The Lane Press, Inc. announced the availability of the book A Celebration of Vermont Printers 1904 – 2004. Published by Lane Press to recognize Vermont printers and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the book features interviews of 20 prominent contributors to the states printing industry, a history of printing techniques, and the changing role of technology during this time. Putting ink on paper is one of the central acts of a civilized society, the book begins. For private messages, a pen will do. But for spreading public informationanything from advertising to sacred textsprinting has long been the medium that has joined the individuals in a culture.How important is printing to the Vermont economy? Today there are 119 commercial printing businesses that employ more than 3,600 people with sales of more than half a billion dollars.Authored by Chris Granstrom with oral histories by The Vermont Folklife Center and photography by Michael Sipe, the book is a compilation of stories and images that bring to life the important role printers play in the dissemination of information, our ideals, and the freedoms we enjoy as a result of the printing industry.In the preface of the book, Philip Drumheller, president of Lane Press, says that more than anything else, this is a people story. This is a story about families, fathers and sons, and a lot of great individuals, lively characters who make the story of printing in Vermont both appealing and engaging. The oral history interviews with noted printing professionals bring the printing history alive through the stories they tell.Rocky Stinehour, founder of Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, Vermont, spoke at length during his oral history interview about the role of technology in printing. Printing has always been a technologically driven business, right from the get-go. I mean, putting those scribes out of business that were making those beautiful handmade books. There were books long before printing came along, and beautiful books, and great books, but printing did something. Printing was a tool and it took pens out of the hands of the scribes and they had to start setting type. The technology may change, but the book remains.A Celebration of Vermont Printers 1904 2004 is available in hard and soft cover at www.lanepress.com(link is external).
Share April 27, 2018 507 Views OpenClose Implements LOS Platform for Federal Credit Union in Headlines, News, Origination West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered OpenClose, a multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) and mortgage fintech provider, has announced that Ascend Federal Credit Union (Ascend) is leveraging its LenderAssist LOS platform and DecisionAssist product and pricing engine (PPE). OpenClose’s browser-based solution has delivered additional efficiencies and heightened service levels for the credit union’s growing mortgage lending division.Ascend engaged with OpenClose to provide the credit union with a robust LOS that will simplify its mortgage processes, ensure compliance, improve efficiencies, maximize productivity, and reduce costs without the time and expense of implementing and maintaining a legacy system. LenderAssist is configured to support Ascend’s specific business processes and automate the lending workflow from start to finish. The entire platform was implemented in less than 60 days.“Since implementing OpenClose, we have enhanced our overall mortgage lending process and ability to provide faster, better service to members looking for a home loan,” said Don Gilliam, VP of Mortgage Lending at Ascend. OpenClose maintains the entire system for Ascend, avoiding the need to add internal staff and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. DecisionAssist provides instant, accurate loan pricing and eligibility for Ascend’s mortgage staff. OpenClose’s team of mortgage specialists manage all guidelines and pricing on a daily basis for Ascend. In addition, as Ascend grows, LenderAssist is designed to flex and scale with the business, preventing expansion challenges.“Attaining a home loan can be an intimidating, complex experience for many consumers, but Ascend’s focus on service and use of technology makes it very easy for members to do business with them,” said JP Kelly, President of OpenClose. “LenderAssist and DecisionAssist have contributed to Ascend’s already high service levels by helping add simplicity, transparency, and excellence in service to members.” Ascend Federal Credit Union FinTech Lenders LOS mortgage Mortgage Lending OpenClose technology 2018-04-27 Radhika Ojha