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April 2009

New In-Store Division for HGI

BURLINGTON, WI—HGI Co. has created a new operating division, Tempt In-Store Productions, based in Menomonee Falls, WI. The division specializes in the design and manufacture of in-store marketing materials for the country’s leading retailers and consumer brands. Mike Draver has been named president of Tempt, which recently installed an Inca Onset digital UV press. 

San Fran Chronicle in Trouble

MONTREAL—The announcement that Hearst Publishing may seek a buyer for its troubled San Francisco Chronicle, which could face closure, has to be a bit disconcerting for Transcontinental Inc. The two parties previously signed an agreement that sees the Chronicle’s printing outsourced to Transcontinental, which is slated to begin printing the paper in a specially built plant later this year. Transcontinental said the preparation of its facility in San Francisco continues as scheduled, with print production on track for the June startup.

Unisource Chases ‘Delinquent’

EUGENE, OR—Printing supplies distributor Unisource Worldwide has filed a lawsuit seeking $3.3 million it says is owed by defunct printer Northwest Web, The Register-Guard reported. The printer closed its doors last November. According to the paper, Unisource continued making deliveries to Northwest Web through November, despite not receiving payments since April. A lawyer for Unisource told The Register-Guard that the chance of his client getting paid at this point is “pretty slim.”

Vision Graphics Buys Keyline

LOVELAND, CO—Vision Graphics has signed a letter of intent to acquire Denver-based Keyline Graphics. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close within 30 days, were not revealed. Keyline’s present management team, led by Del Baker, will remain with the company upon completion of the deal. Keyline will also continue to operate out of its current facility under the Vision Graphics brand. 

Worker Loses Toes in Accident

ANNISTON, AL—An employee of Consolidated Publishing endured three operations that cost him five toes after an alleged malfunctioning press roller caught the worker’s foot, according to The Anniston Star. Marty Hubbard told the paper his foot got caught in a roller that had been malfunctioning “for a while.” An initial surgery and two followup procedures saved Hubbard’s foot, but not his toes.

 

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