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September 2003
Quebecor First in USPS Program

MONTREAL—Quebecor World's Trenton, NJ, Mailing Center has been authorized by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to participate in the new Periodical Co-palletization Program. Quebecor World reportedly is the first company to be granted authorization by the USPS for this new program. Participation in the program results in additional postage discounts for mail pieces that migrate from sack to pallet containers. Presently, Quebecor World's Trenton Mailing Center co-mails more than 80 publications and supplemental mailings.

Anderson Litho Names President

LOS ANGELES—Anderson Lithograph has appointed Mark Tennant to the position of president and general manager. Tennant, a 28-year veteran with Anderson Lithograph, has a variety of experience ranging from prepress to sales management. Tennant started his career as an apprentice in the color department, learning the trade from the ground floor, and eventually rose through the ranks to become director of the prepress department in 1991. He then moved into the position of vice president of business development.

Moore Wallace Profits Increase

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Moore Wallace says its consolidated second quarter profit rose 24 percent. The company recently reported earnings of $18.9 million, up from $15.3 million a year earlier. Moore Wallace was created in May with the combination of Canadian-based Moore Corp. and Wallace Computer Services, of Lisle, IL. Sales increased to $650 million from $499.8 million. Acquisition-related charges totaled $38.6 million.

Sandy Alexander Achieves ISO

CLIFTON, NJ—Sandy Alexander Inc. has received ISO 9001:2000 certification, a renewal of its original ISO 9002 registration that was received in 1997. This achievement is in addition to its previously attained ISO 14001 certification and reportedly continues to make Sandy Alexander one of the only commercial printing companies in the U.S. to have attained both ISO certifications.

Royal Buys Second iGen3 Press

ROCHESTER, NY—Royal Impressions has increased its color printing revenue by 15 percent during the past 12 months by using Xerox's DocuColor iGen3 digital production press. The printer's success spurred a decision to add a second DocuColor iGen3 to meet the growing demand for personalized, one-to-one marketing documents. One of the first customers to both test and purchase a DocuColor iGen3, Royal Impressions expects that the two iGen3s will increase its color output from 500,000 pages per month to more than 2 million within the next 12 months.

Banta Increases Fulfillment

APPLETON, WI—Construction has begun for a second new fulfillment services building for the Banta Corp. The 215,000-square-foot building will be about twice as large as the one it's replacing. About 120 employees will move to the plant when it is completed in approximately five months.

Worth Higgins Registers Quality

RICHMOND, VA—Worth Higgins & Associates is reportedly the first printer in the state of Virginia to register its quality management system to the new ISO 9001:2000 standard. The new certification standard is more customer focused, with an emphasis on employee involvement and continuous improvement.

Consolidated Reports Q1 Results

HOUSTON—Consolidated Graphics has announced results for its first quarter ended June 30, 2003. Revenues for the quarter were $165.8 million, compared to $166.1 million in the March quarter and $176.1 million a year ago. Net income for the June quarter was $3.6 million compared to a net loss of $29.1 million in the March quarter and a net loss of $69.3 million a year ago.

Bemis Drops Sale of MACtac

MINNEAPOLIS—Bemis Co. reportedly has dropped the planned sale of its adhesive label maker, MACtac, to UPM-Kymmene. Bemis officials said an opinion released recently in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois blocked the sale. The injunction had been sought by the U.S. Department of Justice, which had antitrust concerns. On April 15th, UPM-Kymmene received notice that the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice had filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the acquisition. The EU Commission and Canadian competition authorities had already approved the transaction.

Printer Is First Stitcher User

CRANSTON, RI—Colonial Printing is the site of the first Standard Horizon StitchLiner 5500 automated saddle stitching line installed in North America. The 22-employee printer recently moved into a new 20,000-square-foot facility.

New York Daily News Files Suit

NEW YORK—The New York Daily News has filed suit against Quebecor World for $6 million, accusing it of using poor quality paper for its Sunday supplement. The complaint, filed by the Daily News in New York State Supreme Court, accused Quebecor World of fraud, breach of contract and overcharging. The lawsuit said Quebecor "deceived and systematically overcharged" the tabloid by using inferior paper in printing the New York Daily News' Sunday "New York Vue" TV supplement during at least the first two years of a contract signed in May of 1997.

Donnelley Plant Is a Landmark

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley's Calumet plant has been granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Built in stages between 1912 and 1929, the facility once served as the headquarters of RR Donnelley. The 1.1 million-square-foot factory, also known as The Lakeside Press, was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and completed by Charles Klauder after Shaw's death. Donnelley closed the Calumet plant in 1993 after Sears, Roebuck & Co. discontinued its mail-order catalog. The facility was redeveloped in 1999 as the Lakeside Technology Center.
 

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