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April 2003

Coastal Graphics Expands Plant

VERO BEACH, FL—Coastal Graphics has aggressive expansion plans this year to market its 25th year in business. The expansion will include the installation of what it claims is the area's first six-color Heidelberg MOS-H press. The finishing operations will be retooled and the equipment upgraded in order to provide a full-service bindery. The new bindery will include a 45˝ Seypa 115 PMC paper cutter, a 20˝ MBO folder and a six-pocket Muller Martini Minuteman saddle stitcher.

Quad Earns Printer of the Year

PEWAUKEE, WI—For the fourth consecutive year, Quad/Graphics has earned distinction as Time Inc.'s Weekly Magazine Printer of the Year. Quad/Graphics' plant in The Rock, GA, earned the honor for exceptional weekly production of Sports Illustrated, People, Time and Entertainment Weekly during 2002.

NY Governor Gets Award

NEW YORK—New York Governor George E. Pataki will be the recipient of the 51st annual Franklin Award for Distinguished Service. The award, presented by the Association of Graphic Communications (AGC), recognizes the outstanding achievements of world leaders and dedicated Americans. Pataki will receive the award on May 15 as part of the 2003 annual Franklin Event.

Printer Signs Strategic Alliance

TORONTO—Embassy Graphics has formalized a strategic alliance with Hong Kong-based Midas Printing's book division. The alliance is aimed at providing unique benefits to North American customers requiring overseas book printing. As part of the agreement, Embassy Graphics has become the exclusive sales and service agent for Midas Printing throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, Embassy Graphics will perform all of the digital prepress services in North America, transmitting approved computer-to-plate files and digital press proofs to Midas printing plants in Asia.

NAPL and SSPP Form Alliance

PARAMUS, NJ—The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and The Society for Service Professionals in Printing (SSPP) have formed a new alliance. SSPP, the only membership organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the customer service professional in the printing industry, will provide customer service information and training to NAPL's members.

Donnelley Acquires MLI

CHICAGO—R.R. Donnelley announced that it has acquired Momentum Logistics Inc. (MLI), a Florida-based provider of package distribution services in the Southeastern United States, for approximately $17 million. MLI's revenues were approximately $60 million in 2002. MLI operates sortation facilities and a dedicated fleet of vehicles to provide business-to-business and business-to-consumer package distribution services. In the business-to-consumer segment, MLI leverages the United States Postal Service (USPS) for last mile delivery to the home.
 

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