Check printer Harland Clarke is closing a pair of plants: one in Charlotte, NC, and one in Mounds View, MN, leaving 225 total people out of work, the Charlotte and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journals reported. The Charlotte facility, which employed 100, is slated to close its doors in late March. In Mounds View, where 125 are employed, the plant is set to be shut down by the end of this month.

CARY, NC— July 11, 2007—Cary Printing announced today that the company has been awarded the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), an international forest management certification. The certification is awarded to those organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management through environmentally, socially beneficial, and economically viable business practices. Only companies and organizations that have successfully completed an audit, by an independent and accredited certification body can claim certification. To pass the audit, a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists to provide the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality must be in place. “Cary

STAMFORD, CT—In an effort to turn around its lackluster performance, International Paper (IP) revealed a transformation plan that is designed to improve returns, strengthen the balance sheet and return cash to shareholders. The plan includes narrowing the company's portfolio to two key platform businesses—uncoated papers and industrial/consumer packaging—improving shareholder value via mill realignments in those businesses, and exploring strategic options that could entail selling or spinning off other businesses. Uncoated paper and packaging accounts for more than 70 percent of IP's sales. Among the IP assets being re-evaluated: IP's 50 percent stake in Carter Holt Harvey, the coated and supercalendered papers business (including the coated groundwood

By Erik Cagle How important is turnaround time in an on-demand, digital printing environment? Moreover, how critical is it to accommodate short-run finishing needs without outsourcing? Just ask Tom O'Brien, president of Greenville, NC-based AccuCopy, a digital printing operation with annual sales in the $10 million range. "We are in a fairly remote area, geographically," O'Brien says. "We couldn't afford the time it would take to send jobs out for finishing, given that they would have to travel several hundred miles to make it to the nearest trade bindery." AccuCopy, which is slated to move into a new 70,000-square-foot facility this spring, utilizes three Xerox DocuTech 6155s

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