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October 2003
Hibner Named CFO at Banta

MENASHA, WI—Geoffrey J. Hibner has been hired as the new Banta Corp. CFO. Hibner, 53, was most recently with Bridge Associates, a New York City-based management consulting firm. He succeeds current executive vice president and CFO Gerald A. Henseler, who will retire in October after a 37-year career with Banta.

Quebecor Joins USPS Program

MIDLAND, MI—Quebecor World's Midland facility has been authorized by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to participate in the new Periodical Co-palletization Program. The Quebecor World Midland facility is the second Quebecor World facility to obtain authorization for this program. Additionally, this is said to be the first facility in the industry to gain authorization for a site that co-palletizes mail manufactured at that location. Participation in this program results in additional postage discounts depending on drop ship penetration.

Alaniz Buys 18 Digital Presses

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA—Heidelberg has sold 18 Digimaster 9150i print systems to Alaniz LLC, based here, marking Heidelberg's largest sale to date of its highest-speed black-and-white digital press. The sale will bring to 24 the number of Digimaster 9150i presses at Alaniz. The company creates a broad range of direct mail pieces distributed by non-profit organizations, from personalized address labels and cards to personalized letters and notepads. Alaniz reportedly purchased the print systems based on the performance of the six Digimaster 9150i presses it has been using since earlier this year.

Lastra Merges Business Units

DANBURY, CT—Lastra America has merged its Western Lithotech and Lastra America operations into a single business unit, Lastra America. Lastra America products are marketed around the world in concert with other Lastra Group companies and a wide network of graphic arts distributors. "Creating a single organization under one, internationally recognized name will help to define our corporate culture and increase awareness of our position as a global manufacturer and marketer of printing products," notes Tom Saggiomo, CEO of Lastra America.

Ohio Firm Buys Speedmaster

CLEVELAND—The Great Lakes Companies has installed a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector press, which can print both sides of a piece in one pass, at speeds of 26,000 iph.

First Compacta 215 in U.S.

CARLSTADT, NJ—Unimac Graphics has purchased the first KBA Compacta 215 in the United States. Unimac Graphics, which boasts a staff of 230, produces flyers, direct mail, catalogs, brochures, point-of-purchase materials and financial research reports through to outdoor advertising or in-store signage. The new 16-page commercial web press is just the ticket for Unimac's low-volume, high-quality print runs.
 

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