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May 2003
Workflow Management Gets CEO

PALM BEACH, FL—Gary W. Ampulski has been appointed president and CEO of Workflow Management. Ampulski brings to the position strong financial performance and hands-on experience in printing systems and services. Most recently he served as president and CEO of TAB Products, Vernon Hills, IL, a publicly held company. There he reportedly improved operating results, enhanced the management team, reduced costs and increased shareholder value by more than 175 percent in less than two years.

California Printers Merge

WATSONVILLE, CA—ColorAd Printers and Watsonville Press have joined forces to form PRINTWORX, which offers digital prepress, proofing and printing options. The new company has installed an HP-Indigo 3000 digital press, notes Kevin Cardona, director of operations. "This enables us to provide short-run color digital printing, on-demand services and personalization." PRINTWORX has also doubled its printing equipment capacity, strengthened its staff and expanded its outside sales force to encompass the central coast of California.

WI Printer Gets ISO Certification

STEVENS POINT, WI—Worzalla, an employee-owned book manufacturer, has received ISO 9002 certification at its Jefferson Street manufacturing plant and its West Pearl Street fulfillment facility. The company also plans to upgrade to the ISO 9001:2000 standard by the end of 2003.

PBM Graphics Refinances

DURHAM, NC—Fleet Capital, one of the nation's largest asset-based lenders, will provide a $20 million revolving credit facility to PBM Graphics. With facilities in North Carolina and South Dakota, PBM is a full-service printing firm offering color printed products, as well as multimedia, ad specialty and design services. The asset-based credit facility will be used to refinance existing debt. The company will also use Fleet's cash management services and its lockbox network.

First Heatset DICOweb User

BERN, SWITZERLAND—Stämpfli has become the first printing facility to commercially run the heatset version of MAN Roland's plate-free DICOweb press. The 16-page press enables the shop to produce runs as short as 500 to 3,000 copies. Among the applications being targeted by the printer are segmented press runs to better reach targeted groups and to allow late closings (up to one hour before run time) of advertising or editorial pages in publications.

K/P Corp. Relocates Operations

SAN RAMON, CA—K/P Corp. is planning to relocate its employees and print manufacturing equipment from its Milpitas, CA, operation to its facilities in San Leandro and Sacramento, CA. The Milpitas location will be used as a dedicated warehouse to provide much-needed storage space for K/P's customer base.
 

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