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>QUEBECOR TO BUILD NEVADA PLANT

Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM


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Quebecor Printing (USA) will build a 410,000-sq.-ft. printing plant on a 50-acre site in Fernley, NV. Cost of the new facility, which is expected to eventually employ 400 people, is estimated at $140 million.

The new plant will print retail newspaper inserts to be distributed throughout the Western states. "The location makes it an ideal manufacturing base," says James Dawson, Quebecor USA's president and CEO. "Fernley is a short distance from most of the West's population centers. These cities represent about 20 percent of the nation's population, and an important market for national and regional retailers."

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed and operational during 1998. Additional presses and related equipment and employees will be added in subsequent expansion phases, with the exact timing and employment numbers depending in part on market conditions.

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Quebecor Printing (USA) will build a 410,000-sq.-ft. printing plant on a 50-acre site in Fernley, NV. Cost of the new facility, which is expected to eventually employ 400 people, is estimated at $140 million.

The new plant will print retail newspaper inserts to be distributed throughout the Western states. "The location makes it an ideal manufacturing base," says James Dawson, Quebecor USA's president and CEO. "Fernley is a short distance from most of the West's population centers. These cities represent about 20 percent of the nation's population, and an important market for national and regional retailers."

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed and operational during 1998. Additional presses and related equipment and employees will be added in subsequent expansion phases, with the exact timing and employment numbers depending in part on market conditions.

Please refer to the photo on page 14 of the September 1997 American Printer.

XEIKON FILLS TOP POST

Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) named Paul Peyrebrune president of its North American subsidiary. Peyrebrune will oversee all the activities of Xeikon America's Chicago-based team.

Peyrebrune formerly served as director of operations, western region, for KBA Planeta, a German supplier of offset presses and printing equipment.

"I am looking forward to working with Xeikon's talented group of professionals, as well as its distribution partners," says Peyrebrune.

SAFELY CLEANING SHEET-FED PRESSES

NPES--The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing and Publishing Technologies has revised its booklet: "Safe Cleaning of Offset and Letterpress Printing Equipment." The new version features a discussion on safety procedures, a guide to preventing accidents and procedures for cleaning sheet-fed press systems.

"Approximately 80 percent of all pressroom injuries are to hands and fingers, often resulting from improper cleaning procedures," notes Regis J. Delmontagne, NPES president. "The new booklet provides easy-to-use illustrated guidelines to safe practices that can help prevent accidents and injuries in the pressroom."

Cost of the booklet is $2 for members; $3 for non-members. For more information, contact the NPES Publications Dept., 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

ROOSEVELT COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION

Mount Laurel, NJ, was the site of Roosevelt Paper's recent groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters facility. The new facility will occupy a 44-acre tract and encompass 462,849 sq. ft. Located in Philadelphia since its founding 65 years ago, the company will now be able to consolidate all of its Northeast operations under one roof. Construction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 1998.

UPDATED GRAPHIC ARTS SOURCEBOOK

The Printing Industries of America's Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS) recently published the 1997 Sourcebook for the Graphic Arts Industry. It features more than 1,700 worldwide listings of consultants, on-line databases, abstracting services, periodicals, 750 trade and professional associations and statistical data sources. Cost is $100 ($155 for nonmembers).

The 1996 Statistical Handbook for the Graphic Arts Industry also is available. This 700-page report features current statistics, trends, forecasts, analyses and informational reports. Cost is $134.50 ($174.50 for nonmembers). For more information, call (703) 519-8105.

SEQUA BUYS TECSequa Corp. (New York City) has reached an agreement with W. R. Grace & Co. under which Sequa will purchase TEC Systems, a manufacturer of dryers and environmental control equipment. Additional terms were not released.

Headquartered in De Pere, WI, TEC Systems is a supplier of air flotation drying systems, auxiliary web equipment and VOC emission control systems. Sequa's operations include Materials Equipment Graphiques (MEG) a French-based supplier of auxiliary equipment for web offset equipment.

CONSOLIDATED PAPERS BUYS REPAP

Consolidated Papers (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) recently announced that it will purchase Repap USA (Kimberly, WI), the holding company for Repap Wisconsin, Inc. and Repap Sales Corp. Consolidated Papers will pay $227 million in cash and assume $443 million in net debt and $14 million for postretirement benefits of the acquired companies. The sale is expected to close late in the third quarter of 1997.

"The Repap Wisconsin operations are less than 100 miles from our headquarters," notes Gorton Evans, president and CEO of Consolidated. "The products they produce are consistent with the type and quality of the coated papers we already make."

Repap Wisconsin has a capacity of 508,000 tons of coated paper annually, as well as an integrated groundwood pulp mill and a paper recycling facility. The company, which employs approximately 1,000 people, reported 1996 sales of $405 million and 1995 sales of $510 million.

SIMPSON SEEKS BUYER FOR COATED AND SPECIALTY PAPER UNIT

Simpson Paper Co. (Seattle) intends to sell its coated and specialty paper business. The company announced it is seeking a buyer for its coated and specialty paper business, including its coated and specialty business unit and mills located in Pasadena, TX; Gilman, VT; and Anderson, CA. A finishing facility in Burlington, IA, also will be sold. The mills, which employ approximately 1,500 people, produce coated papers, pulp, and specialty and security papers.

Colin Moseley, Simpson's chairman, says that the decision to exit these markets was prompted by a soft paper market. "Although we are seeing some signs of improvement, a recovery has been much slower than we had forecast, thus making it difficult for us to make further capital investments in our coated and specialty mills."

Simpson announced last year that it would sell its text and cover businesses and five mills. To date, four mills have sold, with the fifth in Pomona, CA, still on the market.

SAFETY-KLEEN EXPANDS RECYCLINGSafety-Kleen (Elgin, IL) has expanded its printing recycling and waste services to offer one-stop shopping. Services offered for the printing market include absorbent service, aerosol can reclamation, aqueous parts cleaner service, customer-owned machine parts cleaner service, empty waste drum disposal, fluorescent lamp recycling, industrial wiper service, hazardous and non-hazardous waste reclamation, oily water service, paint spray-gun and equipment cleaning, and waste water reclamation. For more information, call (800) 669-5503.

MULTICOLOR CREDENTIALING PROGRAM The National Council for Skill Standards in Graphic Communications (Kennebunk, ME) has appointed a technical working group and received funding to develop a National Press Operator's Multicolor Credentialing Program. The program will debut this fall.

Led by the Marshall Institute, an industrial test development facilitator/provider, and the National Council, the technical working group will develop examinations for testing expert level operating skills. The group includes educators, key industry managers, press equipment manufacturers and journey-level sheet-fed and web press operator/subject matter experts.

The four major financial contributors to the program are Robert Lindgren, president RAISE Foundation and executive director of the Printing Industries Assn. of Northern California; Hans Peetz-Larsen, president Heidelberg USA; Helgi Schmidt-Liermann, co-chief executive officer, MAN Roland; and Luc Vangerven, vice president, the Bayer Corp., Agfa, Div. In addition, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation donated a sheet-fed and web press library of textbooks and Second Sight Reports to help develop the credentialing exams.

Skills covered in the exams include applied math skills, statistical process control, communication skills, problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills. Operating functions will cover paper and press handling, ink and inking systems, dampening solutions and systems and press operations. Supporting functions will cover safety in the pressroom, preventive maintenance and quality control.

For more information, contact William H. Smith, National Council for Skill Standards, (207) 985-9898.

POLAROID, POLYCHROME INK PLATE PACT

Polaroid Graphics Imaging (Waltham, MA) announced a joint agreement with Polychrome whereby Polaroid will license exclusively certain of its instant lithography printing plate technology to Polychrome for manufacture, use and sale.

Under a previous agreement announced last year, Polychrome combined Polaroid's Dry Tech plate technology with is proprietary aluminum substrate structure to manufacture plates marketed and sold as Easy Print No-Processing Plates. Also under this agreement, Polaroid marketed and sold the plate technology as Dry Tech Express Instant Lithographic Plates.

According to the terms of the most recent agreement, Polaroid Graphics Imaging will complete the transition of its instant lithographic aluminum plate technology to Polychrome. Polychrome will then market the plate as Direct Print.

INTRODUCING GRAPHIX EAST

Where will you be June 25-27 in 1998? You may want to reserve these dates for Graphix East 98, a new show to be produced by Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC).

The show, which will be held in Philadelphia, will highlight offset, web, on-demand, digital prepress, converting options and postpress technologies. GASC predicts the show will occupy 50,000 sq. ft. and attract 12,000 attendees.

GASC currently manages Print/Converflex, Graph Expo, Midwest Graphics, the Charlotte Show and CONCEPPTS. For information, call (703) 264-7200 or write 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191.