The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) plans to close its regional printing plant here this month and contract the printing of its newspaper, along with the weekly Barron’s, to The Des Moines Register, that paper reported. The current WSJ plant, which employs 25 people, produced editions for a four-state area.

ARLINGTON, VA—Print Buyers and PCPI will host their eighth annual Print Oasis 2009 Print Buyers Conference & Exhibit ( on May 17-19, 2009, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. This year’s conference will provide educational programming featuring actionable advice from top print buying pros focusing on "Beyond Surviving, Thriving with Print in Tough Times."

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley will close the former Spencer Press in Wells, ME, and its Hillside, IL, facility as the company continues to deal with the dismal economy. A total of 488 jobs will be lost, including 370 at Spencer Press, a catalog and direct marketing printer. The Spencer plant will close by mid-June, with staggered layoffs. Employees at both facilities will receive severance packages.

ARLINGTON — This letter was sent out by Belo VP William H. May Jr. informing customers of Belo's decision to shut down its printing facility in Arlington. The Arlington facility printed college newspapers, supermarket circulars, junk mail, and other second-tier jobs. As of April, all printing will take place in Plano.

ARLINGTON, TX—The Imaging Bureau, a 29-employee shop based here that handles film output, ink-jet posters, digital and commercial printing, currently rents a 10,000-square-foot space. By the end of the year, however, that's all going to change if Brian Walden gets his way. "Our plan is to build a 50,000-square-foot building in Arlington that will include the new web press and require hiring 15 to 20 additional employees," says Walden, who started the company as a one-man operation eight years ago. The firm, which already runs a five-color Heidelberg sheetfed press, plans to add an eight-unit Heidelberg M-110 with double folder and UV coater.

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