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The San Diego Union-Tribune Cuts 178 Jobs in Printing, Delivery

Just five days after Tribune Publishing completed its purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the newspaper announced that it would be laying off 178 employees. According to the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing paid $85 million in cash and stock to buy the newspaper, along with eight community weeklies and related Websites from real estate developer Doug Manchester.

IDC: Worldwide Wide-Format Printer Shipments Show Slight Decline in Q1 of 2015

The International Data Corp. (IDC) reports that large-format printer shipments declined by less than -1 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2015, while revenue declined by almost -3 percent. "The first quarter got the year off to a strong start with key wide-format printing technologies like Latex, UV and Eco-solvent inkjet showing nice growth overall," said Phuong Hang, program director for IDC's Worldwide Large-format Printer Tracker.

DATAMATX Accepts Mail Technology Award at the 2015 National Postal Forum

Postmaster General Megan Brennan recognized DATAMATX at the National Postal Forum event in Anaheim, California, for its work in implementing best practices in postal optimization. The USPS annually awards companies for implementing best practices in two categories: Mail Innovation and Mail Technology.

Tom Duchene, President of TDMS Inc., Is Named 2015 Soderstrom Award Winner

On the evening before GRAPH EXPO 15, Tom Duchene of TDMS Inc. will be honored as the 55th Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient. This year’s gala event will be held in downtown Chicago. In addition to being president of TDMS Inc., Duchene is the current chairman of the Epicomm Board of Advisors.

4over’s Zarik Megerdichian Creates New Media Sharing Service, ArtArena

Announcing a brand new media sharing service called ArtArena where anyone can buy, sell and share media with fellow ArtArena members and guests. More than just a stock photography site, the new Website and app gives contributors 70 percent commission on everything they sell—the highest in the industry.

Colonial Printing Retires Two Presses, with New Komori Lithrone GL640 with H-UV

Colonial Printing, a commercial sheetfed printer and a division of Integrity Graphics, has installed a six-color Lithrone G40 (GL640) with H-UV at its Warwick, Rhode Island, facility. With the GL640's advanced automation and fast job cycle time, the company was able to retire two older presses after its installation.

Manroland Sheetfed Transplants Lower Energy Curing Into Roland Offset Presses

Providing less energy consumption along with a better profit margin, Manroland Sheetfed has introduced its Low Energy Curing (LEC) UV technology for Roland offset presses. LEC technology is built on a combination of special LEC UV lamps and highly reactive UV ink. It is designed for faster curing results and premium curing quality.

Canon Solutions America Named Top 'Company to Watch' at Inkjet Summit

The attendees of this year's Inkjet Summit in Ponte Vedra, Florida, named Canon Solutions America a top "Company to Watch." This prestigious award is given to a single organization each year during the Awards Dinner on the final night of the event. "We take great pride in this honor as it once again comes at a critical point in the evolution of inkjet," said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Large-Format Solutions and Production Print Solutions.

RIT Students Create a Handmade Letterpress to Join Historic Cary Collection

As part of their senior project, five engineering students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), made an aluminum hand-operated tabletop letterpress, weighing in at 25 pounds. Assembled using two Allen wrenches, the letterpress can produce high-quality and repeatable prints. It joins the esteemed collection of historic 19th century printing presses at RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

VITS Integrates Production Inkjet Finishing to New Sprint Saddle Stitcher Line

VITS International has introduced the new Sprint Saddle Line that collates variable data books, catalogs or direct mail and delivers them directly to an existing saddle stitcher. The Sprint Saddle Line is a double web, four-ribbon offline unit that can produce up to 16-page signatures at a time.

Air Motion Systems and KOMCAN Form LED UV and UV Curing Partnership for Canada

Air Motion Systems and KOMCAN, the agent for Komori in Ontario and Western Canada, have partnered to offer Air Motion Systems' LED UV and UV curing technologies to KOMCAN customers. "Canada has been a fantastic market for AMS for almost two decades. The adoption rate of LED UV in the sheetfed market has been key to the outstanding growth of our technology," said Steve Metcalf, president and CEO of Air Motion Systems.

Gold Ink Awards Entry: Hawaiian Airlines' Hana Hou! Magazine Stands Out with Color

Lithographix, in Hawthorne, California, submitted the October/November 2014 edition of Hana Hou! in the Specialty Magazines, Web, category of the Gold Ink Awards. What makes this magazine stand out are its vibrant colors and intriguing photography on the cover. The issue was printed on a six-color, 38" Mistubishi gapless heatset full-web press, for a press run of 135 million.

Happy Memorial Day to All of Our 'Today on PIworld' Readers!

To commemorate Memorial Day, the offices of Printing Impressions magazine will be closed on Monday. Please look for your next edition of the "Today on PIworld" e-newsletter—your daily resource for the latest printing industry news and commentary—in your inbox on Tuesday, May 26.