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April 2006

Artcraft Obtains Bowne Facility
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA—The Artcraft Co. has acquired The Vose Swain Engraving Co. of Boston from Bowne & Co., based in New York City. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. In conjunction with the deal, Artcraft also announced its complete shift to online print procurement.

Transcontinental Names CFO
MONTREAL—Transcontinental Inc. has appointed Benoit Huard to the position of vice president and CFO. Huard held the position on an interim basis prior to the appointment. He has 20 years of experience in senior positions related to financial management for companies including Quebecor Inc. and Avenor Inc.

New Web for Anderson
COMMERCE, CA—Anderson Lithograph, a member of the Cenveo network, has installed a six-color Mitsubishi Diamond 16 MAX-M single-web press. The press is equipped with a double-wide pinless combination folder and a pinless former folder. Able to produce 16-page signatures at speeds to 1,800 fpm, the new press employs metal-backed blankets and a mini-gap micro design.

Gans, 88, Founder of Gans Ink
LOS ANGELES—Bob Gans, 88, an old-school entrepreneur and showman who used hard work, wit and celebrities to hawk his company’s line of inks, passed away in February after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Gans founded Gans Ink in 1950, which has grown to a $25 million a year business. Among the marketing techniques that Mr. Gans used, perhaps the best known print ads came courtesy of his relationship with iconic model and actress, Jayne Mansfield. He is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Fire Strikes Nacci Printing
ALLENTOWN, PA—A fire broke out recently at Nacci Printing, a 32-year-old commercial printer, according to the Allentown Morning Call. No injuries were reported and the extent of the damage was not known. Frank Nacci, president of the company, did not return several phone calls seeking further comment.

National Mail Graphics Expands
EXTON, PA—National Mail Graphics has completed a $4 million expansion project that includes a 12,000-square-foot addition, as well as a new six-color, 28˝ Miyakoshi MVF 22K UV web press. The new press joins a pair of Didde half-webs for National Mail Graphics, which serves various markets including direct mail, pharmaceutical and insurance.

Hilltop Taps Another UV Press
INDIANAPOLIS—Hilltop Press is scheduled to install an eight-color, 40˝ Komori LS840 sheetfed press this month. It is the company’s third 40˝ UV press; a six-color Komori was acquired in 2005. Hilltop serves the manufacturing and retail sectors, producing items such as point-of-purchase danglers and wobblers.
 

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