Transcon closes Quebec plant

Transcontinental Inc. is closing its Transcontinental Québec printing plant and transferring all activities to other plants in its network by April 30, 2016.

The plant closure will result in about 140 layoffs, according to the company.

“Conditions in the print market are changing and we must continuously adapt,” said Jacques Grégoire, president of TC Transcontinental Printing. “In this context, we need to review our equipment utilization to better optimize our platform. We regret having to make this decision which affects our employees and would like to thank them for their dedication to our organization.”

Most of the marketing product printing activities from Transcontinental Québec will go to Transcontinental Interglobe in Beauce, Quebec.

Quad/Graphics Closing Atlgen, PA, Insert Plant, 150 Jobs Lost

According to Quad/Graphics Spokesperson Nicole Mosca, the decision to close was motivated in part by ongoing challenges in the economy that have negatively impacted retail advertising insert volumes and overall capacity in the printing industry.

“The plant closure is a strategic business decision we’ve made to eliminate excess capacity by consolidating work into plants where we believe we can achieve the greatest manufacturing and distribution efficiencies,” Mosca said. “Our goal is to create the strongest, most competitive retail platform to continue serving our clients well into the future.”

The last 15 months have been particularly tough on the Atglen plant. Last March 20, employee Raymond Bermudez was crushed to death by a load of paper inside of a clogged baler. Bermudez, 44, was fatally struck after he cleared the clog, which triggered a mound of incoming paper to fall atop him. He was taken to a local hospital in cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead.

In November of 2014, a fire struck the facility on the 4000 block of Lower Valley Road. Employees were evacuated and a local fire department quickly extinguished the flames. There were no injuries.

The Atlgen decision marks the second Quad/Graphics closure in Pennsylvania during the last three months. Last November, the company announced that its East Greenville facility was shuttering at the end of the year, a move that left 400 out of work.

Lowe-Martin Group Acquires Canadian Printing Firm RP Graphics

The Lowe-Martin Group, Canada’s premier print and communications services provider since 1908, has concluded an agreement to acquire RP Graphics Group Limited, a dynamic and growing full-service print provider based in Mississauga. The acquisition takes effect on February 1. With this acquisition, the Lowe-Martin Group becomes one of the largest commercial printers in the Greater Toronto Area.

RP Graphics Group has been present in the Toronto market since 1958 and has been owned by George Mazzaferro since 1978. Mazzaferro will continue with the firm as a member of Lowe-Martin’s executive team. Marc Fortier, president of RP Graphics Group, will manage Lowe-Martin’s business in Toronto.

“RP Graphics has a great reputation for customer service and innovation,” said Ward Griffin, CEO of The Lowe-Martin Group. “It is a pleasure for me to welcome George Mazzaferro and Marc Fortier to our executive team. I look forward to working with them and the RP Graphics staff as we continue building our national footprint.”

Mazzaferro emphasized the benefits the acquisition would bring to the customers and staff of RP Graphics. “We have always worked to be on the leading edge of developments in our industry. Joining The Lowe-Martin Group will take our capabilities to another level.”

The expanded Lowe-Martin offering now includes: publications printing for more than 275 titles, high-quality offset printing, direct and multi-channel marketing, online ordering, mobile application development, wide-format printing, and distribution. At the recent Canadian Printing Awards gala, Lowe-Martin and RP Graphics won nine awards, including silver in the ‘Most Environmentally Progressive Printer’ category.

Griffin was enthusiastic about the acquisition. “We continue to bring great service and great products to the market. This acquisition strengthens our offset and digital printing offering, expands our mailing services and gives us more wide-format options. With the addition of RP Graphics to our team, The Lowe-Martin Group can deliver the highest-quality products at any run length. Our customers can look to us for all their printing, distribution and mailing needs.”

Cineplex Magazine switches to recycled paper

Cineplex Magazine and Le Magazine Cineplex has teamed up with Canopy, an environmental not-for-profit organization, in a move that will lead to a more environmentally friendly publication. From now on both publications will be printed on 100 per cent recycled paper with 85 per cent post-consumer content. The paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and will carry Canopy’s Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF) logo.

According to Environmental Paper Network’s paper calculator, the change will save 21,572 from being used annually in the magazines text pages. “Cineplex’s leadership on lower footprint paper sources and the magazine’s switch to Ancient Forest Friendly paper is another strong step forward in the company’s commitment to helping safeguard the world’s endangered forests,” Nicole Rycroft, Canopy founder and executive director, said. “It’s an excellent performance, worthy of a big round of applause.”

Cineplex has also gone further to reduce its environmental impact by:

  • Introducing a purchasing policy to move away from endangered forest fibre and towards sustainable solutions;
  • Using popcorn bags created using FSC certified paper since 2010;
  • Using 100 percent post-consumer recycled office papers
  • Using cardboard combo trays in theatres that are made of 40 per cent post-consumer recycled fibre—and most cups are currently made with FSC certified fibre.

Cineplex Magazine prints 750,000 copies of the English magazine and 200,000 of the French each issue. According to Vividata stats, the magazine was named the #1 most read magazine for all demographics under the age of 50 and the #2 most read magazine in Canada overall. Both publications are distributed in Cineplex’s 162 theatres across Canada, in the Globe and Mail and in Le Journal de Montreal.