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March 2009
Morgan Promoted at Standard

DAYTON, OH—Standard Register has appointed Joseph Morgan Jr. as president and CEO. He was also elected to a seat on Standard’s board of directors. Morgan was named acting CEO last September. He’s also managed the company’s On Demand Solutions Group. Prior to joining Standard Register in 2001, Morgan served in executive roles at eflatbed.com and Sony Chemical.

Transcontinental Makes Deal

MONTREAL—Transcontinental Inc. has acquired Conversys Inc., a Canadian print-to-Web provider that specializes in the seamless transformation of print marketing materials, such as flyers and catalogs, into rich, interactive Web content that is user-friendly and brand-consistent across multiple channels. The acquisition complements Transcontinental’s existing printing and interactive communications offering to major retailers.

Sandy Arm Acquires Indigos

CLIFTON, NJ—eSA Solutions, the digital technology subsidiary of Sandy Alexander, has installed two seven-color HP Indigo 7000 digital color presses in conjunction with relocating to a new facility in the corporate headquarters here. eSA Solutions was formerly located in Fairfield, NJ. The move will enable eSA to reduce the carbon footprint of its digital operation by taking advantage of synergies in administration, prepress, bindery, transportation and fulfillment.

Domtar Cuts Freesheet Output

MONTREAL—Domtar Corp. will permanently reduce its fine paper manufacturing at its Plymouth, NC, mill by shutting down one of the two paper machines comprising the mill’s fine paper production unit. This will eliminate 293,000 short tons of the mill’s uncoated freesheet production capacity. Domtar plans to reduce staff across various parts of the mill by approximately 185 employees.

VistaPrint Still Thriving Online

HAMILTON, BERMUDA—VistaPrint Ltd. posted a 32 percent increase in revenues during the second quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to the same period the previous year, climbing from $105 million to $138.9 million. The online printer reported gaining roughly 1.5 million new customers for the quarter ending December 31, 2008. Repeat clients generated about 65 percent of total bookings in the second quarter, up 2 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

manroland Plans Cutbacks 

WESTMONT, IL—The manroland supervisory board agreed to trim 515 jobs in indirect functions in the Sheetfed Press Business sector in Offenbach, Germany, and 110 jobs in indirect functions in the Web Press Business sector in Augsburg, Germany, for 2009 and 2010. In addition, the Mainhausen factory located outside of Frankfurt, Germany, will be closed and the product lines assembled there will be integrated into the main sheetfed press factory in Offenbach.

 

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