Cenveo Closing Graphic Arts Center in Portland, Oregon; 91 Workers to Be Layed Off

 Cenveo has informed Oregon labor officials, as part of the WARN act, that it intends to close its commercial printing facility located on NW Wilson Street in Portland, Ore., by March 31. The closure will result in the layoffs of 91 people who currently work there, according to the newspaper.

The Graphic Arts Center was the largest commercial printing company in the state of Oregon at one time,  and the most prominent printers along the entire West Coast. The Graphic Arts Center also had a reputation as a high-quality printer of “high-impact” documents, such as high-end car brochures and annual reports.

It was acquired by Mail-Well (the forerunner of Cenveo) — which was led at that time by Mail-Well Chairman and CEO Gerald Mahoney — in August 1995 for $82.6 million. The deal helped to catapult the then-primarily envelope manufacturer into the commercial printing field. In September 1995, Mail-Well subsequently filed an IPO and went public on the NASDAQ largely to reduce its debt load and to help fund several other acquisitions that followed.

1,000th Heidelberg VLF Printing at Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay Packaging, Inc., a leading producer of folding cartons, corrugated packaging and point-of-purchase displays, has installed the 1000th Very Large Format (VLF) printing unit from Heidelberg.

The new Speedmaster XL 145-7+L with UV is the latest addition to the Wisconsin-based company. The VLF press, equipped with Prinect Inpress Control and Prinect Inspection Control, will run alongside a Speedmaster CD 102-7+L and an existing Speedmaster XL 145 with UV. According to President and CEO Will Kress, its first XL 145 provided increased capacity and faster set-up times. The new 57” press is expected to further improve productivity throughout the plant.