Gary Davis

MIAMI—St. Ives U.S. Division has completed a $4 million-plus expansion at its Avanti commercial printing plant here. With the expansion, the company was able to add a 38˝ Heidelberg (Goss) M-600 single-web press with a JF-50 folder, as well as realign and upgrade its bindery operation. By adding the press alone, St. Ives Avanti will be able to add a dozen new jobs, and expects other positions to become available with expanded business, according to Gary Davis, executive vice president and general manager. "Since 9/11, there has been very little capital investment in commercial printing operations in South Florida, where several printers have closed their

Lewis Henderson has been named general manager of K/P Corp.'s Kent, WA-based mailing and fulfillment facility. Henderson brings 15 years of experience in fulfillment, marketing and management to his new position. He started at K/P in 1988 and most recently served as vice president of fulfillment services at its San Leandro, CA, facility. Rod Bristol has been awarded the Ascender Award for the Northwest region by the Alliance of Consultants & Educators for the Printing Industry. Winners of the Ascender Award exhibit superior business practices and go above and beyond to share their knowledge and experience with industry peers. Bristol is the owner of Sudden

BY ERIK CAGLE It has been said by many a merger and acquisition prognosticator that modern-day deals need to do more than bring aboard added sales dollars. Today's deals need a reason to exist. Long before the September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent retaliatory strikes, the economy had been in a sustained, downward spiral. The Federal Reserve's slicing of interest rates has registered barely a blip on the radar screen. It doesn't take a newspaper or even an industry magazine to realize that there is a recessional fear and a disturbing degree of uncertainty gripping the nation. Not surprisingly, any merger or acquisition

Sara Lindsey is the new marketing coordinator for Visual Systems, Milwaukee. Loretta Nichols has been named chairwomen of Printing Industries Association of the Heartland. Nichols is president and owner of L&J Sharpgraphics, Kansas City, MO. She is the first woman to lead the association in its 114-year history. Other individuals elected to officer positions include: Eddy Watkins, owner of Watkins Lithographic, as vice chairman; Rick Seymour, general manager of Nationwide Papers, as treasurer; and Bill Carroll, owner of ArtCraft Printing, as secretary. Michael S. Wurst, president of Henry Wurst Inc., is immediate past chairman. Those elected to serve a three-year term on the board of

CLEVELAND—St. Ives/ Perlmuter Printing, having completed its name change to St. Ives, has broken ground on a $12 million expansion project. The expansion provides for 20 percent more space and will house a new web press and a state-of-the-art stitcher. Purchased three years ago by London-based St. Ives plc, Perlmuter officials say they were sensitive to changing their name in the local market. Established in 1917, the Perlmuter family provided a long legacy of printing services to customers in the Cleveland area, and nationally as well. "We are pleased to introduce the St. Ives organization to the Cleveland market," says Wayne R. Angstrom, president and CEO

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