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CGX Acquires Sheetfed Plant

HAYWARD, CA—American Lithographers, part of Consolidated Graphics, has acquired the Bay Area commercial sheetfed operations of Lithographix. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our capacity and services to new and existing customers in the Northern California market,” says Joe Davis, chairman and CEO. “The Lithographix operations will be merged into our existing operations in Hayward, creating one of the largest, state-of-the-art, full-service printing companies in the area.”

Quad Wins Major Print Contract

SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics and Advance Magazine Group (AMG)—parent company of Conde Nast Publications, Fairchild Publications and the Golf Digest Companies—have entered into a multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreement for the printing of Architectural Digest, beginning with the November 2003 issue, as well as the continued production of popular magazine titles Lucky, Jane, Golf for Women and Golf World. The agreement builds on a five-year contract announced on July 1, 2003, awarding Quad/Graphics prepress for 23 high-profile AMG titles including Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair. Under a separate contract, Quad/Graphics also prints AMG title Wired.

Colorado Printing Buys 10-color

GRAND JUNCTION, CO—Colorado Printing, a commercial printer that specializes in high-end four- and eight-color work, plans to install a 10-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 perfecting press that was on display in the Heidelberg booth during GRAPH EXPO. Immediately following the show, the new press was shipped to Colorado Printing’s shop, and installation should be completed this month.

Champion Acquires Cox Assets

HUNTINGTON, WV—Champion Industries has purchased the assets of Cox Printing, Lexington, KY. Assets purchased include plates, negatives, electronic files and the customer list, along with all pertinent records pertaining to such assets. Champion paid an undisclosed amount of cash in the transaction. Cox produces a specialty magazine publication distributed throughout the southeastern portion of the United States.

RR Donnelley Gets SWOP OK

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