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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Lowe-Martin Group has collaborated with Canada Post again, this time printing commemorative envelopes to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. 

Lowe-Martin printed 8,000 170mm by 155mm envelopes with an image of the conference of delegates on the steps of the Government in Charlottetown. The images used are from the public archives and records of P.E.I. 
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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
B.L. Litho, a sheetfed commercial print shop with a history going back decades, filed for bankruptcy on September 5, only to have the company bought and relaunched a few days later, PrintCAN has learned. 

New owner Stephane Marcil said B.L. Litho ran into  financial difficulty and was forced to shutter its doors and lay off its 45 employees. Marcil, whose brother-in-law works at B.L. Litho, came in and bought the company in its entirety, though he hasn't yet taken possession of all the equipment. He expects that to happen in a couple of weeks. "I was at the right place at the right time," said Marcil. "I approached [former owner] Richard Beaulieu, we talked and established a good relationship." >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Printing giant R.R. Donnelley & Sons is facing the necessity of re-engineering its business in the face of stalling print revenues. Its plan is to take on the market for printed electronic components and reduce its dependency on traditional. The Wall Street Journal recently took an in-depth look at the changing business model of this 150-year old company’s. Donnelley operates nine plants in Canada. Read it all at the source>> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
There's a big jump in shipments this period but the news is a little too good to be true as sales in most of the country remain flat. The big difference accounting for the jump is that Stats Canada is now tracking Alberta shipments again, after an extended absence.

Shipments
(in millions)
2014 2013 % Change
February  $592.8 $547.4 8.3
March 650.4 592.5 9.7
April 652.7 623.0 4.7
May 665.6 627.5 6.0

Year-to-date shipping numbers for 2014 are $3.15 billion. That's a 7.7% jump from the $2.93 posted for the same period in 2013. >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
A new Canada Post stamp has been issued to mark the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The Lowe-Martin Group—based in Ottawa, printed the stamp called the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Permanent using lithography in six colours. The stamp was designed by Adrian Shum and Mike Grandmaison, and measures 40 mm x 40 mm. Pick them up today.

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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Color-Logic—developer of the process metallic colour system— has named former AGFA and Ernest Green & Sons employee Parker MacDonald as its sales representative for Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces.
 
Sales and marketing director Mark Geeves said that Parker would enable Color-Logic to better serve the eastern Canadian market. Parker’s experience in the Canadian graphics art market is extensive and includes the offset, flexographic, wide format and sign industry.
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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
C.J. Graphics Inc, CEO and president Jay Mandarino hosted a fundraiser at C.J. Skateboard Park and School, his non-for-profit organization— along with CIBC and Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC).

CEO Jay Mandarino takes part in the festivities. Photo by Ian Kelso, Etobicoke Guardian

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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Transcontinental is posting higher profitability in the third quarter. As revenues increased by 1.9% in the third quarter to $500.0 million from $490.7 million at the same time last year, its net earnings rose to $44.2 million from $30.1 million.

The improvements are mostly due to the company’s recent acquisitions: Capri Packaging and Sun Media Corporations’ weekly newspapers in Quebec, as well as new agreements in two operating sectors. However, the company quoted a softer advertising market, which affected revenue growth.

Adjusted earnings rose 11% to $58.3 million from $52.5 million due to the contribution from acquisitions, new printing and distribution agreements, and company-wide optimization of its cost structure and its printing platform. >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Prodigy Graphics has donated $12,000 to Evangel Hall Mission (EHM) a charity group that helps homeless individuals get off the streets. The president of the trade shop, Gordon McCauley, presented the money to EHM on July 29.


(left to right) Bob Price, Drop-In Manager EHM; Gordon McCauley, President Prodigy Graphics; Joseph Taylor, Executive Director EHM; Jo Ann Hislop, Director of Programs EHM. >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
R.P. Graphics and Rhino Print Solutions have entered into strategic alliance, the two companies announced Monday. There's two components to the deal: R.P. will buy Rhino's Toronto location, and also establish an alliance with Rhino's locations in Vancouver and Calgary—which are not included in the purchase—to provide printing services to national accounts. The goal is to provide coast-to-coast distribute and print model. 


(left to right) David Allan, George Mazzaferro >> continued
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