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June 2006
S. Rosenthal Closes Doors
CINCINNATI—S. Rosenthal & Co., a publication and catalog printer that dated back to 1868, perished in April with the demise of its Portland, TN, facility, Heritage Graphics. About 300 people lost their jobs. The company, ranked 117th on the 2005 PI 400 with $47 million in annual sales, never recovered from the loss of its TV Guide printing account.

Weyerhaeuser Mulls Move
FEDERAL WAY, WA—Weyerhaeuser Co. is considering alternatives for its fine paper business, including a possible sale. The company did confirm it is “in active discussion with several parties,” though it would not guarantee a sale of the fine paper business.

Unique Press for Japs-Olson
ST. LOUIS PARK, MN—The world’s first Goss Sunday 2000 web press equipped to complete four-color job changes without stopping for a makeready is being installed by Japs-Olson. The 24-page, single-web press will include eight Goss automatic transfer (AT) printing units, providing on-the-fly print transfer. With the press printing, operators will be able to complete a makeready for a new job on four idle units, then bring those units on impression while simultaneously taking the four units printing the previous job off impression.

EarthColor Closes Plant
HORSEHEADS, NY—The former Elmira Litho, acquired by EarthColor last November, has been shuttered by its new owner, according to the Elmira Star-Gazette. The move left 53 workers without jobs. The Elmira plant operated three shifts five days per week, providing web printing and digital asset management (DAM), among other products and services. EarthColor has facilities in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Arizona, as well as Toronto.

Senate Health Week a Bust
WASHINGTON, DC—The so-called ‘Health Week’ came and went without the Senate passing any bills. Mike Enzi (R-WY) had sponsored a small business health insurance bill that would have allowed small companies to band, across multiple states, and vie for better health insurance rates—which would greatly benefit the commercial printing industry. Democrats rejected it, according to the Associated Press, because it exempted the small business plans from many state-mandated health benefits.

Quebecor World Elevates Lucas
MONTREAL—Embattled printing giant Quebecor World has named new president and CEO Wes Lucas to its board of directors, less than a week after taking the helm of the company. Prior to his May 11 appointment, Lucas served as chairman, president and CEO of Sun Chemical, a leading producer of printing industry inks and pigments. The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Quebecor World will cut a total of 756 jobs in 2006 because of poor results from its commercial printing operations.
 

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