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creative:impact-Washtenaw County: A Hub For The Industry

Oct 3, 2017

Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance and Kevin Spall, President and CEO of Thomson-Shore, Inc
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

You may not know it but, when it comes to publishing,  Washtenaw County is one of the biggest and most impactful communities in the country.  A prime example is Thomson-Shore, Inc. in Dexter.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance catch up with the President of the creative publishing house, Kevin Spall. 


RESOURCES:

§  Kevin Spall newsletter - A lot of information about the printing business

§  Article - A2-World Leader In Short Run Book Publishing – Business to Business Magazine article 2007.  The Ann Arbor area has long been known for being a leader in short-run book printing, and McNaughton & Gunn is just one of several strong players along with Edwards Brothers, Inc., Malloy, Inc., and Cushing Malloy, Inc., in Ann Arbor; Thomson-Shore, Inc. in Dexter; and Sheridan, Inc. in Chelsea among others.

§  Thomson-Shore History - was founded in 1972 and is located in Dexter, Michigan, USA, Thomson-Shore is a 100 percent employee-owned full service book manufacturing, printing, publishing, production, and distribution company.  Our company specializes in fulfilling the needs of book publishers, from an author’s initial Word document to the end reader.  Our business solutions span the entire publishing supply chain. Publishers of all types and sizes (authors, self-publishers, independent publishers, trade, religious, and university) benefit from the following services:

§  Short- to medium-run digital and offset book printing

§  Case and perfect binding

§  Layout and design

§  Editorial review

§  ISBN acquisition

§  E-Book conversion

§  Marketing of your book

§  Full service Trade distribution and fulfillment

§  Other Ann Arbor based printing companies 

§  1893 - Edwards Brothers – (2012 Merges with Malloy to become Edwards Brothers Malloy)

§  1952 - Cushing – Now Cushing Malloy

§  1975 - McNaughton Gunn   

§  1999 in Chelsea - Sheridan Book Publishing (founded in 1915 In Pennsylvania)

§  1948 – Malloy Lithography (2012 merges with Edwards Brothers to become Edwards Brothers Malloy))

§  University of Michigan Press

THOMSON-SHORE "BOOKTOBER FEST" 

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