Brown Printing will eliminate about 200 jobs across its network of plants, accounting for roughly 8 percent of its workforce, according to the Business Journal of McHenry County (IL). A representative of the printer told the newspaper that the move was prompted by dwindling orders from its customers.

WASECA, MN—Brown Printing has been awarded a $90 million-plus multi-year contract to produce the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) catalog and circular programs. The agreement builds upon an 18-year relationship between Brown and AAFES, which is a multi-channel retailer that offers products to authorized customers via catalog, retail stores and online. The programs include catalogs and a weekly circular offering 30,000 items to its customer base.

Brown Printing Co. today announced the expansion of their co-mail capacity and capabilities through a strategic vested partnership with ALG Worldwide Logistics and their sister company Print and Mailing Solutions (PAMS).

Though caution is key in what will most likely be a light ad market for certain portions of the publications segment, the powerful micro-publishing push and a moderate softening of paper prices should make 1999 one very vibrant year. BY MARIE RANOIA ALONSO Get out the sunglasses—the publications segment is glowing. Sure, the consolidation of titles and, in many cases, the shutdown of titles have impacted players in the publications printing market. But overall the continued strength of special-interest and trade titles, coupled with moderate paper pricing, is allowing the publications segment to virtually beam. Top 10 Publication Printers CompanySegmentSales(millions)Total Sales(millions)1R.R. Donnelley & SonsChicago$1,261.00$4,850.002Quebecor PrintingMontrea$1,009.20$3,480.003World

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