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RR Donnelley will be closing its Gresham commercial printing plant, which is located east of Portland, later this summer, The Oregonian reported yesterday. The newspaper indicated that the Chicago-based company notified the state of Oregon with its intentions on Wednesday, in compliance with federal WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) regulations that require 60 days advance notice for facilities employing more than 100 workers.

Irwin Hodson Press, which recently took delivery of a 10-colour KBA Rapida 105 series UV perfecting press, since the beginning of May is also the first print company in the region to offer its customers climate-neutral products. For Irwin Hodson Press, this possibility was the logical next stage in its implementation of a comprehensive sustainability strategy. Long-term further development of the corporate environmental philosophy and the minimisation of climate impacts are placed firmly in the foreground.

Leading Media Print Group, created by the 2006 merger of Times Litho and Northwest Web, has gone under. The Times Litho plant, in Forest Grove, OR, dismissed 70 employees in November, according to the Portland Tribune.

Lee Sheds Commercial Assets DAVENPORT, IA—Lee Enterprises is divesting its standalone publishing and commercial printing operations in the Pacific Northwest and a twice-weekly newspaper in Oregon via asset sales to different buyers. The deals involve three buyers and were expected to be completed by early this month. The aggregate price of the Pacific Northwest properties (which include several Websites) is approximately $51 million. Three Printers Join Forces MARLBOROUGH, MA—Three independent printing firms—Pendleton Printers, Reservoir Printing and Apex Press—are being merged into a new company called Synergy Graphic Solutions. The company is owned by Doug Pendleton, president of his namesake company. Pendleton Printers and Apex Press will move

LOS ANGELES—Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A.) recently held a golf-themed open house here. Guests included clients and prospective customers representing commercial printers, trade shops and publishers from California, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. This was the first in a series of regional gatherings designed to give printers from each area of the country hands-on demonstrations of new developments in sheetfed perfecting technology, according to Randy Siver, business development manager. Billed as "Diamond in the Rough," the event coincided with the recent launch of Mitsubishi's new 40˝ convertible perfector. The Diamond 3000R Double Diamond press is available in up to 12 units (five-over-five

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