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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.

Gigantic Is Beta for HP Printer

DALLAS—Large-format printer Gigantic Color is the first beta installation of the HP Scitex FB750 digital flatbed printer. The addition has allowed Gigantic Color to expand its offerings and secure new business opportunities traditionally limited to screen printers. The printer is designed for high-quality, point-of-purchase/point-of-sale applications, exhibition graphics, signage, backlit displays and posters.

Promatch Enhances Arsenal

DAYTON, OH—Promatch Solutions has acquired the assets and trade name of Greyden Press and JK Digital Publishing. Greyden Press, based in Columbus, OH, provides prepress, digital printing, binding and fulfillment to the scientific and technical publishing markets. The addition of Greyden also allows Promatch to expand its short-run perfect binding, coil and binder publication offerings to include hardcase books, along with CD and DVD replication.

Press Fire Strikes Gateway

LOUISVILLE, KY—It took four fire departments about 40 minutes to put out a fire at Gateway Press on March 4, the Louisville Courier-Journal indicated. There were no injuries reported. Firefighters arrived at the plant shortly after 7 p.m. as smoke billowed out of a six-color, 40? press that had been operating when the blaze started, according to Glen Georgehead, CFO. He said the press is likely damaged beyond repair and added that the building did not suffer any structural damage.

Mohawk Acquires SMART Line

COHOES, NY—Mohawk Fine Papers has purchased the premium uncoated writing, text and cover brands from SMART Papers, of Hamilton, OH. The purchase includes the Carnival, Passport, Genesis, Synergy, Pegasus, Magna Carta, Solutions, Feltweave, Nekoosa, Proterra, Skytone and SMART Brights brands. Mohawk will also become the exclusive marketer of SMART’s Kromekote and Knightkote brands to traditional paper distribution companies and graphic designers worldwide.

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