Upfront 2-01February 2001
NPG Divests Display Division
MILWAUKEE—NorthStar Print Group has divested its display division in order to strengthen its strategic focus on growing its core label business. The company's large-format sheetfed operation in Milwaukee was sold to Kubin-Nicholson, another Milwaukee-based printer serving the same markets.
Wicklander Enters Card Market
CHICAGO—Wicklander Printing has created a plastics affiliate, Trivista Plastics. The company, slated to go into full operation in May, will offer a complete plastic and paper printing solution, as well as fulfillment services. Robert Anderson, a 25-year printing industry veteran, has been named president of the company. Trivista will boast an expansive prepress area with full digital capabilities and direct-to-plate technology.
Clinton Signs 2001 GPO Funds
WASHINGTON—Outgoing President Bill Clinton signed into law the Government Printing Office appropriations of slightly more than $99 million for fiscal year 2001. This represents a nearly 4 percent decrease from the $103 million that was approved for fiscal year 2000. GPO appropriations have declined 13 percent in the past five years.
Ward Leaves R.R. Donnelley
CHICAGO—R.R. Donnelley & Sons reports Jonathan P. Ward has resigned as president of the company to become president and CEO of ServiceMaster. William L. Davis, who has served as chairman and CEO since 1997, will assume the role of president. Ward joined R.R. Donnelley in 1977 and held a number of sales and operations posts prior to becoming president in 1997. In other company news, Donnelley announced that it expects year 2000 earnings per share to be lower than previously anticipated. Donnelley lowered the range to $2.15 to $2.20 per share, from the high $2.20s to lower $2.30s. These ranges include a 6 cent one-time gain disclosed in the third quarter of 2000. The company attributes the majority of the shortfall from previous expectations for its logistics business, R.R. Donnelley Logistics, which experienced higher outsourced transportation and fuel costs, as well as higher costs to meet service commitments.
PI 400 Clarification
Subsequent to staff editor Caroline Miller's article, "Catalogs: Riding the e-Wave," that appeared in the December 2000 Printing Impressions 400 issue, a qualifying statement needs to be made. Our ranking of the Top 10 Catalog Printers was based solely on the data received directly from those companies listed. As a result, some of these segment sales figures may be somewhat misleading. It has come to our attention that some commercial print media service companies internally combine advertising inserts for the retail market with their catalog business. It is, and was, the intent of Printing Impressions to report exclusively on the catalog market, not the catalog and retail insert businesses combined. Therefore, our Top 10 Catalog Printers ranking was not in the correct order. Catalogs are a standalone business in the industry, and the largest U.S. supplier is Quebecor World. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.