New Book Production Facility
LaVERGNE, TN—Lightning Source, a provider of on-demand book manufacturing and distribution solutions for the book industry, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Lehigh County, PA. The new plant is slated to house 16 black-and-white presses, 10 web offset color presses and five sheetfed presses to go with 12 binding lines. The new center will be Lightning’s second U.S. installation and third worldwide. Aside from its headquarters in this suburban Nashville town, Lightning Source also has a London-based manufacturing operation.
Teamsters Target Cenveo
WASHINGTON, DC—Citing what it terms “deep cuts in healthcare benefits and worker protections” for Cenveo employees, Teamster workers in five major U.S. cities leafleted a number of the printer’s major retail accounts, including Starbucks and Ann Taylor, with literature condemning Cenveo employee treatment. Teamster members handed out leaflets in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, St. Louis and Los Angeles, among other cities, the union said in a release.
FL Conditions Chase Genesis
GREENVILLE, SC—Citing high taxes and insurance, along with a lack of skilled workers and recruiting issues, Genesis Press decided to close its Hialeah Gardens, FL, headquarters and move to Greenville, SC, according to the Miami Herald. CEO Larry Kudevitz told the paper that his book and catalog printing business will close its Florida operations between April and June. Genesis Press, which generates $15 million in annual sales, will save $1 million in administrative costs just by moving, the Herald reported.
Standard Register Closes Plant
DAYTON, OH—In an effort to align its supply chain with market opportunities and customer needs, Standard Register has decided to close its Middlebury, VT, facility and transfer equipment and production operations to three other plants. The Middlebury operation, which opened in 1965 and employs 112, will continue to perform limited operation through March. Middlebury’s equipment will be shifted to plants in Murfreesboro, TN; York, PA; and Fayetteville, AR.