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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.

Conlin’s Buys Pair of iGen4s

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA—Conlin’s Digital Print and Copy Center has obtained a pair of Xerox iGen4 digital color presses. Conlin’s is using the new devices to produce full-color booklets, brochures, manuals and postcards. Its clientele includes the advertising, legal and real estate markets.

New Leader at Finch Paper

GLENS FALLS, NY—Finch Paper has appointed former SCA Tissue-North America executive Joseph Raccuia as president and CEO of the uncoated printing paper manufacturer. The 50-year-old Raccuia succeeds Richard Carota, 71, who retired as president and CEO after 53 years with Finch. Carota will continue in his role as chairman of the company’s board of directors and chairman of the board’s executive committee.

Printing Cuts for Newspaper

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Capital Gazette Communications, which publishes the daily newspaper The Capital, is cutting 111 positions and will now outsource its printing, the paper reported. The cuts represent 29 percent of the company’s full-time workforce. Its press and mailroom operations were set to close March 1, resulting in the loss of 31 full-time and 51 part-time employees. Comprint Printing, which is owned by a division of The Washington Post, began printing the company’s papers on March 2.

Gilson Acquires Integra Assets

GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Gilson Graphics has purchased certain assets of Integra Inc., creating a company with projected annual sales of $30 million. Gilson is now able to offer its customers products and services such as offset and digital printing (including large formats), perfect binding, UV coating, aqueous coating and diecutting. Creative and mailing services are among the other capabilities garnered in the acquisition. Peter Schaefer and Jim Russell of Compass Capital Partners, of Berwyn, PA, represented Integra in the transaction.

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