May 2018
The Paper Tariff issue...and action you can take
We've yet to talk with a WebPress customer in the USA who isn't feeling the pinch due to the import tariff imposed on Canadian newsprint.
If you haven't looked into the STOPP Coalition, you might want to consider doing so. A brief description:
STOPP...We are printers, publishers, paper suppliers and distributors that represent mostly small businesses in local communities that employ more than 600,000 workers in the United States. We have joined together to fight proposed government tariffs on newsprint that have been initiated by petitions filed by a single newsprint mill, NORPAC, an outlier in the industry that is owned by a New York hedge fund, with no additional pulp or paper operations in the United States or globally. The proposed tariffs will force our member companies to cut jobs not only at newspapers, commercial printing, and book publishing operations, but throughout the supply chain, such as paper manufacturers, ink suppliers, fuel producers, and equipment manufacturers. Our country's trade laws should not be manipulated by one company in a way that will have a detrimental impact on American jobs throughout our economy.
STOPP has created a website to keep everyone informed as to what is happening on various levels as well as providing a direct access for individuals and companies to contact their congressional representatives. We have expressed our views through this portal, and we encourage all of you to do so as well.
Please take the time to contact Congress through the STOPP portal:
We don't generally direct you straight to links through our newsletter, but in this case, we feel it is important to link you straight to the source.  We will have a secondary link stored in the user group
The Paper Tariff WebPress would like to help
We have created a "NEWSPRINT" Category in our User Group.
Please use this category to communicate with each other regarding newsprint issues.
Possible topics:
  • Where you are finding the best deal
  • Excess paper you might want to sell to another customer (maybe a size, thickness, or finish you no longer print on)
  • Needs for your plant that maybe someone else can help provide.
  • What your suppliers are telling you

You will need to sign in to participate in this category.  If there are others at your plant who might want to access this category, and will need to join the user group, or if you have forgotten your user name or password, please contact Gail via email or phone.

  How about some GOOD news? just released the first of three infographics that highlight the most impactful results from U.S. consumer surveys conducted between 2015 and 2018 by Toluna, a global polling firm, and Two Sides North America.
Included on the graphic:
  • 91% of U.S. consumers surveyed, agreed that, when responsibly produced, used and recycled, print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate - including 86% of the 18 to 24 year-old age group!
  • 78% of Americans keep hard copies of important documents filed at home as they believe this is the safest and most secure way of storing information.
  • 56% trust the news stories they read in printed newspapers...but only 35% trust the news stories they read in social media.

Two Sides had made the infographic available in a variety of forms for inclusion in publications, or for printing as posters.  We have included a link in the Worth Reading section of our user group.


 Do you run press tests?
From an article on the Editor and Publisher website:

There are tried and true tests that we can conduct without calling in vendors. Anyone who's been in the printing business has most likely either heard of or done these tests sometime in their career. They provide a fairly simple and defining measure of how we're printing at a given point in time.

Press testing isn't rocket science. There are only a couple of in-house tests that I know of that can provide quick feedback and let you know how your equipment is performing with very little effort.

To read more about this type of testing, please access the article through our user group " Worth Reading" page.

Our Apologies...

Our computer servers decided that April Fool's Day was an appropriate to block access to our User Group.  Unfortunately, that coincided with our newsletter distribution.  We didn't realize there was a problem until after the weekend.


To those who tried to view the information regarding the paper tariffs or to download updated parts manuals... please try again!


Memorial Day Observance
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Did you know that the US flag is supposed to be set at half-staff until noon,  at which time it should be moved to the top?   And since 2000, when the U.S. Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.

Reminder:  WebPress will be closed in observance of this National Holiday on Monday, May 28th. 

 National Windmill Day: 2nd Saturday in May
If you've never heard of National Windmill Day, that's probably because you are not in the Netherlands!
Known as Molendag (Mill Day), it falls on the 2nd Saturday in May each year, with the festivities generally spanning over the course of the whole weekend. Approximately 950 windmills around the Netherlands are decorated with flags and flowers, and the popular thing to do is to visit windmills for demonstrations of how they work by the millers who still operate them. At some windmills, there are special art exhibits or concerts during the weekend.
It is said that the best way to visit the mills is by bicycle, with route plans available at various tourism offices.
 A Few Facts about Windmills
Windmill power is used for a number of functions, such as for pumping water, grinding grain, saw-milling of timber, drainage-pumping, and the processing of commodities such as tobacco, spices, cocoa, dyes and paints.
Many small windmills are still in use on today on farms around the world, for water-pumping, stock-watering and farmhouse needs.
In Holland, the majority of windmills are used for grain production and pumping water (necessary for keeping their canal levels where they need to be).
The tall skinny modern day electricity-generating "windmills" are actually wind turbines, and can be up to 295 feet tall.
Parting Thought
I knew that one day I would come to this point that I would make something so outrageous and so ambitious that... it'd be that Don Quixote feeling, that I'd have to tilt at a windmill. Sometimes you've got to do it. That's the only way you can do things.
Oliver Stone
American Writer & Film Maker

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Scott Roberts:  (Parts Manager)

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