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February 2003
Quad Opens Regional Center

SAN FRANCISCO—Quad/Graphics plans to open its newest regional imaging service center here next month. The new center, located in the China Basin area on the east side of the San Francisco peninsula, will become the 16th site in Quad/Graphics' imaging network of regional service centers, customer service centers, processing centers and print centers. The San Francisco site will offer clients face-to-face customer service and on-site color management and output services.

Banta Boosts Fulfillment Centers

MENASHA, WI—Banta Corp. will open a fourth packaging and fulfillment operation in the Fox Cities. The 210,000-square-foot facility, now under construction, is being developed by Warehouse Specialists and leased to Banta. Approximately 40 new positions will be created, 20 to 25 positions at facility start-up, with additional positions added as the workload increases.

Wallace Appoints Sales VP

LISLE IL—Wallace Computer Services has appointed Don Marchant, 50, to the position of vice president of commercial print for the Midwest. Marchant is now responsible for all sales functions, as well as managing regional account executives and customer service representatives to meet customers' needs. Marchant has more than 25 years of sales experience in the commercial printingindustry.

Arandell Mfg. VP Wins Award

PARAMUS, NJ—David Knoff, vice president of manufacturing for Arandell Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI, recently received the inaugural Pressroom Operations Manager of the Year Award from the R&E Council of NAPL. The award, to be bestowed annually, was created to recognize a pressroom manager with a proven record of providing outstanding service for customers and creating value for his or her company.

Creo Moves U.S. Headquarters

VANCOUVER—Creo Inc., based here, has relocated its headquarters for North, South and Central America to a 90,000-square-foot facility outside of Boston. The facility will house the entire executive, sales and marketing, training and customer service team, as well as a 7,500-square-foot demo center.

Donnelley Receives Award

CHICAGO—R.R. Donnelley has received the 2002 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Bureau's Chicago and Northern Illinois chapter. R.R. Donnelley was recognized for demonstrating ethical practices toward customers, suppliers, co-workers and the community. An independent panel of judges from business and academia selected R.R. Donnelley as one of the winners in the large company (more than 7,500 employees) category. R.R. Donnelley, as well as the other local Better Business Bureau award recipients, will receive a nomination to the international competition for the Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Rhodes Printing Is Acquired

NEW YORK—The Windward Group, a private investment firm, has purchased Rhodes Printing Group, of Charlestown, IN. Rhodes prints advertising inserts for newspapers. It will be combined with Houston-based AdPlex, which provides a variety of advertising, planning and marketing services to retailers. Carl Rhodes, former co-owner of Rhodes Printing, will remain with the new company and will be based in Charlestown. He will serve as vice chairman of the new company and will focus on new business development.

Gretag Imaging Faces Problems

REGENSDORF, SWITZERLAND—The board of directors and the executive committee of Gretag Imaging Holding AG have found, during in-depth analysis and preparation for the planned restructuring of the Gretag Imaging Group, that the over-indebtedness after implementation was inevitable. As a consequence, the board of Gretag Imaging Holding AG has decided that it is no longer possible to justify continuing business as a group of companies. A solution is being sought to save those parts within the company, in particular Gretag Imaging AG, which could continue to operate.

Consolidation for Delphax

MINNEAPOLIS—Delphax Technologies plans to consolidate its North American manufacturing and engineering operations at its Mississauga, Ontario, facility located outside of Toronto. The operations are currently divided between Delphax's headquarters location in Minnetonka, MN, and the Mississauga facility, which the company acquired last December. The company's worldwide headquarters and sales, marketing and customer service functions will continue to be based in Minnetonka.

Quad Signs Long-term Contracts

PEWAUKEE, WI—Quad/Graphics ended the year 2002 having secured a total of $1 billion in new and renewed long-term contracts, the company reports. Among the publishers and catalogers with whom Quad/Graphics signed multi-year contracts in 2002 were Time Inc., U.S. News & World Report, Rodale Inc., Coldwater Creek, Smithsonian, Meredith Corp., Pottery Barn Kids and Orvis. In November, the printer began production on the January 2003 issue of one of the world's best-recognized magazines, National Geographic, using brand new equipment in its Martinsburg, WV, plant.

Leadership Changes at Van Son

MINEOLA, NY—Van Son has appointed Robert Speijer as president of Van Son Holland Ink of America. Van Son's most recent president, Joe Bendowski, after 40 years with the company, has decided to change his responsibilities within the company and begin his transition toward retirement. Speijer comes to Van Son with over 20 years of experience in management and marketing at the international level. In addition, John Sammis, as general manager, has been given overall responsibility for national sales of offset inks in America.
 

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