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March 2010

Quad Expands L.L.Bean Pact

SUSSEX, WI—Under a new, multi-year agreement, Quad/Graphics Photography Services will become L.L.Bean's exclusive provider for studio photography. The agreement, an expansion of an existing Quad/Graphics contract, goes into effect this month and covers photography for L.L.Bean's catalogs, as well as its Websites and e-commerce.

Cenveo Buys Clixx Assets

STAMFORD, CT—Cenveo Inc., through one of its subsidiaries, has acquired the assets of Clixx Direct Marketing Services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cenveo expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings. Clixx provides a range of direct mail, data management, variable imaging and fulfillment solutions.

Alonzo Printing Is Closing

HAYWARD, CA—Alonzo Printing, an environmentally-conscious printer based in the Bay Area since 1976, is closing its doors, company President Jim Duffy revealed. The company billed itself as a provider of green solutions for digital, sheetfed and coldset web printing with complete bindery, direct mail and fulfillment services, according to its Website.

Berryville Trims Head Count

BERRYVILLE, VA—Book printer Berryville Graphics has laid off 68 workers following a year in which it cut loose 70 employees due to economic and market conditions, the Northern Virginia Daily reported. Mark Bone, general manager of Berryville, said the company does not anticipate making any further cuts this year, according to the paper. The firm still employs more than 500 workers.

Lehigh Press PR Is Acquired

GREENSBORO, NC—Keller-Crescent Co., a Clondalkin Group Co., has acquired Lehigh Press, located in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Lehigh Press manufactures labels, inserts, outserts and other packaging components, mainly for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.

News Corp., Valassis Settle

NEW YORK—News Corp. announced it has settled with Livonia, MI-based Valassis Communications for $500 million in a lawsuit filed against the company's News America Marketing (NAM) unit, which was scheduled to go to trial. Under the terms of the settlement, NAM will also enter into a 10-year shared mail distribution agreement with Valassis Direct Mail, a Valassis subsidiary.

Contac Obtains Forum Assets

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—Contac announced its further expansion into printing with the acquisition of certain printing assets from Forum Productions, a commercial printer located in Delta, British Columbia. As a result of the deal, Contac is acquiring a wide range of printing equipment and technology, including a six-color, 40˝ sheetfed press; a four-color, 29˝ UV hybrid sheetfed press; a diecutter/foiler; and an assortment of other assets.

 

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