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August 2007
IWCO Direct Changes Hands
CHANHASSEN, MN—Marketing specialist IWCO Direct is changing hands, with Avista Capital Partners acquiring a controlling interest in the company from Court Square Capital Partners. The transaction does not impact day-to-day operations. IWCO Direct’s executive management team will retain their shares in the company and continue to lead it.

Donnelley Sheds Old Names
CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has unified its printing and related services offerings under the single RR Donnelley brand. Moore Wallace, Moore Canada, Moore Response Marketing, Moore (in Latin America), OfficeTiger and the company’s network of North American commercial printing facilities have been rebranded as RR Donnelley.

Rechristening for PIA New York
AMHERST, NY—The Printing and Imaging Association of New York State has changed its name to the Printing Industries Alliance. The change is a reflection of the added territory the association reaped following the bankruptcy of the Association of Graphic Communications (AGC). The Alliance covers all of New York state, 10 northern counties in New Jersey, and Erie County in Pennsylvania. This region represents roughly $18 billion in annual sales volume.

Nahan Adds Landmark Press
ST. CLOUD, MN—Nahan Printing has the distinction of obtaining the first 10-unit MAN Roland Rotoman press in North America. The system will incorporate PECOM controls, as well as two MAN Roland high-speed folders. Nahan specializes in high-end commercial printing and direct mail.

Bramkamp Nabs Old Print Plant
CINCINNATI—Bramkamp Printing is tripling its space, and will increase its mailing and fulfillment services, with the move to the former S. Rosenthal & Co. plant in Blue Ash, OH, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The former Spring Grove Village printer is leasing 60,000 square feet in the building. The move was prompted by the company’s sales growth, which is expected to reach $10 million by 2010, the Enquirer reported.

Hi-Liter Inks Deal for Plus Cos.
BURLINGTON, WI—Hi-Liter Graphics has signed a letter of intent to acquire Plus Companies of Menomonee Falls, WI. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Plus Companies has two business units, C-t-Plus and Plus Digital Print, that will operate as wholly owned subsidiaries following the deal. Dennis Redman, founder of Plus Companies, will remain with the firm as an executive.

Hirt, 74, Founded Primary Color
FALLBROOK, CA—Walter Hirt, 74, founder of Primary Color with facilities in El Segundo and Costa Mesa, CA, died July 1 at his home here. A native of Nice, France, Mr. Hirt became a member of the Switzerland armed forces and traveled extensively. He opened Primary Color in 1985. The company is run by his sons, Mike, Ron and Dan.
 

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