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November 2007

Pizzeria Cooks Up Bad Dough

DOBBS FERRY, NY—Apparently a pizzeria owner here was cooking more dough than any of his customers could have imagined. Frank Donato was arrested by local police and charged with 16 counts of forgery as police seized $6,000 in fake $50 bills, according to The Journal News. Police also found printing equipment and cutting devices in a back office of The Brick Oven Pizza Shop. Donato posted bail the following day. His case was postponed until this month.

Gumpert Adds LEX Print

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Frank Gumpert Printing (FGP) has acquired LEX Print On-demand, a digital printer in Beltsville, MD. The deal enables FGP to expand its sheetfed capabilities to include short-run, digital and color copying services. FGP serves clients in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, region.

Open Call for WOA Awards

SEWICKLEY, PA—The Web Offset Association (WOA), a special interest group of PIA/GATF, is seeking entries for its 2008 WOA Annual Print Awards competition. The awards showcase the “best of the best” in the web offset printing arena. First place winners receive a free WOA conference registration and a night’s stay at the host hotel, along with a trophy and other prizes. Deadline for entries is January 11, 2008. For more information, visit www.woaprintcompetition.org or call contest manager Teresa Rees at (412) 259-1804.

Hinderliter Resigns from WCTC

PEWAUKEE, WI—Hal Hinderliter has resigned from the post of executive director of the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center at Waukesha County Technical College, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Interim management of the facility was given to Mike Shiels, dean of management technologies, and Ron Nash, a vice president with Quad/Graphics, the paper said.

Digital Presses for Direct Group

PENNINGTON, NJ—Direct Group, a fully integrated direct marketing solutions provider, has acquired two new Canon ImagePress C7000 digital color presses. The equipment is designed to support just-in-time, short-term printing runs and fulfillment; highly targeted, variable print-on-demand campaigns; and Web-to-print solutions for Direct Group clients. The Canon gear complements an existing HP Indigo digital press at the company’s Robbinsville, NJ, facility.

Sears Wish Book Returns

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL—After a 14-year hiatus, the Sears Wish Book catalog—a faithful companion for past generations of holiday gift seekers—is back. The old-school favorite, pared down to 188 pages, was celebrated with a coming-out party on November 19, when renowned wish granter Ty Pennington, star of TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” unveiled a king-sized Wish Book catalog in Times Square, NY. The catalog is currently available in print and online.
 

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