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June 2011

EGT Group Joins CGX Family

HOUSTON—Consolidated Graphics (CGX), through the new EGT Printing Solutions, a Consolidated Graphics company, has acquired certain assets of The EGT Group, headquartered in Detroit. The EGT Group was founded in 1970 and offers commercial and digital printing, data management, mailing and fulfillment services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Landmark Deal for Donnelley

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley and HarperCollins Publishers announced a global supply chain agreement that will see the printer handle the fulfillment of all HarperCollins new releases from its Harrisonburg, VA, facility, starting in November. Additionally, beginning in July 2012, Donnelley will handle fulfillment of all frontlist and backlist titles for Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. The printer will also provide global print-on-demand services to HarperCollins, enabling most titles to be printed anywhere HarperCollins holds publishing rights.

Valassis Signs Agreement

LIVONIA, MI—Valassis, a media and marketing services provider, and Alliance Marketing, an independent ad group representing more than $2 billion in annualized retail sales, announced an arrangement to develop and execute in-store marketing and media programs, starting in the second quarter of 2011. Valassis will help Alliance Marketing emphasize promotional pricing at the shelf, heighten the effectiveness of brand messaging at point-of-sale, as well as streamline the way consumers find information about products and how they can be used.

Fire Rocks Grafix Systems

GARDEN GROVE, CA—An overnight blaze at Grafix Systems on April 27 did heavy damage that could cost the printer as much as $3 million, The Orange County Register reported. More than 40 firefighters waged battle with the fire, which broke out around 12:30 a.m. Flames rocketed as high as 40 feet in the air and did damage to power lines, according to the paper. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire—which is believed to have started in the rear of the 3,000-square-foot facility—is under investigation, the Register said.

Alliance for National Platform

GARDENA, CA—Southwest Offset Printing (SOP) has formed a strategic alliance with two regional print partners—Freeport Press of Freeport, OH, and Democrat Printing & Lithography of Little Rock, AR—to manufacture the inaugural issue of Help Me Rent Magazine (HMRM), which launches in 32 cities in July. The agreement also provides an enhanced platform for each company to build a national account presence.

 

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