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April 2008

GPO to Establish New Facility

WASHINGTON, DC—The Government Printing Office (GPO) has been given approval by Congress to establish a secure production facility on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. GPO employees will produce blank passport books at the new location, which will help meet rising passport demand.

BEP and Automatän Sign Pact

PLOVER, WI—The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), the U.S. government’s security printer, has agreed to purchase seven jogger/aerators from Automatän. Four of the Model 6500GLs are ticketed for BEP’s Washington, DC, facility, while three are to be installed at its Fort Worth, TX, plant. In all, 11 machines will be installed by the end of 2008.

New Web Press for St Ives

HOLLYWOOD, FL—St Ives has installed a Komori System 38 web offset press at its facility here. St Ives Hollywood provides services, including creative, photography, premedia, web and sheetfed printing, digital printing, saddlestitching, perfect binding, mail, fulfillment and logistic services.

Fire Strikes Newspaper Facility

BRIDGEPORT, CT—A fire struck the Connecticut Post’s printing plant March 1, sending three workers to the hospital and damaging a press. According to a local fire department official, the fire broke out in the folder and conveyor areas. It was believed to have started when a spark ignited some paper fibers. One press operator was treated for smoke inhalation, the paper reported. It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Valco Merges Hot Melt Duo

CINCINNATI—Valco Cincinnati announc-ed it will merge Shure-Glue Systems, its hot melt equipment company, with Melton S.L.U. of Navarra, Spain. Valco acquired Melton in 2006. In merging the two companies, Valco Cincinnati is streamlining the two hot melt brands into an improved solution for its customers.

Publishers Settle Lawsuit

NEW YORK—McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, and Cengage Learning have settled a previously pending trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against owners and operators of the online textbook marketplace, ValoreBooks.com. The suit had alleged Valore’s Website, www.valorebooks.com, repeatedly permitted and assisted sales by third-party sellers of pirated educational materials and foreign manufactured editions of textbooks not authorized for sale in North America.

Ken May Leaves FedEx Kinko’s

DALLAS—Ken May has resigned as president and CEO of FedEx Kinko’s, effective March 31. Brian Phillips, COO of FedEx Kinko’s, has become acting CEO. May, who spent 25 years with the firm, now plans to spend more time with his family.

Bielenberg Buys Gämmerler

PALMETTO, FL—Postpress equipment and systems supplier Gämmerler has been acquired by Bielenberg Beteiligungs. The new owners say they intend to leverage their knowledge of quality programs and cost leadership strategies to improve on Gämmerler’s current success and to enhance customer service after the sale. PI
 

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