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Print is Essential

The value of print demonstrated during the pandemic.


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Printer and Designers Resilient Thru Pandemic

During the COVID, Northern California printers demonstrated the essential and critical value of print to our economy and daily existence. Check out our COVID-19 Resource page.

Here’s How Our Members Pivoted

All Valley Printing
All Valley Printing helped source Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). They have partner plants in Taiwan and China and were deeply discounting pricing to get this vital equipment into the hands that needed it.

Andresen Digital Imaging pivoted its operations to produce face shields for local Bay Area hospitals.

Calitho produced and donated face shields to the brave men and women on the front lines in the Contra Costa Fire, EMT, and Police departments. Over 2K delivered by mid-April.

Case Paper Co.
Case Paper partnered with Superior Packaging and Finishing to produce fully recyclable, single-use paperboard masks. These can help ordinary people protect themselves, while preserving stocks of more advanced masks for healthcare workers on the frontline!

Case Paper Co. also supplies paper to Pulver Packaging & Converting used to produce 150,000 face shields to donate to healthcare professionals on the front lines.

Dome Printing
Dome produced over 20,000 face shields and many have been donated to local Health Care Facilities for first line protection.

Dumont Printing
Dumont produced PPE face shields after repurposing some equipment and selling social distancing decals and graphics.

Moquin Press
The team at Moquin Press printed thousands of “Stay Home” door hangers on the Bobst Expert Cut!

Minuteman Press Vallejo
Minuteman Press launched the Bounce Back USA initiative as a way to give back and support other local businesses. This free service provides local businesses with free COVID-19 safety posters.

Noise13 and In/Visible Ventures
Dava Guthmiller, founder of Noise13 and co-founder of In/Visible Talks offered free “office hours” on Thursdays in April to offer advice, feedback, or do a gut check on what’s happening with branding during this time of extreme change.

Mohawk Paper worked with a previous partner, Xanita Board, utilizing their corrugated cardboard material to help create the pop-up field hospital rooms.

Odell Printing
Odell Printing is printed COVID-19 test kits.

Pacific Color Graphics
PCG offered brand customized protective gear for distribution.

Spectrum Lithograph
Fremont-based Spectrum Lithograph pivoted to get coronavirus tests packaged and out the door so people can get checked. The company shelved all other projects to focus on the testing kits by a Bay Area health care company Carbon Health, even while offering to let employees shelter at home.

Time Printing Solutions + Heidelberg
Time Printing Solutions produced sanitation signage during coronavirus pandemic

Unicorn Print and Mail
Unicorn prints and mailed notices essential to the community. For example, materials notifying the community about the virus, sanitation, and the census, all of which are being impacted by the virus.

Xerox and Vortran Medical Partnered to mass produce disposable ventilators for hospitals and emergency response units fighting the battle against COVID-19.

Do you have a story you’d like us to showcase here? Please email your stories to shannon@visualmediaalliance.org or post on social media with #printisessential.

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