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April 2007

Jacobson Leaving Kodak
ROCHESTER, NY—Jeff Jacobson, a vice president for Eastman Kodak and the COO for its Graphic Communications Group, announced he will step down from his post at the end of April. Jacobson announced his intention to leave under the terms of a two-year agreement that took effect upon the acquisition of Kodak Polychrome Graphics.

MO Moves Against Ad Inserts
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—The inclusion of advertising inserts with license plate renewal notices in the state of Missouri may stop after the state Senate voted for an amendment that would disallow the practice. The Missouri Department of Revenue started including ad inserts with the plate renewal notices in 2006, according to the Jefferson City News Tribune. In allowing the ads to be sold and inserted into the mailings in exchange for free printing, the state saved $750,000 a year.

Neenah Closes Fox Facility
ALPHARETTA, GA—Neenah Paper has decided to permanently close one of the fine paper plants it acquired in the purchase of Fox River Paper. Operations will cease at the Housatonic mill in Great Barrington, MA, at the end of the second quarter. Annual savings of about $5 million are expected from the elimination of fixed costs and increased manufacturing facilities.

Quebecor Nets Book Pact
MONTREAL—Quebecor World has reached terms on a multi-year contract extension with Harlequin Enterprises for the printing of mass-market paperback books. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Quebecor World produces approximately 145 million paperback books (roughly 44 billion pages) annually for Harlequin and its imprints, Mira and Silhouette.

CCL Label Opening Facility
FRAMINGHAM, MA—Label and packaging specialist CCL Label is slated to move its Memphis, TN, plant into a 120,000-square-foot facility in Collierville, TN, sometime this summer. The $18 million project is designed to provide more space for the company, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

Donnelley Rebrands Astron
CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has rebranded its British-based Astron as RR Donnelley Global Document Solutions to reflect the expansion of its end-to-end document management and business process outsourcing (BPO) capabilities and integration with Donnelley’s global resources.

PGSF Gets Large Endowment
SEWICKLEY, PA—A gift of $650,000 has been given to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) by the Employing Printers Education Trust (EPET). The trustees have directed PGSF to establish educational scholarships; the monies will help build the number of ‘Gutenberg level’ $5,000 annual scholarships.
 

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