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May 2007

Quad Nets L.L. Bean Pact
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics has secured a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal to become the exclusive printer and prepress provider for L.L. Bean catalogs beginning in January 2008. The contract covers all prepress, printing and binding for more than 65 catalogs.

Healthcare Accord for Standard
DAYTON, OH—Standard Register has signed a three-year contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, a healthcare purchasing network. The deal arranges for Standard Register to provide enterprise document solutions and services for Premier’s 1,500-plus hospitals and nearly 45,000 other healthcare sites.

Paper Buys New Press, Facility
SALISBURY, MD—The Daily Times newspaper will be acquiring a new printing press and production facility with a price tag of $6.5 million. The new 48,000-square-foot plant is slated to open in early 2008. A Goss Urbanite web press will allow the paper to print up to 48 pages of full color. The Gannett-owned Daily Times is the flagship publication of Delmarva Media Group, which includes nine weekly newspapers.

TPC Breaks Ground for Plant
LEWISTON, ID—Tribune Publishing, which publishes the Lewiston Tribune and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, has broken ground for the construction of a 30,000-square-foot facility that will house a new MAN Roland Uniset 75 web press. The press is due to go live in June of 2008.

GateHouse Buys Four Papers
ROCKFORD, IL—GateHouse Media of Fairport, NY, has obtained four newspapers from the Gannett Co., including the Rockford Register Star, for a combined $410 million. It is the seventh parent company for the Register Star, which is 152 years old. All 420 Register Star employees will be retained, as will Publisher Fritz Jacobi. The other papers involved in the sale are the Norwich (CT) Bulletin, the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch and the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch.

Bundler Suppliers Have Merged
FORT PAYNE, AL—The combination of Samuel Strapping Systems, News Group and Ovalstrapping Graphics has created GO Packaging, which will offer newspaper customers a full line of high-speed in-line and off-line bundling equipment. GO Packaging will also offer a line of stretch film equipment, as well as stretch film and strapping.

PI Cracks BtoB Top 100 Again
PHILADELPHIA—Printing Impressions magazine again charted on BtoB magazine’s Top 100 trade publications list based on 2006 revenues, coming in at 61. It finished 63rd a year ago. The listing, featured in BtoB’s March 12 issue, based PI’s revenues on 1,024 advertising pages. Printing Impressions and Packaging Digest, ranked 93rd, were the only printing industry-related publications to crack the list. PC Magazine topped the rankings again.
 

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