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December 2002

Carolina Color Is Acquired

COLUMBIA, SC—Crowson Stone Printing has acquired Carolina Color Graphics of Charleston, SC. Crowson Stone acquired the assets of Carolina Color, including its manufacturing equipment and customer accounts. Crowson Stone's Charleston office will be relocated to the Carolina Color facility in North Charleston. The consolidated Charleston division will operate under the name Carolina Color Graphics. Ken Knight, the president of Carolina Color, will continue as general manager of the operation.

Bids Taken for 2004 Budget

WASHINGTON—The Bush administration has advertised for competitive bids to print four of the five volumes of the president's 2004 budget. The Congress' Government Printing Office—which has been the official printer since 1921—will still produce the largest volume, which requires specialized work, but must now join the open bidding process for the other four volumes. In May, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced that the administration would open up bidding to outside printers for executive branch printing work.

Von Hoffmann Names CFO

SAINT LOUIS—Von Hoffmann, a leading North American educational and commercial printer, has named Gary C. Wetzel as senior vice president and CFO. Prior to joining Von Hoffmann, Wetzel held the position of group vice president, finance and administration with Quebecor World. Previous to Quebecor World, Wetzel worked for Heidelberg Web Press.

Paramount Hosts Open House

BEAVERTON, OR—Paramount Graphics celebrated its latest expansion recently with an open house reception that attracted more than 275 print buyers and graphic arts executives. The event was centered on Paramount's new MAN Roland 700, a six-color model with an in-line double coating unit. The 41˝ press was installed last spring.

NPC Adds New Stitcher

CLAYSBURG, PA—NPC, a full-service, digital and printed document services provider, has expanded its saddle stitching capabilities with the installation of a Muller Martini Prima SB. The new addition is configured with six pockets, a cover folder feeder and an integrated ink-jet system. This new piece of equipment is part of an overall expansion of both its equipment and building.

Newspaper Buys New Press

KANSAS CITY, MO—The Kansas City Star, owned by the Knight-Ridder media group, is expanding its printing and color capabilities with two parallel KBA Commander press lines with a total of 216 couples, 36 towers, 40 reelstands and four folders. Installation is scheduled for early 2004.

Corporate Image Adds New Gear

DES MOINES, IA—Corporate Image recently installed a six-color, 40˝ MAN Roland 700, a 40˝ Fuji imagesetter, Rampage workflow software and a D&K 3215 laminator.
 

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