Mike Hudson of APH standing in front of a bright aluminum building with a rounded roof.
I am on the road this week,but as I passed through Memphis, TN I couldn't resist taking a side trip for a little APH history. In the years after World War II, popular music was undergoing dramatic changes. As small record companies tried to get regional styles like blues and country western records pressed, they ran into a number of technological barriers. Several turned to APH, which had been pressing Talking Book records on vinyl since 1936, for help. One was Sidney Nathan at King Records in Cincinnati. Mr. Nathan even hired away the APH production manager! But a lesser known company that learned from the printing house was Plastic Products, owned by Buster Williams. In 1956, Williams did a small job for another regional studio, Sun Records, a recording of "All Right Mama" by Elvis Presley. The quonset huts that housed Plastic Products are still standing on Chelsea Avenue in Memphis, and we visiting them over the weekend. Is it possible that APH saved Elvis?
by Monica Turner As a Field Services Representative, one of my responsibilities is to go to conferences and exhibit APH products. Oftentimes I will display many of the new and exciting products that we have to offer in order to provide consumers an opportunity to see the items firsthand before making the decision to purchase them. While it is wonderful that APH has been producing so many new products over the past several years, I find that I'm not often able to take along as many of the wonderful, older products that we still have available. We give you information about our new products each month as they are released, and we have been thinking that it might be beneficial to also go back and revisit some of the "oldies but goodies." We hope you agree and we welcome any suggestions you may have about products that you would like to see highlighted.
After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which APH is a member) and Orbit Research (the manufacturer of the Orbit Reader 20), American Printing House has removed the Orbit Reader 20 from its catalog and shopping site. This comes after discussions have stalled regarding the terms of distribution to TBG partners. The global nonprofits that make up the TBG collaborate as a group to purchase Orbit Reader 20s as part of an effort to keep costs low.
“Working with the TBG, APH has negotiated in good faith for many months, balancing the needs of our customers and organization, our interest in driving a low-cost braille market, and our valuable partnerships with TBG members,” says APH President Craig Meador. “Despite our best efforts, we have not found alignment on the issues at hand. APH must now move forward, and focus our energies on our mission to support students with braille literacy and adults in their independence.” The Good News
The Orbit Reader …