Transcontinental Closing Plant
MONTREAL—Transcontinental announced it will close its Winnipeg, Manitoba, printing plant next March, costing the jobs of more than 150 employees. Production of flyers, catalogs and inserts for retail chains will be transferred to facilities in Calgary, Alberta, and Brampton, Ontario. A number of employees will be offered jobs at other Transcontinental locations while others will receive severance payments and outplacement counseling. The closing represents another blow to commercial printing in the Canadian city. The Winnipeg Sun noted that a former Moore Corp. plant in Winnipeg closed in December of 2003.
Walsworth Acquires Webco
MARCELINE, MO—Walsworth Publishing has obtained the assets of Webco Printing, of Omaha, NE, for an undisclosed amount of money. A select group of former Webco employees have been hired by Walsworth, which intends to maintain the Omaha facility. The plant was expected to be fully operational by this month.
Chicagoland Printers Merge
BROADVIEW, IL—Chicago-area printers Rapid Impressions and Commercial Lithographers have agreed to merge. The combination creates well-rounded manufacturing capabilities, with Rapid Impressions' sheetfed capabilities complementing Commercial Lithographers' niche offerings, including digital printing. Ray Kosowski, president of Commercial Lithographers, is the uncle of Jim Kosowski, vice president of Rapid Impressions.
Rotoman Bound for Lane Press
BURLINGTON, VT—Publication printer Lane Press has placed an order for a four-unit MAN Roland Rotoman web press to be installed next April. The 16-page press features a new single-chopper combination folder rated at 65,000 iph. Lane Press services the association, business-to-business, consumer, regional and scholastic publications markets.
JM&M Services Adds Binder
BENSENVILLE, IL—Binding and specialty packaging provider JM&M Services has installed a Muller Martini AmigoPlus perfect binder. The AmigoPlus can be run by a single operator and can produce at the adjustable rate of 300 to 1,500 cycles per hour.
Arandell Corp. Receives Award
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI—Direct mail catalog and marketing materials specialist Arandell Corp. has received Orion's Environmental Stewardship Award for the energy-efficient lighting project in its 425,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company expects to save 1.78 million kilowatt hours annually and 35.7 million over the sustainable life of the lighting fixtures. The project is being managed and supplied by Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, WI.
- Gilbert J. Hatch