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May 2003

Vertis Consolidates Wide Format

BALTIMORE—Vertis has integrated its West Coast large format and East Coast outdoor advertising production capabilities to increase responsiveness to client needs. MasterVu, a provider of billboards and outdoor advertising products in New York, will combine its capabilities with Vertis' Irvine, CA, facility, which delivers high quality large and grand format products such as trade show graphics. The consolidated production capabilities will allow Vertis to provide large and grand format services coast-to-coast.

Lehigh Renames Digital Arm

CHICAGO—Lehigh Press has introduced Lehigh Digital, the new identity for Lehigh Press Colortronics, its digital production and data management facility servicing the educational marketplace. "We're very excited to announce our new name, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to the future." comments Fred Tochterman, vice president and general manager of Lehigh Digital. "Forthcoming services such as CD and DVD production, as well as variable data printing, have innumerable benefits for our clients."

Quad Is Printer of the Year

HARTFORD, WI—Quad/Graphics' plant, located here, has been named Newsweek's Printer of the Year for 2002. The coveted achievement marks the 18th consecutive year a Quad/Graphics facility has earned the distinction. Newsweek judges its printers on nine key criteria: quality, paper waste on covers, paper waste on current forms, turnaround time from the last file to the first book, time needed to produce the first 100,000 books, bindery speeds, press speeds, bindery books per hour, and service and support.

Call for Dillard Nominations

WEST CHESTER, PA—The Graphic Arts Sales Foundation is currently accepting letters of nomination for the annual John Dillard Sales Manager of the Year Award. The award was initiated in 1993 to recognize a sales manager in the graphic arts industry who demonstrates outstanding success in the development of sales representatives and customers. The award is named after the late John Dillard, a life-long supporter of graphic arts education and the former chairman of Dillard Paper Co. The award is available to printing and non-printing companies operating in the graphic arts industry. For more information, call (610) 431-9780.

Donnelley Streamlines Workflow

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley is now offering a fully integrated, platform-wide digital workflow and standardized file format (PDF/X-1a) to magazine publishers and catalogers that utilize the offset process. The solution provides offset customers with an opportunity to create a complete print production and advertising management workflow based on industry standard technology. Customers are able to transmit files for print to a central site, then view, proof and approve print-ready files online. In addition, Donnelley has integrated an ad management tool for publishers called AdSpring.
 

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