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August 2002

American Spirit Adds Capabilities

MINNEAPOLIS—American Spirit Graphics announced it has acquired Gage Lettershop Services of Howard Lake, MN. Gage will now operate as American Spirit Mailing. With the acquisition, American Spirit Graphics gains Gage's 50 multi-station inserters, personalization, poly and assorted specialty mailing formats. Operations will be integrated within American Spirit Graphics' four-facility, multi-state organization.

Sappi Names Top Printer Winners

BOSTON—Six submissions out of more than 3,500 were chosen as Gold Award winners in Sappi's North American Printer of the Year competition. The six printers—Quebecor World Acme (annual reports); Premier Press (books); E. John Schmitz & Sons (brochures); Toppan Printing America (catalogs); Quebecor World Graphique Couleur (magazines); and Belk Printing Technologies (general) will compete in the Sappi International Printer of the Year competition this October in Berlin. A North American printer will be chosen out of the six, and that printer will vie for international honors.

Von Hoffmann Adds Stacker

JEFFERSON CITY, MO—A new Muller Martini CB-16 compensating counter/stacker has been installed at Von Hoffmann Press' production facility here. The system can create compensated or non-compensated stacks of books at a rate of 18,000 cycles per hour.

Monroe Sold, Name Changed

ROCHESTER, NY—A group of local, private investors has purchased Monroe Graphics, its board of directors and retirement committee announced. The company's name has been changed to Evolution Impressions. The same management team and employees will continue to operate the company.

White Paper Studies USPS' Future

CHANHASSEN, MN—Printing, envelope conversion and mailing services specialist The Instant Web Companies has published a new white paper that examines what is being done to help the ailing U.S. Postal Service. The USPS is projecting a loss of $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2002 and expects mail volume to decrease by six billion pieces. The paper, "Building a Future for the U.S. Postal Service" is available for download at www.iwco.com/ resources/articles.html.

K/P Corp. Signs Fulfillment Pact

SAN RAMON, CA—K/P Corp. announced it has forged a partnership with SerCom Solutions in which SerCom will provide K/P fulfillment services for clients with overseas distribution needs. According to Rich Barbee, president and CEO of K/P Corp., the alliance is designed to attract more global clients.

Maple-Vail Acquires Book Sewer

YORK, PA—The Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group purchased a Muller Martini Ventura book sewing machine. The sewer produces at a rate of 200 cycles per minute. Maple-Vail manufactures casebound and paperback books.
 

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