Publisher Announces Layoffs
KENT, WA—King County Publications gave notice to the state’s Employment Security Department that it would be ceasing operations and permanently laying off 109 employees, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. The layoffs will take place between June 29 and July 7. King County Publications was acquired last November, along with nine local newspapers, by Black Press of Victoria, British Columbia. In January, Black Press shut down another one of the newly acquired companies, the King County Journal, which employed 40.
Mod-Pac Obtains DDM
BLASDELL, NY—Mod-Pac Corp., which specializes in commercial printing and custom paperboard manufacturing, has acquired certain assets of Buffalo, NY-based DDM-Digital Imaging, Data Processing and Mailing Services, for $850,000 in cash. DDM provides program and database management, variable data digital printing, and mailing services for the financial, marketing, advertising, medical and legal industries. Its production equipment, technology capabilities and a number of employees in Buffalo will be relocated to Mod-Pac’s Blasdell facility.
Direct Group Acquires EMSi
PENNINGTON, NJ—Direct marketing services specialist Direct Group has acquired Enterprise Marketing Solutions (EMSi), a database marketing company that provides statistical modeling and analytics, data management, hosted database solutions and e-mail programs for the direct marketing industry. Piscataway, NJ-based EMSi creates tailored marketing solutions for clients in the insurance, telecommunications, cable and security industries.
ImageSet Digital Adds Gear
HOUSTON—A second HP Indigo 5000 digital press has been installed at ImageSet Digital, as well as a s2000 model. The printer also bolstered its wide-format digital printing arsenal with a new 64˝ HP Designjet 9000s printer. The Designjet, installed in March, allows ImageSet to begin offering outdoor signage and an expanded range of large-format products.
Quad Unveils New Med Clinic
MARTINSBURG, WV—Quad/Graphics held a grand opening recently to unveil its in-house medical clinic, QuadMed, at its 1.6 million-square-foot facility here, which houses 950 employees. Quad President and CEO Joel Quadracci told the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, MD, that the in-house clinics at the company’s larger plants have resulted in roughly 20 percent savings in health care costs, and 50 percent in savings for employees. Employees pay a $6 fee per office visit with no deductibles, according to the paper. QuadMed onsite clinics are designed to provide employees with convenient, affordable, high-quality health care in the workplace. The clinics provide primary care and specialty care services for eligible employees and their dependents.