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October 2009

INX Mourns Loss of Kisner

SAN LEANDRO, CA—Brad Kisner, president of INX Digital, died August 22 after suffering a heart attack while visiting family in Santa Cruz, CA. He was 47. Mr. Kisner's name was synonymous with Triangle inks, from the founding of Triangle Digital with his brother Ken, in 2002, through its evolution as a major component of INX Digital's multifaceted offerings. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and three children.

Bradford & Bigelow Buys Press

CHICAGO—Looking to bolster its Digital Book Factory, Bradford & Bigelow of Newburyport, MA, has signed an agreement to obtain the new HP Indigo W7200 rollfed digital color press. The transaction was announced during PRINT 09. The dual-engine, liquid electrophotographic press prints at 240 letter-size, four-color duplex pages per minute, and is compatible with most off-the-shelf coated and uncoated papers. Installed with the press will be HP's new SmartStream Production Pro version 3.5 print server.

Expansion for Best Press

ADDISON, TX—Best Press broke ground on a multimillion dollar expansion that will see its building grow by 44,000 square feet to nearly 100,000. The addition—expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2010—will help accommodate a new fulfillment and distribution center, along with three recently purchased presses.

Twister Hits Print Shop

DURHAM, ONTARIO—A string of tornadoes that rumbled across Ontario, killing one child, also took its toll on a local printer. Thuro-Web Ltd. saw the middle of its building demolished by a funnel cloud, according to the Barrie Advance. The newspaper and at least one other source alluded to unconfirmed reports that about a dozen employees were able to survive the twister by clinging to or hiding underneath a press.

Sappi Shutters Michigan Mill

BOSTON—Sappi Fine Paper North America will permanently cease operations at its coated fine paper mill in Muskegon, MI. The closing will impact 190 salaried and hourly employees, who have been on furlough since the suspension of operations announced last March. Sappi operated a single paper machine at the site with an annual production capacity of 170,000 metric tons. The company will record a charge of roughly $30 million in the fourth quarter. PI


 

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