BLUE ASH, OH—Roughly two months after his family founded printing company went out of business following more than 100 years of operation, fourth-generation owner Tomme Rosenthal passed away at the age of 80. Mr. Rosenthal, who directed S. Rosenthal Printing Co. prior to retiring in the 1990s, died last Friday while in the care of Hospice of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The company was founded in 1868 and among its early jobs was the printing of scorecards for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, the paper noted. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Rosenthal took the helm of his family’s business in 1974, becoming president following the
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CINCINNATI—S. Rosenthal & Co., a once-proud franchise that traced its roots back to 1868 (when Andrew Johnson resided in the White House), limped to a lifeless halt in early April when both its Heritage Graphics plant in Portland, TN, and its corporate headquarters in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash, OH, were closed. In all, the company’s closing left nearly 300 employees without jobs. However, there were fewer than 50 employees remaining by the final day. Last fall, the company announced it would no longer print TV Guide after the venerable publication decided to switch from digest format to 8 1/2 x11” At the time, Rosenthal
CINCINNATI—The loss of a TV Guide printing account has cost S. Rosenthal & Co. $23 million in annual revenues, and will force the printer to reduce its workforce by about 120 people, according to the Cincinnati Post. Rosenthal, which had printed TV Guide for 50 years, relinquished the account because it has switched its format from digest size to 81⁄2x11˝. The Post quoted Rosenthal President and CEO Robert Slattery as saying his shop didn't have a press that could produce the larger format book, and he refused to invest upwards of $15 million in a new press when readers may not accept the new