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QW Taps Akeroyd for Post
MONTREAL—Kevin Akeroyd has been appointed president of Quebecor World’s Targeted Direct Marketing division, which is part of the company’s multi-channel marketing solution. Most recently, Akeroyd served as CEO of GalleryPlayer, which specializes in HD digital content services. His resume includes a 10-year hitch with RR Donnelley in its direct marketing and premedia groups.

Transcontinental Ups Capacity
MONTREAL—Transcontinental Printing tapped MAN Roland to provide three Colorman XXL newspaper web presses to produce the San Francisco Chronicle and other products in its new San Francisco Bay-area plant (site plans of which are still being finalized.) The presses will be installed in 2008 and are slated to go live in 2009.

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.

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