Quebecor World Expands Out West

RIVERSIDE, CA—A new Quebecor World retail web offset production facility could mean as many as 200 new jobs here, while strengthening the printing giant’s West Coast presence.

The new, 196,000-square-foot plant is part of Quebecor World’s strategic growth initiative for the mass production of retailers’ inserts and mailers. The company relished tapping into the Southern California market, which it says represents approximately 50 percent of the West Coast’s daily and Sunday newspaper circulation.

The latest in the line of Quebecor World Logistics consolidation facilities will account for 50,000 square feet of space there, creating a hub for future distribution plants.

“In conjunction with our other western retail facilities…Riverside will provide Quebecor World with the ability to service any retailer requiring circulation on the West Coast,” states David Boles, president of Quebecor World’s Retail and Sunday Magazine Group. “Combined with the rest of our national gravure and offset capabilities, our unparalleled network of retail plants allows us to maximize both production and distribution efficiencies for our customers.”

The Riverside plant will initially be equipped with seven web offset presses harvested from other Quebecor World facilities. Three presses are slated to start up in the fourth quarter, with the balance to be installed in the first quarter of 2003. Expansion there is also a possibility.

The addition of the consolidation facility will help augment Quebecor World’s distribution capabilities in Southern California and Arizona, says Dan Scapin, president of Quebecor World Logistics. “This state-of-the-art facility will utilize all of Quebecor World Logistics’ latest technology to provide our customers with time-definite delivery of mail, retail inserts, magazines, books and commercial products, and help maintain Quebecor World Logistics’ leadership in print distribution.”

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