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Year in Review -- 2005 All About Bob

December 2005
By Erik Cagle

Senior Editor

It is virtually impossible to ignore the impact Robert (Bob) Burton had on the printing industry in 2005. Given his relentless pursuit of two companies this past year, it was almost a given that Burton would enter 2006 at the helm of some printing business.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. In the final analysis, 2005 will be viewed as a year marked by triumph, tragedy and transactions, not to mention some unexpected twists and turns. Which fits us to a T. While the news wasn't always positive, a silver lining—a moral or a lesson could usually be found. Here's a snapshot glance of the past 12 months.

Joel Quadracci, son of Quad/Graphics founder Harry V. Quadracci, was named president and COO of the company starting the first of this year. Thomas Quadracci retained his CEO status, but added the chairman's post.

A sad chapter in printing history was finally closed when electrician Daniel Pelosi was found guilty of second degree murder in the 2001 slaying of Ted Ammon, the former non-executive chairman of the then-Moore Corp. The trial took eight weeks in late January, and Pelosi was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Drama Unfolds on TV

Later in the year, Lifetime channel aired a tele-movie portraying the often stormy relationship between Ammon and his wife, Generosa. She married Pelosi three months following her ex-husband's murder, but that marriage didn't last long. Shortly after separating from Pelosi, Generosa Ammon died of breast cancer in 2003.

Eastman Kodak drew a lot of whistles with the announcement that not only was it buying out Sun Chemical's 50 percent share of Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) for $817 million, but it would also shell out $980 million for Creo Inc. The latter deal ended Burton's quest to take control of Creo, but it wasn't the last time the printing industry would hear from Burton in 2005.

In the industry's largest acquisition in 2005, Consolidated Graphics acquired a former competitor, Kelmscott Communications, for an undisclosed figure. The seven-company Kelmscott chain, which had reported sales of $110 million, was ranked 53rd on the 2004 Printing Impressions 400.

In a sign of things to come, Cenveo Inc. announced that Paul Reilly, its chairman, president and CEO, had resigned but would remain until the company found his successor. And even then, little had been settled.

Brown Printing, the pride of Waseca, MN, was brimming with the news that it had approved a 150,000-square-foot expansion project that would take three years and $55 million to accomplish. Before the year was out, Tom Engdahl—its president and CEO—would be inducted into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame.
 

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