manufacturing in a post-COVID-19 environment.
Two other important developments this month involved a major plant opening and closing. Printful plans to open a $2.8 million production facility in Mississauga, Ontario by the end of this year. The company is one of the largest custom, on-demand printing and warehousing firms in the world. This will be its first facility in Canada and it’s also looking to hire an operations manager to launch and lead the new initiative. Sadly, trade-printing leader 4over has permanently closed its Canadian production facility in Mississauga, affecting about 50 employees. Temporary layoffs began in March due to COVID-19. Its Canadian clients will now be served from plants in New Jersey and Ohio.
We’ll continue to keep you up to date with the news that affects you – including printing industry, governmental and COVID-19 developments. As always, stay positive, stay focused – and above all, stay safe.