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February 2009

Ames Buys Landmark System

SOMERVILLE, MA—Ames On-Demand will be the first company in North America to install the Xerox 980 color continuous-feed printing system. Ames On-Demand prints textbooks, lab manuals and other books for higher education publishers. The company believes the toner-based Xerox 980 will significantly expand its textbook business, as well as enable Ames On-Demand to grow into new markets.

WMSG Adds Digital Presses

DALLAS—WMSG has augmented its digital production color press arsenal with the acquisition of three more machines from the Kodak Nexpress platform: two new Kodak Nexpress S3000 digital production color presses and one existing Kodak Nexpress S2500 digital color press that was converted to a Nexpress S3000. These machines join the six existing devices at WMSG that have been upgraded over the years.

Quad Charity Donates $1M

SUSSEX, WI—The Windhover Foundation, a charitable organization funded by Quad/Graphics and the Quadracci family, has donated $1 million to food banks and meal programs in southeastern Wisconsin and six other U.S. locations where Quad/Graphics has printing facilities. The donation is in addition to the $420,000 in contributions given by the foundation to hunger-relief organizations last fall.

Visual Pak Acquires Norka

WAUKEGAN, IL—The Visual Pak Cos. has completed a deal to acquire Norka Inc., of Appleton, WI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Norka will continue to operate in its Appleton facility and will provide Visual Pak with specialty packaging, commercial printing and custom paper conversion.

In-Plant Director Is Indicted

ATHENS, OH—A former Ohio University in-plant director has been indicted by a grand jury on charges in connection with more than $100,000 worth of university contracts awarded to businesses owned by his wife. David Kasler has been charged with two felony counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract and felony counts of theft by deception and theft in office, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Kasler retired last July.

Knight Printing Nabs Cook Sign

FARGO, ND—Knight, the parent company of Knight Printing, announced that it has acquired Fargo-based Cook Sign, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The combined company will have more than 110 employees. Knight CEO Rich Slagle told the paper that the deal allows the companies to expand their products for new clients. The Marcil Group provided financing, advisory and real estate support for the acquisition, the Tribune reported. Marcil Group will reportedly invest more than $1 million to update Cook’s equipment.


 

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