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March 2008
Donnelley Lobbies Washington

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley plunked down $485,044 during 2007 to lobby the federal government on environmental policy issues, according to an Associated Press report. The information was posted online by the U.S. Senate’s public records office. Under federal law, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches.

Tech Valley Closes Its Doors

WATERVLIET, NY—Citing economic difficulties, Tech Valley Printing notified the New York State Department of Labor that it was laying off 50 workers, then closed its doors on February 8. According to the Schenectdady (NY) Daily Gazette, the printer had been active in the acquisition market, picking up Baronet Litho in Johnstown, NY, and Schenectdady-based State Color in 2005.

Ed Young Hired by Heidelberg

KENNESAW, GA—Heidelberg USA has named Ed Young as vice president, field sales. He has also been appointed to Heidelberg’s executive management team and now reports to Bob Boyer Sr., the company’s senior vice president of sales and service. Young, a 30-year printing industry veteran, joins Heidelberg from Goss International.

Presstek Sues Competitor

HUDSON, NH—Presstek Inc. has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against Israeli printing plate manufacturer VIM Technologies and its manufacturing partner, Hanita Coatings RCA. Presstek claims VIM’s Di-R waterless processless thermal plate rolls infringe on two of the company’s patents and its registered DI trademark. In addition, Presstek sued three U.S.-based distributors of VIM products—Guaranteed Service & Supplies, Ohio Graphco and Recognition Systems—along with Canadian distributor AteCe Canada.

Cherry Joins Cenveo Envelope

STAMFORD, CT—Dean Cherry has been hired as president of Cenveo’s envelope operations. He now reports directly to Bob Burton, chairman and CEO. Cherry recently held the position of group president, Integrated Print Communications and Global Solutions, at RR Donnelley in Chicago.

American Printing Adding Jobs

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI—American Printing has plans to add 50 jobs over the next 18 months. The expansion is the result of aggressive growth that has led the company to purchase a second building to house its expanded divisions. The firm produces graphics for Fortune 500 companies.

Harland Relocates Operations

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN—Checks and financial printer Harland Clarke will relocate its Atlanta operations to its facility here, a move that will create about 50 jobs over the next two years. According to Business First of Louisville, Harland Clarke will invest more than $1.5 million in a 40,000-square-foot expansion.
 

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