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December 2004
Ennis Acquires All Royal Stock

MIDLOTHIAN, TX—Printed business products specialist Ennis Inc. has acquired all of the stock of Arlington, TX-based Royal Business Forms for $3.7 million in Ennis stock. Royal Business Forms posted sales of $12 million for its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2004. Royal Business Forms opened its doors in 1959.

Dollco Purchases Roland 700s

OTTAWA—Dollco Printing, one of Canada's largest privately owned commercial printers, has acquired a pair of MAN Roland 700 presses, a five-color and a 10-color unit, to complement its sheetfed, heatset web and coldset press arsenal. Integrated into the installation are an in-line sheeter, coater and perfecting. Dollco has 300 employees and annual sales of C$50 million.

KBA Compacta Bound for Sprint

FORT WORTH, TX—Sheetfed and web printer Sprint Press has placed an order for a twin-web KBA Compacta 215 commercial web. The press, slated to be running by the end of 2005, will print 32-page, full-color products with two webs alongside 16-page copies featuring spot colors and coatings with one web. Sprint Press and Sprint Denver comprise the Sprint Group, with 2004 sales of $35 million.

Prodigy Orders First Komori 38S

BRAMPTON, ON—The first North American installation of a Komori System 38S web press goes to Prodigy Graphics Group, based in this Toronto suburb. Prodigy placed an order for the 16-page press during Graph Expo in Chicago. The press, which was first introduced at Drupa in May, will be delivered to Prodigy Graphics Group in 2005.

Donnelley Inks Long-term Deal

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has signed a multi-year contract with the New York Daily News to produce the newspaper's new weekly magazine, "25hours." Donnelley will print all 1.1 million copies of the four-color publication, which will focus on New York events, celebrities, society and style.

Hi-Liter Makes Assets Deal

BURLINGTON, WI—Hi-Liter Graphics has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Inland Press of Menomonee Falls, WI. That company will become a division of Hi-Liter, called Inland Book. Most Inland employees will be retained. Jim Lacy, president and owner of Inland, was named the executive vice president of the combined company. Hi-Liter Graphics President Craig Faust holds majority ownership.

Challenge Opts for Hybrid Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN—Challenge Printing was slated to receive a six-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press with hybrid UV coating and drying shortly following Graph Expo. The press was purchased off of the show floor. Challenge Printing initially decided on the press after seeing it at Drupa last May. The press joins an existing Rapida 105 and will help address the printer's growing capacity.
 

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