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RIT Shuts Down Web Press

ROCHESTER, NY—A Sunday 2000 web offset press consigned to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its Printing Applications Lab (PAL) is being dismantled and sold after 10 years of service. The onset of the digital printing age reportedly played a role in the decision, and research clients that previously funded the Sunday’s operation have dwindled.

Worker Killed in Accident

PHILADELPHIA—A railroad employee was killed May 18 after being crushed by a 1,500-pound web of newsprint. Jefferson Troester, 43, of Claymont, DE, was struck by the paper after opening a box car that was transporting the paper rolls. A preliminary investigation showed the paper shifted in transit, causing it to fall out when the doors were opened. The paper delivery was ticketed for a plant that prints the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Pact for Premier, Vince’s

PORTLAND, OR—Premier Press and Vince’s Die-Cutting have forged a new partnership. With a combined 72 years of service in Portland’s printing industry, the union of the companies will increase quality and efficiency. Original staff from Vince’s will continue to serve trade business clients. Premier Press offers offset, digital and wide-format printing capabilities.

RRD Rolls Out ProteusJet

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has announced the development and installation of its new proprietary ProteusJet Multiweb platform, which has been installed in two of the company’s direct response production facilities. The piezoelectric, four-color inkjet technology enables direct marketers to use 100-percent customized content and messaging to precisely target consumers for improved ROI.

Jostens Moving Production

MINNEAPOLIS—Jostens, known for its print production of annuals, including high school yearbooks, along with class rings and other related products, will relocate production from Topeka, KS, to Clarksville, TN, beginning in July. The move will impact 372 employees, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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