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March 2007

New Home, Press for Rider
CHICAGO—In addition to getting a bigger facility, Rider Dickerson has invested in some new gear to fill the space. The more than 100-year-old printing company migrated west of downtown this month to Bellwood, IL, into its new, 85,000-square-foot digs. In the process, the company added a four-color Heidelberg XL 105 sheetfed press and Kodak InSite and Matchprint Virtual Proofing (MVP) systems.

ANRO Installs Digital Presses
PHILADELPHIA—ANRO Inc. recently installed two HP Indigo 5000 presses, along with an Indigo s2000. The new machines will help ANRO enhance its comprehensive portfolio in corporate printing, mail, fulfillment and digital media services. An on-site tour of ANRO was provided as part of HP’s GO Digital seminar series.

Canadian Printers Merge
MONTREAL—Phipps Dickson and Integria, a pair of commercial printers based in Quebec, have agreed to merge. The new company, Phipps Dickson Integria, will have 200-plus employees and sales exceeding C$40 million. Phipps Dickson, of LaSalle, Quebec, provides premedia and print production services. Saint-Laurent, Quebec-based Integria serves the United States and Canada.

Freimuth Leaves Fujifilm
VALHALLA, NY—Stanley Freimuth, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer, has decided to leave Fujifilm U.S.A. after 23 years with the company. It was unclear as to whether Freimuth would leave the industry altogether. He joined Fujifilm in 1983 and grew within the ranks of the company’s graphic arts operations.

Print Oasis Draws Over 700
LAS VEGAS—The sixth annual Print Oasis print buyers conference and exhibit held here last month was its most successful yet. Attendance grew a reported 20 percent since last year with more than 700 industry professionals, including over 450 print buyers, marketers and creatives attending the conference. Highlights included educational seminars, optional on-site certification testing and several print buyer panels.

Lehigh Workers Unionize
PENNSAUKEN, NJ—Employees at Lehigh Press, including prepress, pressroom and finishing workers, voted 95-37 on February 1 to join the Graphic Communications Con­ference International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 14-M, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lehigh is owned by Visant Corp. of Armonk, NY.

Abitibi-Consolidated Idles Mill
MONTREAL—Abitibi-Consolidated idled its Fort William paper mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario, citing market conditions, high production costs and the need to reduce costs. Fort William produces commercial printing papers. Its 265 mill employees, and 88 more associated with the woodlands operations, are impacted by the shutdown.
 

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