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AMERICA UNDER SIEGE -- Terrorist Attacks Cripple Printers

November 2001
The worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in our country's history left more than 6,500 people missing and presumed dead, reduced a pair of 110-story skyscraper buildings to an unimaginable pile of twisted metal and human debris, and left many Americans feeling more vulnerable than they had ever thought possible.

The multi-pronged terrorist attack of September 11 was unfathomable: four airliner hijackings, two of which resulted in collisions with the World Trade Center towers in New York City and a third that left a large cavity in the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Fortunately, it appears passengers thwarted a fourth kamikaze mission aimed at Washington, forcing down the plane some 80 miles south of Pittsburgh.

It has been learned that a passenger on one of the planes was Doug Stone, co-owner of Odyssey Press, a book printing specialist in Dover, NH.

Source of Evil
President Bush and the U.S. government have identified Saudi national Osama bin Laden at the core of a loosely connected network of terrorist groups responsible for the acts. Bush has promised Americans that bin Laden and those responsible for the spread of terrorism will be brought to justice, a campaign many observers predict will take several years to accomplish.

The recovery process—physically, emotionally, psychologically and economically—will likely take months and years as opposed to days and weeks. New York area printers have found that just getting to work, let alone functioning on a quasi-normal basis, is an arduous task.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons' financial division is located at 75 Park Place, across the street from the No. 7 World Trade Center tower. Donnelley's building, which was evacuated after the second tower was struck, also suffered damage and forced the venerable printer to relocate its offices to 99 Park Ave., near Central Station, which is home to another Donnelley office. The company will return to 75 Park Place, pending an inspection of possible structural damage.

R.R. Donnelley Logistics is functioning, sans 50 ZIP codes in Manhattan that are currently out of service.

Tanagraphics, a 32-year veteran in the city, which realizes a great deal of its work from affected businesses, is located a mere two miles from the area dubbed "ground zero." According to David Jurist, president of Tanagraphics, the focus of the company is to "deal with the reality of what's happened."

One way that was accomplished was through a prayer session the company had on the Friday following the attack. Employees joined hands on the fifth floor and recited the names of people who were missing.


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