Visant Corp.

June 1, 2008

Adam Garwolinski has been promoted to pressroom foreman with the recent installation of a fourth Komori press at Elk Grove Village, IL-based Quality Color Graphics. Dalim Software Users Organization—which offers an unbiased collaborative channel of communications between Dalim Software users, staff and resellers—has elected new officers at the 2008 North American Dalim Software Users Organization (DUO) Annual Meeting at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Brent Kantola, prepress manager at Rogers Printing, and Stephen White, specialist, Integrated Manufacturing, at Vertis Communications, were elected president and vice president, respectively. Thomas Kern, former director of operations for Transcontinental Direct’s facility in

Visant Acquires Phoenix Color
March 1, 2008

ARMONK, NY—Visant Corp., headquartered here, has agreed to pay $219 million to acquire Phoenix Color of Hagerstown, MD. A book component manufacturer serving the professional reference and education segments, Phoenix Color will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Visant. The all-cash deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, was expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter. “(Phoenix Color’s) outstanding facilities...stand to further strengthen the efficiency and flexibility of our book component production platform, providing significant value to both companies’ publishing customers,” said Marc Reisch, CEO of Visant, in a statement. Visant is a marketing and publishing services

Visant Makes Deal for Phoenix Color
February 15, 2008

ARMONK, NY—Visant Corp., headquartered here, has agreed to pay $219 million to acquire Phoenix Color of Hagerstown, MD. A book component manufacturer serving the professional reference and education segments, Phoenix Color will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Visant. Phoenix Color also has a facility in Rockaway, NJ. The all-cash deal, which is subject…

The 2007 Printing Impressions 400
December 1, 2007

The 2012 Printing Impressions 400 list of the largest printing companies in the United States and Canada as ranked by annual sales.

August 1, 2007

IWCO Direct Changes Hands CHANHASSEN, MN—Marketing specialist IWCO Direct is changing hands, with Avista Capital Partners acquiring a controlling interest in the company from Court Square Capital Partners. The transaction does not impact day-to-day operations. IWCO Direct’s executive management team will retain their shares in the company and continue to lead it. Donnelley Sheds Old Names CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has unified its printing and related services offerings under the single RR Donnelley brand. Moore Wallace, Moore Canada, Moore Response Marketing, Moore (in Latin America), OfficeTiger and the company’s network of North American commercial printing facilities have been rebranded as RR Donnelley. Rechristening for PIA New York AMHERST, NY—The

Visant Reportedly Ponders Strategic Options
July 9, 2007

ARMONK, NY—Visant Inc. could be on the block. Reuters reported a source as saying the company, held by the private equity firm of Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (KKR), has engaged Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse to explore its strategic options, including a possible sale. According to the report, KKR will also be advised as to a possible initial public offering (IPO) of its stock or a recapitalization. The marketing and publishing firm’s holdings include Lehigh Press and Visual Systems Inc. (VSI)—the latter acquired this past spring—both of which specialize in the production of textbook components. Visant also acquired yearbook producer Jostens and Arcade Marketing, which makes

Visant Obtains Book Component Specialist VSI
June 18, 2007

ARMONK, NY—Visant Corp. has acquired Milwaukee-based Visual Systems (VSI), a supplier of overhead transparencies and book components. Visant purchased all of the outstanding stock of VSI.The results of VSI will be reported under Vistant’s marketing and publishing services segment. VSI ranked 247th on the 2006 Printing Impressions 400 with sales of $20 million.“The acquisition of…

ACROSS the nation
June 1, 2007

Prepress and Press Capabilities Are Enhanced THREE RIVERS, MI—DeGraaf’x Inc. has streamlined its workflow with a new five-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 52 perfector and Prosetter P 52 platesetter, as well as several elements of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow system, including Signa Station, Printready System and MetaDimension. Marek Dives Into Digital WAUKESHA, WI—Tamara Marek, president, and Fuzzy Marek, CEO, purchased a new Kodak Digimaster EX138 system, a NexPress 2500 press and NexGlosser glossing unit for their printing operation, The Marek Group. The digital technology was installed to help the company handle its expanding Web- to-print business. CALIFORNIA CARLSBAD—L + L Printers installed

March 1, 2007

Neenah to Obtain Fox River ALPHARETTA, GA—Neenah Paper has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Fox Valley, which owns Fox River Paper. Terms of the deal, which had been expected to close in the first quarter, were not revealed. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is pending approval by Fox River shareholders. Neenah Paper will bolster its fine papers offering with Fox River brands that include Starwhite, Sundance, Esse and Oxford. Cadmus Nabs LN Printing RICHMOND, VA—On the heels of its acquisition by Cenveo Inc., Cadmus Communications has entered into an agreement to obtain LexisNexis’ conventional printing operations in Charlottesville, VA, and its digital

Lehigh Workers Opt to Unionize
February 16, 2007

PENNSAUKEN, NJ—Employees at Lehigh Press, including prepress, pressroom and finishing workers, voted 95-37 on February 1 to join the Graphic Communications Conference International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 14-M, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lehigh is owned by Visant Corp. of Armonk, NY. First acquired by Von Hoffmann Corp. in 2003, Lehigh joined the Visant family…