MILWAUKEE—The community newspapers and shoppers subsidiary of Journal Communications has agreed to sell its publishing and printing assets in Vermont, Connecticut and Ohio. The sales price for these assets, including an earlier sale of Louisiana-based holdings, is roughly $30 million. Journal Community Publishing Group signed definitive agreements to sell its Connecticut and Vermont clusters to Hersam Acorn Community Publishing. The operations being sold consist of two printing facilities, 11 community newspapers and five shoppers. The Connecticut operations do business under the names Trumbull Printing and Hometown Publications. In a separate deal, Journal Publishing sold its central Ohio advertiser network that consists of a commercial printing business—Advantage

THE GULF COAST—It was, in the words of Ed Chalifoux, a tale of two cities in and around New Orleans. Neither story offered a happy conclusion. Chalifoux, the Printing Industry Association of the South's (PIAS) president, embarked on a 2,000-mile drive to visit members in the Mississippi cities of Jackson and Biloxi, and Louisiana cities including Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Big Easy offered a Jekyll and Hyde perspective. "...in the western section of New Orleans, I saw green grass, businesses open and people returning to their homes—a community trying to get back to normalcy," Chalifoux wrote in a letter to PIAS members. "Normal is

NEW ORLEANS—As the Gulf Coast continues to rebuild in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the printing industry—like much of the country—is doing whatever it can to ease the hardships experienced by the displaced citizens. For example, Xerox has pledged $2 million in cash and technical assistance. During PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, Böwe Bell + Howell and Komori Corp., among others, announced donations and employee matching funds for relief groups such as the American Red Cross. The Graphic Arts Show Co. also sought charitable contributions from show attendees. According to Ed Chalifoux, president of the Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS)—which covers

by chris bauer The printing industry is packed with interesting and creative people. And it isn't just inside the pressroom or prepress department that graphic arts professionals shine. Outside of the print shop, things seem to get even more exciting. As a follow-up to our September 2002 article, PI found more members of the printing fraternity with unusual and interesting hobbies. Here are the tales of what some of your contemporaries like to do after the lights in the plant go dark. Winfield Padgett Padgett Printing Although an interest in golf has become as common as starched-white shirts for many business executives, Win

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