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Mark Michelson is the Editor-in-Chief of Printing ImpressionsServing in this role since 1985, Michelson is an award-winning journalist and member of several industry honor societies. Reader feedback is always encouraged. Email mmichelson@napco.com

An early industry adopter of inkjet printing, Christine Soward has lead DMS ink's transition from a one-time lettershop to a leading data services, digital printing and fulfillment provider. Even broader business opportunities have been created by DMS' recent installation of full-color Océ ColorStream 3900 and Océ VarioPrint i300 production inkjet presses from Canon Solutions America.

FAIRBORN, OH—Transcontinental Inc. is selling its Transcontinental Miami Valley  printing plant to a company controlled by Ralph Pontillo. The transaction ensures the future of the plant, which specializes in insert printing for local retailers.

COHOES, NY—Mohawk Fine Papers has purchased the premium uncoated writing, text and cover brands from SMART Papers of Hamilton, OH. The purchase includes the Carnival, Passport, Genesis, Synergy, Pegasus, Magna Carta, Solutions, Feltweave, Nekoosa, Proterra, Skytone, and SMART Brights brands, and will reportedly make Mohawk the largest supplier of premium papers in North America.

WILLARD, OH—The city manager here told a local newspaper that RR Donnelley informed him there would be temporary and voluntary layoffs at its book printing plant. Willard City Manager Brian Humphress was contacted by the printer in late January, advising him of the job actions, the Norwalk Reflector reported.

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