PITTSBURGH—The PIA/GATF is reverting back to its maiden name, so to speak. The nation’s largest graphic communications association will now be known as Printing Industries of America, with the tagline “Advancing Graphic Communications.” Its new logo is representative of the industry’s technology, artistry and dynamic growth, according to Michael Makin, president and CEO of the association.
Deal Struck in Upstate NY
SYRACUSE, NY—KinaneCo Printing Systems has acquired Finger Lakes Printing of Auburn, NY, according to the Auburn Citizen. Finger Lakes, which laid off 20 employees as part of the deal, will continue operating in its present facility under the name FLP Group.
Precision Offset Adds Presses
IRVINE, CA—In order to accommodate growing business, Precision Offset has acquired and installed a trio of presses: two Kodak Nexpress S2500 digital output devices and a six-color Komori LS 640 sheetfed press with coater. Both machines went live in early December.
SpringDot Acquires Division
CINCINNATI—SpringDot has struck a deal to take over the commercial printing and specialty finishing divisions of fellow Queen City printer Steinhauser. The two companies have competed with one another for more than 100 years, according to the Kentucky Post. Steinhauser will still continue to operate its Packaging Print Solutions division.
Mallard Press Obtains AGS
LOMBARD, IL—Mallard Press has purchased American Graphic Specialties (AGS), a long-time provider of specialty products and services based in Westmont, IL. Certain key personnel from AGS will be joining Mallard Press. AGS specializes in producing and finishing customized products such as presentation folders, point-of-purchase items, counter cards, folding cartons and laminated items.
Belcher Takes Executive Post
CHICAGO—InnerWorkings, a provider of managed print and promotional solutions to corporate clients, has named Eric Belcher to the position of CEO. Belcher, who took the helm January 1, succeeds Steven Zuccarini, who will remain on the board of directors and assume the role of vice chairman. Belcher joined InnerWorkings in June 2005 as executive vice president of operations.
Serigraph Announces Layoffs
WEST BEND, WI—Serigraph Inc. has laid off roughly 50 employees, with some being offered early retirements, according to the Business Journal of Milwaukee. Sean Torinus, CEO of Serigraph, told the paper that sales to automotive and appliance customers—impacted greatly by the recession—have suffered, and the company needed to get costs in line with reduced sales.