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Holtz to Speak at WOA Event
WASHINGTON, DC—Legendary college football coach Lou Holtz, who led Notre Dame to gridiron glory, has been tabbed by the Web Offset Association (WOA) as its keynote speaker for the 49th annual spring conference held here May 6 to May 9. Holtz, currently head coach for the University of South Carolina, is considered one of the finest motivational speakers in America. He has also authored two best-selling books. The theme for the conference is “Knowledge for Today…Opportunities for Tomorrow.” The program will consist of general and concurrent sessions with topics including business management, print process control, technology, self-development and e-space tracks, along with tutorials.

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.

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