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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.

Saggiomo Joins DG3 Group

JERSEY CITY, NJ—The DG3 Group (DG3), a provider of global graphic communication solutions, has tabbed Tom Saggiomo for the role of president with the DG3 North American division, effective January 1. Saggiomo will report directly to Michael Cunningham, DG3’s CEO. Saggiomo previously served as president and CEO of the Agfa Graphics North American division, which hired Peter Wilkens as his replacement.

Quebecor World Boosts Co-Mail

MONTREAL—Quebecor World has installed a variable trim co-mail system that will increase its co-mail offering and generate increased postal savings for its catalog and periodical customers. The system enables Quebecor World to deliver multiple trim formats in-line, offering customers more opportunities to participate in co-mailing pools and reduce mailing costs.

Second Web Press for St Ives

HOLLYWOOD, FL—St Ives is preparing to install a second Komori System 38 web offset printing press at its facility here. The new Komori press is scheduled to be placed into full production in early March 2009. St Ives produces magazines, catalogs and annual reports. It provides sheetfed and web commercial printing, digital printing, perfect binding, direct mail and fulfillment services.

AbitibiBowater Drops Capacity

MONTREAL—AbitibiBowater Inc. is curtailing paper production capacity, predominantly newsprint, by one million metric tons in a move that will result in about 1,100 jobs being impacted in the United States and Canada. Some mills are being closed permanently, while others are being idled until further notice. The Covington, TN, paper converting facility is being closed for good, removing 70,000 metric tons of coated grades from the marketplace.

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