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November 2008

Donnelley, HMH Reach Pact

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Publishing have agreed on an $875 million, multiyear print management contract extension. The deal expands on the previous relationship between North America’s largest printer and the publisher. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a leading worldwide educational publisher of instructional materials for pre-K through grade 12 schools.

PIA Reassigns Some Territories

PITTSBURGH—Printing Industries of America and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has reassigned its Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming territories to PIA Inc. of Arizona (PIAZ) following the disaffiliation earlier this summer of Printing and Imaging Association of the Mountain States (PIAMS). The newly created organization will be called Printing Industries of Colorado and will be run by the current CEO of PIA Inc. of Arizona, Sandi Neuman.

ABG Obtains Holden Graphic

MIRA LOMA, CA—ABG Marketing and Business Communications has acquired Holden Graphic Services of Arlington, TX. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Holden Graphic Services specializes in producing custom printed business documents.  ABG is a $36 million print management, digital imaging, direct mail and fulfillment solutions company.

Arcade Consolidates Operations

CHATTANOOGA, TN—Arcade Marketing is consolidating some print production operations here into its Dixon, IL, facility later this year, according to Chattanoogan.com. The move will result in the loss of about 150 jobs. Visant Corp. is the parent company of Arcade Marketing, which specializes in packaging solutions for the cosmetics market.

Ramsey, Clients Forge Deal

MAHWAH, NJ—Ramsey Press and clients Earth Enterprise, Green Earth Enterprise and Priority Enterprise have forged a partnership. The deal sees Earth Enterprise, a fourth-generation, New York-based commercial printer, making a substantial investment in Ramsey Press.  According to Patrick Pagani, vice president and COO of Ramsey Press, the partnership will also provide greater consultive opportunities for Ramsey with its clients.

FedEx Scales Back Worldwide

MEMPHIS, TN—FedEx Office is laying off 200 people in the United States and another 450 worldwide. The move was done to increase the company’s long-term success, a spokesperson for the company told the Dallas Business Journal. A company-wide realignment sees about 20 stores being closed domestically, with another 17 locations around the world also to be shuttered. The latter move will eliminate FedEx Office stores in Mexico, Australia and The Netherlands, according to the paper.

 

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