Donnelley Lobbies Washington CHICAGO—RR Donnelley plunked down $485,044 during 2007 to lobby the federal government on environmental policy issues, according to an Associated Press report. The information was posted online by the U.S. Senate’s public records office. Under federal law, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. Tech Valley Closes Its Doors WATERVLIET, NY—Citing economic difficulties, Tech Valley Printing notified the New York State Department of Labor that it was laying off 50 workers, then closed its doors on February 8. According to the Schenectdady (NY) Daily Gazette, the printer had been active in the
ACWORTH, GA—The Elanders Group of Mölnlycke, Sweden, has acquired Seiz Printing, based here, for $3 million. The deal provides Elanders with North American production capacity. Former partners Charlie, Ed and Bill Seiz will remain with the company. Seiz Printing, which has 60 employees, posts annual revenue of $14 million.
Valassis, ADVO Settle, Merge LIVONIA, MI—After several months of acrimony, Valassis and ADVO have decided to patch their differences and merge. The sides have dropped their chancery court case and will move under one roof via a renegotiated $1.2 billion deal, at $33 per share for the outstanding common shares of ADVO stock. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007. Bowne Buys St Ives Financial NEW YORK—Bowne & Co. is acquiring St Ives Financial, the financial printing division of St Ives plc. Terms of the deal were not revealed. St Ives, which is keeping its annual report printing business, has financial printing
ACWORTH, GA—Seiz Printing has tapped Darren Gapen as its new president. Gapen has more than a quarter century of industry experience, including a total of 12 years spent working for two leading printing companies, Williamson Printing of Dallas and Bradley Printing of Des Plaines, IL. In addition, he worked at Heidelberg for almost 10 years and served as a troubleshooter for various printing companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. As operations manager for a start-up specialty folding carton company, he played a key role in achieving more than $6 million in sales within two years. Most recently, he served as president of
ACWORTH, GA—December, 2006—Seiz Printing announced that Darren Gapen has been named as its new president. The move is aimed at giving Seiz customers the best product, customer service, at the most competitive prices. With Clients that demand the best in print services such as Diamler Chrysler, Lufthansa, Cingular and Shaw Industries Seiz Printing continues its drive toward providing excellence in print services. In his new role, Gapen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company as well as the management of sales. “One look at Darren’s track record explains why we’re so excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience he’s bringing to our
LOCATED IN Acworth, GA, just outside the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, Seiz Printing resides in a renovated thread mill that was originally constructed in 1905. Steeped in Southern tradition and hospitality, the highly successful, family owned business has been serving corporate clients, advertising firms and graphic design houses in the Atlanta area for more than 34 years. Recently, the company set its sights on becoming one of the top high-end commercial print shops in the nation and increasing its revenues from approximately $15 million per year to the $20 million to $25 million range. The shop’s latest installation of equipment represents the first step
S. Rosenthal Closes Doors CINCINNATI—S. Rosenthal & Co., a publication and catalog printer that dated back to 1868, perished in April with the demise of its Portland, TN, facility, Heritage Graphics. About 300 people lost their jobs. The company, ranked 117th on the 2005 PI 400 with $47 million in annual sales, never recovered from the loss of its TV Guide printing account. Weyerhaeuser Mulls Move FEDERAL WAY, WA—Weyerhaeuser Co. is considering alternatives for its fine paper business, including a possible sale. The company did confirm it is “in active discussion with several parties,” though it would not guarantee a sale of the fine paper business. Unique Press