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January 2002
Goss Withdraws Appeal
WESTMONT, IL—The Department of Commerce has determined that MAN Roland followed fair trade practices in the pricing of its newspaper presses. These preliminary findings come in light of a review of MAN Roland's sales to U.S. newspapers in 1999 and 2000. The U.S. Court of International Trade agreed to dismiss an appeal by Goss Graphic Systems, which had challenged the DOC's findings regarding a review of the 1998-1999 period. Goss had charged MAN Roland and several other worldwide manufacturers, including Koenig & Bauer and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with price dumping.


Crowson Stone Acquires Kohn
COLUMBIA, SC—Crowson Stone Printing has reached an agreement to purchase the sales and selected assets of fellow Columbia, SC, printer Kohn Print Group. The agreement, which sees Crowson Stone adding several key Kohn employees, is subject to approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Quad Unveils Paper Wrapper
PEWAUKEE, WI—Quad/Graphics has introduced a paper wrapper for the direct mail market that boasts features such as extensive versioning, single mailstream capabilities and a unique pocket configuration. The wrapper, which can also accommodate polywrap, is equipped with a finishing control system that allows the wrapper to selectively insert forms and deliver up to 9,999 versions of a mail piece in a single mailstream.

Eagle Presides at Graphics Show
MIAMI—Booker T, an American eagle rescued from the wild, makes a return engagement at the 27th annual Graphics of the Americas show, February 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. He will preside over the opening ceremonies, Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) banquet and the Printing Association of Florida booth on the show floor. Once infected with Avian Pox and unable to survive on his own, Booker T now resides at the Miami Museum of Science.

Workflow Closing Two Plants
PALM BEACH, FL—Print and office consumables outsourcer Workflow Management announced that it is closing two production facilities associated with direct mail. The company announced the moves in its revised fiscal 2002 guidance.

Vertis Nabs Sunday Insert Press
RIVERSIDE, CA—Advertising and marketing services specialist Vertis has installed a Heidelberg Sunday 3000i gapless blanket press for the newspaper insert advertising market at its facility here. The four-unit, single-web press has a 21˝ cutoff and a 66˝ web width. It prints up to 85,000 iph.

Bowne & Co. Reduces Workforce
NEW YORK CITY—With the capital markets ravaged following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Bowne & Co. announced it was planning to reduce its financial printing workforce by approximately 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2001.
 

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