Alliance for National Platform
GARDENA, CA—Southwest Offset Printing (SOP) has formed a strategic alliance with two regional print partners—Freeport Press of Freeport, OH, and Democrat Printing & Lithography of Little Rock, AR—to manufacture the inaugural issue of Help Me Rent Magazine (HMRM), which launches in 32 cities in July. The agreement also provides an enhanced platform for each company to build a national account presence.
New Prosper for Mercury Print
ROCHESTER, NY—Mercury Print Productions, which specializes in digital book printing for publishers in the education market, has begun installation of a Kodak Prosper 5000XL inkjet press. The press will boost its ability to produce short-run and on-demand books in color, meeting publishers' needs in the textbook market.
Digital Press Installed at Rider
CHICAGO—Rider Dickerson recently purchased a new HP Indigo 7500 digital press. The purchase came in response to the growing demand for variable data and quick turnaround times on high-quality digital printing. Designed for high-volume production, the press can reportedly print up to 120 A4 pages per minute in full color.
Printers Strike Agreement
ALBANY, NY—Sheetfed printer Fort Orange Press and The Pressroom, specializing in digital printing, have formed a strategic alliance to consolidate their offset printing operations in the Fort Orange Press facility here while maintaining digital production at The Pressroom's location in Ballston Spa, NY. The alliance expands the capabilities of both organizations while creating efficiencies in resources and generating cost savings for both companies.
Canadian Shop Closes Doors
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—Less than a month after being placed in receivership, the Printcrafters Group of Cos. is closing its doors, leaving more than 125 employees out of work, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. The printer reportedly owes nearly C$10 million to banks, financial institutions and unsecured creditors, including Xerox at C$2 million.