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Homewood Sponsors BBB Torch Award Banquet

The Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio, West Central Ohio and Southeast Michigan feted four regional businesses and a non-profit organization at its 2014 Torch Award ceremony on November 5 at the Perrysburg Hilton Garden Inn. Homewood was a Gold Sponsor and award nominee at this year’s event, which honored the five selected winners for exemplary and ethical business practices.

Mark Dubuc, Homewood’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, headed the company’s delegation in attendance and stated: “As a board member and contributor, we proudly support the mission of the Better Business Bureau and congratulate this year’s Torch Award recipients. It’s always refreshing to hear about integrity and superior service, and to be on hand as those in our business community receive the recognition they deserve for demonstrating those qualities.” The winners were chosen from approximately 100 nominees and received a trophy created by local glass artist Mike Wallace.

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Inaugural Quarterly Newsletter Cited by foldfactory

Issue 1 of Homewood’s quarterly newsletter – The Loop – was recently selected by literature folding software designer foldfactory as its “Fold of the Week.” Trish Witkowski, Chief Folding Fanatic of foldfactory, referred to the technique used as “clever and memorable.”

 

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Project Profile: WBGU-TV American Woodshop Mailer

BGSU’s Public Broadcasting station, WBGU-TV, recently turned to Homewood for a unique direct mail solution to help invigorate viewership for one of its flagship programs – “The American Woodshop.”

WBGU-TV Art Director Andy Carpenter engaged Homewood to produce an impactful, carpentry-themed direct mail piece to promote the station’s self-produced, long-running series “The American Woodshop” to television broadcast directors across the country. The result was a booklet with a natural wood grain look containing a USB drive of show trailers and highlights. The drive absolutely screamed “woodworking,” featuring a custom wooden enclosure engraved with “The American Woodshop” logo.

Mr. Carpenter shared: “Homewood really came through in getting our project printed and assembled on time and on budget. Although there was a unique binding that required a lot of handwork and positioning/gluing of the wooden USB drive, it all came together nicely. We were very pleased with the end result and our Executive Producer and star of ‘The American Woodshop,’ Scott Phillips, was thrilled with the booklet and requested additional copies for his sponsors and guests. Overall it was a huge success and we have Dan Curson and the staff of Homewood to thank! Job well done!”

The booklets were printed on Homewood’s new Heidelberg Linoprint – providing the anticipated, realistic wood-grain appearance while helping minimize costs – and hand-assembled using screw posts to tie in to the woodworking theme. The finished booklets were inserted into bubble envelopes and mailed to complete fulfillment.

Homewood’s Sales Representative Dan Curson is slated to follow-up with WBGU-TV soon to gauge the success of the project.

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Toledo School for the Arts Hosts Homewood to Performance and Tour

Homewood’s leadership and staff were among 100+ guests, hosted by the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA), for the organization’s “First Friday” community engagement event on the morning of November 7.
The affair kicked off in the downtown school’s new gallery, featuring works by students in the visual arts programs. Guests were then guided into the auditorium to experience a variety of enthralling acts from student musicians and performing artists. The morning concluded with a detailed tour guided by Lindsay Williams, TSA Communications Manager & Assistant to the Director, and Graphic Arts Instructor, Joy Carson.

Homewood attendees included President  Scott Dubuc and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Dubuc, as well as Emily and Kyrsten Dubuc and Chelsea Arndt. After the tour, Scott Dubuc remarked: “Homewood is proud to support the Toledo School of the Arts in their mission to enhance the understanding of and experience in the arts among our community’s youth and to provide them with the guidance and opportunities to pursue that path moving forward.” Mark Dubuc added “I think we were amazed at the breadth of all that the TSA has to offer, and the talent level of the students was off the charts. [TSA Director] Marty Porter, the faculty and these young artists are to be commended.”

Homewood also suggested a competition among the graphic arts students to design the school’s 2014 winter holiday card and was pleased to hear that TSA accepted the recommendation, as well as the company’s offer to print the cards at no charge.

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Homewood Educates BGSU Creatives on Aspects of Print Business & Green Initiatives

Two of our customer relationship representatives recently led a discussion on our green and operational practices for students who are a part of the Bowling Green State University’s Visual Communication Technology (VCT) major. Invited by department chair and associate professor Donna Trautman, PhD, to present during a sustainability course, Ernie Zuccarell and Chelsea Arndt provided an overview of Homewood’s alternative energy production, resource conservation and recycling efforts. In addition, the pair fielded many questions from students on topics ranging from client and supplier relations to paper stock.

At the conclusion of the session, Dr. Trautman remarked: “Chelsea and Ernie were engaging with the students and I was grateful that they were open to so many questions. I know the students have a greater understanding of how a company can be green as part of its culture. Homewood has always been such a great partner of VCT and I appreciate your continued support.”

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Toledo Museum of Art Business Council Bestows Membership on Homewood

The Toledo Museum of Art Business Council welcomed Homewood as a 2015 member during a ceremony held at the museum in early October. Limited-edition framed prints of a signature work of art from the TMA collection were presented to Homewood’s vice president Mark Dubuc and representatives of the other new council member businesses as recognition.

The newly appointed Business Council members were treated to cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres, as well as a private showing of “The Great War: Art on the Front Line” – an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The informative and moving exhibit featured paintings, sculptures and works on paper by European and American artists, some of who fought in the “the war to end all wars.”

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Monroe County Community College 50th Anniversary Marked with Tree Planting at Homewood

Homewood had the pleasure of hosting representatives of Monroe County Community College for a facility tour, tree planting and luncheon on a gorgeous October afternoon to commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary. Led by Dr. Kojo Quartey – MCCC’s president, Ramona Fisher – the coordinator of annual giving and alumni affairs and Kari Jenkins – an artist from the office of marketing and communications. The event was also attended by Allison Buber and Alice Roop – sales consultants from the Monroe News.

Homewood’s vice president of sales and marketing Mark Dubuc and sales representative Dan Curson provided an overview and tour, focusing on our full breadth of offline marketing capabilities. A highlight was the new Heidelberg Linoprint press, which provides short-run, fast turnaround solutions for clients seeking high-end color and inline bindery options to meet time-sensitive deadlines.

The feature of the afternoon was the tree planting ceremony, the first by Homewood to observe a special occasion of a customer or outstanding community organization. After joining Dr. Quartey to ceremoniously backfill dirt at the base of the tree, Mark Dubuc remarked: “Today, the planting of this tree marks a huge milestone of one of our area’s great institutions of higher learning. As it grows over the coming decades, it will continually serve as a reminder of Monroe County Community College’s ongoing commitment to education – enriching lives in our community and beyond.” A white pine, the Michigan state tree, was selected to honor MCCC.

The day’s festivities concluded with lunch at a popular local eatery.

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We’re So Thankful for You – We Thought We’d Do Something Special to Prove It

“An offline solution purveyor who doesn’t print and send an awesome dimensional mailer or even a card to show appreciation for its clients on Thanksgiving,” you say? Bingo. This year, instead of putting our creativity and resources into a cool mail piece or delicious pie delivery, we decided to raise the bar and focus on thanking those in our community who have given just about all they have left to give – senior residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Home in Oregon.

On Sunday, November 9th, Homewood’s leadership and staff volunteers attended mass, served lunch and called bingo for guests of the home, all in the name of our customers. Don’t get us wrong – printing and mailing are in our DNA, but our psyche can handle sending an online greeting this year and placing our energy into a truly worthwhile cause. As we all know, in the big picture, giving thanks frequently involves giving back. Regardless of what some football coaches and a certain college president may say, no one can beat the Little Sisters of the Poor, especially when it comes to compassion, care and love.

If we don’t have another opportunity to tell you in the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving from Homewood!

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From left to right:

Stacey Belkofer, Rita Cardone, Brian Barton,

and Mario Cardone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right:

Stacey Belkofer, Scott Dubuc, Brian Barton,

Ernie Zuccarell, Emily Dubuc, Dan Curson

and Mark Dubuc.

Homewood Tees Off in Support of Franciscan Living Communities

Homewood was proud to sponsor the inaugural golf outing of the Northwest Ohio members of Franciscan Living Communities, held in September at the Catawba Island Club. Franciscan Living Communities is a Catholic elder care organization sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, and provides comprehensive and spiritually enriching senior services through its member organizations.

In addition to event sponsorship, Homewood fielded a team that finished a respectable 8-under par. After a day on the links under ideal weather conditions, participants enjoyed a buffet dinner featuring prime rib and Lake Erie perch, and, most importantly, the satisfaction of having supported an extremely worthy cause.

 

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New Equipment = Higher Capacity, More Solutions

Chances are you’ve heard the timeless response of “pick any two” when inquiring if your print supplier can meet requirements for a “fast, high quality and cost-effective” project. Thanks to the addition of a new Heidelberg Linoprint press to our equipment portfolio, Homewood can now deliver even quicker turn times and potential savings at the same impeccable level of quality you’ve come to expect from us – plus, a new bindery option to enhance the image of your literature.

The Linoprint proved its worth right out of the blocks, enabling Homewood to fulfill an urgent need of a client’s customer for a limited quantity of catalogs from an overall run of 25,000 for use at a trade show. The press not only provides Homewood with another solution for short-run and fast-turnaround jobs but offers options and efficiencies that can actually improve the overall graphic design of your next project, such as inline square-edge bindery. The square-edge fold provides a perfect-bound look, giving booklets and brochures a higher-end appearance and allowing the capability to print on the spine. Contact us today for more information. We would welcome the opportunity to show you samples or host a tour so you can see the Linoprint in action for yourself!

 

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