Midsummer Lull Ends With New Flurry of Activity

Unison currently supports customers in the retail, trade show, transit and outdoor advertising markets, from facilities in New York, San Francisco and Boston. MegaArt is best known for the development and production of banners, some over 30,000 square feet. Udi Aloni, MegaArt’s founder, will continue as president of the company.

Memphis, TN-based Master Graphics, which only weeks ago became a public company, has joined the acquisition hunt. It has signed a letter of intent to acquire Huntsville, AL-based Golden Rule Printing, a general commercial sheetfed company that often does work in the compact disc and software packaging niche. Master Graphics currently has 11 divisions located across the country.

While all of this acquisition activity took place, Quebecor Printing (USA) announced plans to close a former American Signature catalog plant in Atlanta this fall, according to published reports. Union representatives say about 300 people work at the plant, which was acquired by Quebecor last year.

Before Quebecor owned the site, the plant endured a bitter four-year strike that began when the then-owner, a Japanese bank, fired the entire work force, and then rehired, at lower wages, all but 47 union employees.

At its height, the strike was a popular cause in this Southern metropolis, featuring appearances on the picket line by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. Last year a National Labor Relations Board administrative judge ruled in favor of the union, but the acquisition by Quebecor shortly thereafter rendered the ruling largely meaningless.

Finally, in Dayton, OH, Standard Register began construction of a 40,000-square-foot addition to its corporate headquarters, as it makes plans to close its Adrian, MI, customer service center by the end of the year, as part of the company’s integration effort following its purchase of UARCO Inc. The Adrian-based Standard Register warehouse and STANFAST print center are not affected. The Adrian facility currently manages warehouse releases and replenishment orders for customer inventory.

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