Mercury Print Productions Gets New Facility, Name
ROCHESTER, NY—No, Mercury Print Productions isn't entering the witness protection program. It is, however, changing its name and relocating its business to another area of its Rochester, NY, home city.
The company, which specializes in textbooks and educational materials, is being rechristened Mercury, An Innovation Solutions Co., according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The identity switch is accompanied by a consolidation of operations as it will funnel two plants into one 170,000-square-foot facility in Rochester Tech Park.
"I've always wanted to get into one facility for efficiency," Mercury CEO John Place told the newspaper.
The move begins next week and is expected to take up to three months to complete. The company has also added two presses: a Kodak Prosper 5000XL inkjet digital machine, which is already installed at the new digs, as well as a Heidelberg sheetfed press.
The company also spent about $600,000 on mailing equipment and hired a mailing manager as it aims to do less outsourcing, Place told the newspaper. In addition to the 10 new jobs that have been created, Place expects to add 10 or more other new employees as the company settles into its new location.
With the added capacity and capabilities, Place sees Mercury increasing its sales from the current $30 million per year mark to the $50 million plateau within a few years.
Taylor Corp. Owner Makes Forbes Billionaire List
MANKATO, MN—Glen Taylor, a businessman whose holdings including commercial printer Taylor Corp. and professional basketball team Minnesota Timberwolves, once again checked in as one of the top 1,000 billionaires in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
Taylor, a former state senator, once again cracked the "2014 Forbes Billionaires" ranking, checking in at 988 out of 1,645, with a net worth of $1.8 billion. He also made the list last year, checking in at 719 despite boasting a net worth of only $1.7 billion, according to The Free Press.
Former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sits atop the list with a net worth of $76 billion.
Quad Expands East Coast Commingling Center
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics Inc. is strengthening its direct marketing platform with a multimillion-dollar expansion of its East Coast commingling center in Westampton, NJ. The expansion includes six new letter sorters housed in newly-leased space that will enhance clients’ postal savings opportunities and mail delivery efficiencies.
“Given the recent exigent postal rate increase, marketers are more pressured than ever to find solutions to offset their total cost of production and distribution without having to cut into important sales and revenue-generation activities such as prospecting,” said Steve Jaeger, president of direct marketing for Quad/Graphics. “Direct mail remains one of the most effective channels for engaging consumers and driving response, and our expanded commingling platform helps marketers optimize delivery of this powerful print channel to achieve their business goals.”
The commingling process merges individual letter-size mail pieces from multiple clients into a single mailstream that qualifies for U.S. Postal Service presort discounts and dropship savings. The process appends mail pieces with an Intelligent Mail (IMb) barcode to qualify for the most advantageous postage rates while also giving marketers the ability to track their campaigns at the per-piece level. Quad/Graphics feels its commingling volumes drive maximum postal savings while speeding in-home delivery predictably and efficiently.
“Commingling makes sense for our clients,” Jaeger added. “Mailers who wouldn’t qualify for reduced postage because of the size of their mail file can realize sizable savings when part of our multimillion-piece pool.”
Quad/Graphics opened its East Coast commingling center in April 2013. To date, the center has been located within the company’s direct mail production facility in Westampton. The new center—a five-minute drive from the existing direct mail production facility—will start up next month and is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter.
Quad/Graphics’ East Coast commingling center is complemented by a Midwest commingling center in New Berlin, WI, just west of Milwaukee.
RR Donnelley Secures $250M Directory Pact
CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has been awarded a $250 million, multi-year agreement by Dex Media for directory production that renews and significantly expands the companies' relationship through 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, RR Donnelley will produce approximately 1,700 directory titles each year, totaling more than 87 million copies annually. In addition, approximately 200 titles, totaling more than 190,000 copies, will be produced on its digital platform.
Dex Media provides local, social and mobile marketing solutions to businesses in communities across the United States under the Dex One and SuperMedia brands. The company's consumer services include the DexKnows.com and Superpages.com online and mobile search portals and applications, and local print directories.
RR Donnelley has printed directories for Dex Media and its predecessor companies for approximately 25 years.
"Our specialized solutions and flexible production platform are designed to help publishers differentiate themselves and their advertisers, grow revenue and manage costs in a highly competitive environment," said Dan Knotts, RR Donnelley's COO.
Color Inkjet Web Press Bound for BR Printers
SAN JOSE, CA—BR Printers is set to install an HP T230 color inkjet web press and an HP Indigo 7600 digital press, which the company believes will effectively make it the only printer on the West Coast with the ability to print books in four-color inkjet. The presses will be installed by June 1.
The HP T230 inkjet prints up to 400 fpm color and mono, with 1,200 nozzles per inch native resolution. The HP T230 press supports a broad range of media compatibility, uncoated offset stock, ground wood, newsprint and printable media. Supported printable media weights range from 60 gsm up to 215 gsm.
“This is one of the most exciting days in the history of BR Printers,” said Adam DeMaestri, president of BR Printers. “With the installation of the HP T230 press, we will be the only book printer west of the Rockies with the ability to print books in four color inkjet. This is going to give our clients a distinct competitive advantage in terms of time to market, reduced shipping rates and lower costs on high-quality digitally printed books.”
BR Printers also has production facilities in Independence, KY, and East Windsor, NJ. The company's product portfolio includes self-publishing solutions, print-on-demand, short run publications, Web-to-print, rebinds and other digital printing solutions.
RPM Solutions Group Closing After 30 Years
ROSEDALE, MD—RPM Solutions, which reached a peak of $9 million in sales in 2008, closed its doors in February, unable to withstand the economic downturn and changes in the printing industry, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.
The business was founded in Joe Cavey's basement in 1984, and he worked with his brother, Robert, to build the staff up to 60 employees. The printer had just 20 workers remaining at the time of its closure.
According to the Business Journal, RPM Solutions lost a pair of major clients in recent years: T. Rowe Price Group, which brought its printing in-house, and Erickson Retirement Communities.
Joe Cavey let his salespeople take their accounts with them, and plans to auction off RPM's machinery, the newspaper reported.