VistaPrint Awarded Patents
LEXINGTON, MA—VistaPrint has been awarded three patents in the United States for its Web-based tools and manufacturing processes. One patent allows a user to prepare and view a document design image that matches the appearance of the document the customer receives in print. Another patent covers methods for job ganging based on individual product size, while a third patent protects VistaPrint’s automatic “smart cropping” technology.
Double Diamond for Buchanan
DALLAS—Buchanan Visual Communica-tions has installed a 12-color Mitsubishi Diamond 3000R convertible perfector with twin coaters. Known as the Double Diamond perfector, the 40˝ sheetfed press incorporates 17 total units, reportedly making it the largest number of units of any commercial sheetfed press in operation. According to David Johnson, president of Buchanan Visual Communications, the ability of the perfector to print six colors and coat both sides of the sheet simultaneously provides his company with a marketplace advantage.
Good Vibe for Quad/Graphics
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics has signed a multi-year, multimillion dollar agreement with Vibe Media Group for the printing and distribution of VIBE and VIBE Vixen magazines. Quad/Graphics will print approximately 18 million magazines in its plant here. The facility boasts a large capacity for co-mailing publishers’ magazines for increased postal worksharing discounts.
Chemical Spill at Presstek Plant
HUDSON, NH—About 1,500 pounds of sulfuric acid spilled at Presstek’s South Hadley, MA, printing plate production facility on October 30, causing the evacuation of roughly 80 homes and businesses in that town and nearby Granby, MA, as well as the closure of local schools. The cause of the incident is under investigation, according to The Associated Press. Presstek worked closely with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) crews to clean up the spill. The plant has since re-opened.
Cadmus Inks AAP Contract
RICHMOND, VA—Cadmus Communica-tions has signed a five-year contract with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide a full range of outsourced publishing production services for AAP’s leading publications, including services for AAP’s Pediatrics, a medical journal. Other full issue management services to be provided by Cadmus are copy editing, composition, XML coding, printing, binding and distribution of online and printed AAP publications.
GLS Gains Litho Inc. Assets
MINNEAPOLIS—GLS Companies acquired certain assets of Litho Inc., a web and sheetfed printer based in St Paul, MN. GLS Companies is a full-service communications solutions provider. Litho Inc. will continue to operate out of its St. Paul location as an operating division of GLS Companies.