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June 2006

Brower Acquires Marcom
MINNETONKA, MN—J.D. Brower In-vestment Group, which owns The PGI Companies, has acquired a majority interest in Marcom Services, or MarcomNordic. The deal creates a company with printing, packaging, direct mail and fulfillment capabilities. The companies will operate separately.

New Press for Motivating
FT. WORTH, TX—Motivating Graphics plans to begin installation of its new five-unit Goss Sunday 2000 web press in July. The 24-page press includes a Contiweb CS splicer, an Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls and a PCF 1.2 pinless combination folder. Motivating Graphics, which produces technical manuals, brochures and direct mail work, among other things, is also receiving a refurbished Sunday 2000 press system.

Openfirst Nets Digital Presses
MILWAUKEE—Openfirst, which services sectors including automotive, financial and manufacturing with printed marketing messages, has invested in 11 digital printing systems from Océ. The large order features nine Océ VarioStream 7550 and 7650 continuous high-speed printers, along with VarioStream 9210 and 9220 continuous feed duplex printers.

InnerWorkings Registers for IPO
CHICAGO—Print procurement solutions provider InnerWorkings has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering of common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not been determined.

Seiz Gets 12-color Capabilities
ATLANTA—Seiz Printing has added a 12-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfecting press, among other new gear, to its all-Heidelberg press arsenal. The printer also picked up a six-color Speedmaster CD 102 press with coater and Heidelberg’s off-line UV coating unit. The SM 102 is expected to increase productivity and capabilities.

Lester, Miller to Combine
ANAHEIM, CA—A pair of Southern California printers—Miller Graphics of Baldwin Park, CA, and Lester Lithograph, based here—have agreed to merge their operations. The company will operate as Lester Lithograph at its Anaheim facility. Rob Miller, president of Miller Graphics, will serve as CEO of Lester Lithograph. Larry Lester, formerly president of Lester Lithograph, becomes COO.

Changes at Transcontinental
MONTREAL—Transcontinental has combined its commercial printing and direct marketing facilities in the Toronto area. Equipment at Transcontinental O’Keefe Toronto will be transferred to the Transcontinental Direct Toronto facility by the end of September. As part of the consolidation, 23 employees were let go. The combined facility now has 225 employees.
 

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