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Roger Perry: Web Offset Pioneer
WATERLOO, WI—Roger L. Perry, 78, who transformed his father’s newspaper publishing business into a bustling commercial printer of magazines, catalogs and advertising, died April 14. Mr. Perry purchased an interest in his father’s firm, Perry Printing, in 1956. He updated his father’s antiquated letterpress with a web offset press, a bold move at the time, but Mr. Perry saw a trend toward higher quality, larger volume and increased color reproduction capability. He sold full ownership of the company to Journal Communications in 1974, but remained there until 1990, when he retired as chairman and CEO of Perry Printing and as a vice president of Journal Communications.

Goss Presses Anti-dumping Suit
WESTMONT, IL—Goss Graphic Systems received some good news on its anti-dumping suit against its largest competitors when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa rejected the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. In the suit, Goss accuses foreign press manufacturers MAN Roland, Koenig & Bauer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, and their U.S. subsidiaries, of violating the Anti-dumping Act of 1916, by improperly selling their products to the U.S. market at prices significantly lower than the prices charged abroad. Goss claims the dumping suppressed prices in the U.S. press market.

Valassis Merges Two Divisions
LIVONIA, MI—Valassis announced that it has organized its divisions to better reflect its mass, cluster-targeted and one-to-one media services, resulting in the merger of Valassis Impact Promotions (VIP) and Targeted Marketing Services (TMS). Mary Ann Rivers will head the newly formed division.

Ripon Expands Its Bindery
RIPON, WI—New equipment and systems will complement a 4,300-square-foot addition to Ripon Community Printers, the company announced. Ground was broken February 5 on the addition, which will give Ripon a total of 210,000 square feet. Highlighting the new equipment to be added is a Muller Martini Prima SB Model 390 saddle stitcher, which has 10 pockets with cover feeder and features inside/outside ink-jet and selective capability. The unit will give Ripon five saddle stitchers in all, while a fourth Prism ink-jet controller is also slated. The company also plans to replace its baler system and relocate its shipping area.

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