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MAN Roland’s Asmann Killed

KEY WEST, FL—Bruno Asmann, 37, lead product manager for MAN Roland, was killed in a plane crash July 30. Mr. Asmann was traveling with four skydiving companions when the Cessna 172 went down shortly after takeoff from Key West International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. A native of South Africa, he is survived by a wife and two children.

Whitmore, Reese Combine

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Whitmore Print & Imaging has acquired certain assets of Baltimore-based Reese Press. Whitmore Print & Imaging is a $10 million company with locations here and in Millersville, MD. Reese Press had attained $3.5 million in annual sales.

EGT Embarks on Expansion Plan

MADISON HEIGHTS, MI—A $4 million expansion initiative by The EGT Group will include a 7,200-square-foot building to house mailing and fulfillment operations. In addition, EGT has purchased a four-color, 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 with in-line aqueous coating and perfecting capabilities. Also included in the acquisitions are two Heidelberg Stahlfolders.

Superior Acquires Roland XXL

LOS ANGELES—Superior Lithographics chose not to wait for PRINT 05. MAN Roland’s booth centerpiece, the 64˝, six-color Roland 900 XXL press with coater, has been purchased by Superior Lithographics, for installation this month. Superior has used wide-format Roland technology for 18 years. The printer provides, among other things, litho sheets for point-of-sale displays ranging from counter size to eight feet tall.

AMPRINT Joins Allied Printing

MANCHESTER, CT—Allied Printing Services signed a definitive agreement to acquire AMPRINT, located in Holliston, MA. According to John Sommers, president of Allied, the deal enables his company to better serve its Boston-area/New England customers with access to web and eight-color sheetfed presses.

Antique Presses to Be Auctioned

ELIZABETH, NJ—Printing presses, some dating before the Civil War era, are being offered by American Graphic Arts (AGA). Buyers can own a Hoe Washington for $7,500 or plunk down $35,000 for a Columbia. These presses are being initially offered at set prices, then any unsold items will be offered via eBay auctions beginning October 7. For detailed information and a full listing of smaller tabletop printing equipment, visit www.agamachinery.com/antiquepresses.

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