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September 2003

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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