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January 2010

OSHA Fines WV Printer

CHARLESTON, WV—Chapman Printing has been assessed a $158,000 fine for 19 alleged safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Charleston Gazette reported. OSHA began an investigation last June in response to a formal complaint, the paper said. Six of the violations, termed "willful," account for $126,000 of the total amount.

DirectMail Buys Eagle Direct

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD—DirectMail.com, a provider of integrated direct marketing solutions, has acquired Eagle Direct, an Upper Marlboro, MD, direct mail shop specializing in personalized, multi-insert pieces. With the acquisition, privately held DirectMail.com will add key Eagle Direct staff members, including owner Deborah Albro, to its team. Albro will assume the title of vice president, customer service and operations.

More Cuts Slated for KBA

WÜRZBURG, GERMANY—Printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) plans to cut an additional 300 million euros (more than $450 million) in costs by 2013 in an effort to offset flagging sales and right the ship toward profitability, Bloomberg.com reported. In an interview, KBA CEO Helge Han- sen said the company is now seeking 580 million euros in savings through 2012. By mid-year, 300 more positions will be eliminated at the company.

Council Aids Expansion

JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Command Web, a book printer that counts Scholastic among its publishing customers, got a boost from Jefferson City Council, which approved the sale of $22.5 million worth of taxable bonds to finance the company's expansion project. The initiative, which could create 50 or more jobs, includes a 45,000-square-foot expansion, KRCG-TV reported. A new printing press and binding line will be included in the project.

Printer Avoids Jail Time

NEW YORK—The head of a Long Island City printing company has pleaded guilty to grand larceny for defrauding two investors out of $145,000, the New York Post reported. Peter Saad, owner of Project 912, agreed to repay the money in exchange for a likely sentence of five years' probation. Saad made several false statements to two acquaintances in order to entice them into investing in Project 912.

Institute, WCTC Part Ways

PEWAUKEE, WI—The relationship between the Institute for Graphics and Imaging (IGI) and the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) has apparently ended. The IGI's board voted to end its agreement with the college effective immediately, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Tim Burton, who heads the IGI's board of directors, told the paper that it was not known if the institute would be revived elsewhere. During 2009, nearly three-quarters of the 40 scheduled seminars were cancelled due to a lack of attendance.

 

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