HUNT VALLEY, MD—The Sheridan Group announced plans to consolidate the printing operations of two of its subsidiary publications businesses into a single facility. The printing operations of United Litho, located in Ashburn, VA, will be consolidated into Dartmouth Printing's facility in Hanover, NH. According to the Washington Business Journal, 80 jobs will be eliminated.
Danaher Buys EskoArtwork
GENT, BELGIUM—Danish investment group Axcel has come to terms with U.S. industrial company Danaher for the sale of 100 percent of the shares in EskoArtwork for a purchase price of about $470 million. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary approvals and is expected to take place in the first half of 2011. Upon closing, the business will become a part of Danaher's Product Identification platform.
IWCO Refocuses Fulfillment
CHANHASSEN, MN—IWCO Direct is refining its fulfillment services strategy to focus only on integrated fulfillment programs with components generated in-house. The company will begin to transition away from customer programs that require pick-and-pack fulfillment services with supplied components. Most of this business is currently managed through the Warminster, PA, facility, and about 50 employees there will be impacted.
Fort Orange Upgrades Facility
ALBANY, NY—With the installation of a six-color, 40˝ Komori sheetfed press with aqueous coater, Fort Orange Press has completed a $2 million investment in new equipment and facility enhancements designed to increase efficiency, output and customer convenience. The FSC-certified printer also added an Agfa N8-22 thermal platesetter, and is in the final stages of a complete redesign of its corporate offices.
Courier Garners Extension
NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA—Book manufacturer Courier Corp. has signed a multiyear book manufacturing agreement with Pearson Education, the world's largest educational publisher. The new agreement encompasses textbooks and components in both two- and four-color production. The partnership between Courier and Pearson spans nearly 50 years.