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December 2001
Schmidt Acquires Rapid Reprint
BYRON, MN—Publishing industry solutions provider Schmidt announced that it has acquired Rapid Reprint, a quick turnaround article reprint production company based in White Bear Lake, MN. Schmidt, a web offset printer, specializes in the production of direct response vehicles such as magazine and direct mail inserts, as well as the production and distribution of card packs for the publishing industry.


Valassis Installs QTI Systems
DURHAM, NC—Valassis Communications has purchased a Ribbon Control System 4000 (RCS 4000) and a Register Guidance System V (RGS V) with ink guiding and phaser control for the second of its MAN Roland Lithoman presses. Both systems were purchased from QTI. It was the second time this year that Valassis had acquired both the RCS 4000 and RGS V controls.

Banta Corp., HP in Partnership
MENASHA, WI—Banta Corp. announced it has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, CA, to create a comprehensive enterprise publishing solution to help businesses streamline the capture, management, distribution and publishing of digital information. The venture sees Banta content management applications and print services married with HP's networking, consulting and digital printing technologies. The solution will reportedly allow companies to deliver accurately branded and up-to-date information on any device—local or remote—in the desired format.

ISO Certification for Omaha Print
OMAHA, NE—Omaha Print has been registered for ISO 9002 certification, which company officials say makes it the only printer in the state to receive the recognition. It is the fourth consecutive certification audit that Omaha Print has successfully completed since its original certification in 1996.

Concord Consolidates Facilities
CONCORD, NH—To reach its goal of increasing efficiency and moving to a 100 percent direct-to-plate workflow, Concord Litho Group announced it will consolidate its full-web Meriden, CT, facility and its Concord, NH, plant. The transfer of equipment from Meriden to Concord is expected by the spring of 2002.

Von Hoffmann Makes Investment
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Von Hoffmann Press is committed to the GMI ColorQuick system from Graphics Microsystems. The book printer has ordered a dozen more of the on-web closed-loop color control systems after having installed 12 this past spring. The company now has a total of 26 GMI ColorQuick systems.

Fujifilm Gives $1 Million in Relief
ELMSFORD, NY—Fujifilm announced it is donating $1 million to a number of organizations established to aid the victims and relief efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Among the organizations Fujifilm is targeting include the American Red Cross and The September 11th Fund.
 

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