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CERRITOS, CA—An employee of Apperson Print Resources here was trapped for nearly an hour early Thursday when his arm was crushed in a printing press, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

At Graph Expo, Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) donated a Kodak Approval NX digital color imaging system to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). David Hohman has been appointed vice president and general manager of Rycoline, a manufacturer of printing supplies based in Chicago. Rycoline was recently acquired by Sun Chemical. Hohman has been with Sun Chemical for 13 years, serving in operations management. John Strottner has joined Akiyama International as regional sales manager. He will be based at the company's Cerritos, CA, headquarters. Baldwin Technology announced that Mark Becker and Gerald Nathe were re-elected to the company's board of directors. Also, Takayuki Miyaoku was elected as

DAYTON, OH—Crabar/Witt, based here, has purchased the assets of GBF Graphics, Skokie, IL, along with GBF's Arrow Business Forms & Labels, Emergency Forms & Graphics and GenForms & Labels. Crabar/Witt is a leading supplier to distributors for printed products, which include custom cut sheets, 50˝ jumbo rolls, continuous forms and snap-out forms. Crabar/Witt manufactures short-, medium- and long-run order sizes. The acquisition will allow Crabar/Witt to provide direct mail, integrated labels, variable data, digital on-demand printing and a varied combination of complex forms solutions. As a result of the acquisition, Crabar/Witt will add $50 million in revenues, giving Crabar/Witt the ability to serve its customers

CERRITOS, CA—Penn Litho, a $40 million heatset web and sheetfed printing company, is embarking on a $3 million expansion. The printer is adding fulfillment and mailing capabilities, as a result of growing demand for fulfillment services by clients. The mailing facility, which opened in January, contains two new Scitex 5240 ink-jet addressing systems with dryers and duplex capability. The mailing capabilities are currently being housed in Penn Litho's existing plant, but will move to the new fulfillment center in the future. The fulfillment center will include warehousing, inventory management, pick and pack, customized kitting, direct mail services and digital printing. The new, 65,000-square-foot facility will

Nearly a decade of economic recession has made life hard for a number of California printers. No surprise considering that many clients moved away from a tough economy and took their business with them, while others underwent reorganization. Most of the rest slashed budgets just to survive. Despite this difficult period, Cerritos, CA-based Penn Lithographics has thrived, exhibiting measurable growth in quantity and quality, while positioning itself as an important regional competitor. The question, of course, is, "How?" On the Offensive"At a time when many printers reduced or eliminated promotions and ignored growth possibilities, we did exactly the opposite," explains Penn President Bob Howington. "We

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