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August 2010

Worker Dies in Baler Mishap

CAROL STREAM, IL—A worker was killed at the Berlin Industries printing plant here when his head and shoulders were trapped in a paper baler, according to the Daily Herald. The man was reportedly underneath a compacted load of paper weighing more 100 pounds. It took firefighters two hours to extricate the victim, the Herald noted.

CGX Acquires Hickory Assets

HOUSTON—Consolidated Graphics (CGX) announced that Hickory Printing Solutions, a Consolidated Graphics company, has acquired certain assets of The Hickory Printing Group. Headquartered in Conover, NC, Hickory Printing was founded in 1917 and grew to be one of the largest commercial printers in the Southeast.

Printer Closing its PA Facility

OLYPHANT, PA—Herff Jones is shutting down its facility here by the end of September, the Associated Press reported. More than 100 workers will be laid off. The company is transferring work to facilities in Indianapolis and Iola, KS. The Indianapolis-based company specializes in yearbooks, diplomas and recognition-oriented materials.

Prosper Fleet for Japs-Olson

MINNEAPOLIS—To enhance the speed and quality of the in-line printing capabilities on its web offset presses, Japs-Olson Co. has ordered 24 Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting systems. The inkjet printheads will be used to produce high-volume direct mail and other variable data applications.

Allen Files Chapter 11

NASHVILLE, TN—Burdened by more than $1 million in liabilities, Allen Printing has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Co-owner Paul Heffington told the paper he believes the "worst is behind us," and that the restructuring will put Allen's financial standing on firmer ground.

Sioux Printing Goes Under

SIOUX FALLS, SD—Sioux Printing, a general commercial printer with more than 50 years under its belt, closed down in July, the Argus Leader reported. The move cost 50 people their jobs.

Heidelberg, Unisource Deal

KENNESAW, GA—A partnership announced between Heidelberg USA and Unisource Worldwide combines Heidelberg's print media products, service and expertise with the paper and logistics knowledge of the Unisource organization for the benefit of U.S. printers. The new agreement will enable printers to buy Heidelberg's Saphira-branded consumables along with their paper through the Unisource national distribution network.

 

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