Lee sells Napa daily HQ for $50M

Lee Enterprises sold the headquarters of the Napa Valley (Calif.) Register for $50 million.

Proceeds from the sale of the buildings and land at 811 and 830 Seminary Street and 807 Wilson Street will be used to reduce outstanding debt, said Ron Mayo, chief financial officer and treasurer of Lee.

 The sale is part of a larger effort to monetize its real estate investments, Mayo said. Currently real estate valued at $10 million is on the market or under contract in Provo, Utah; Bloomington, Ill.; Portage, Wis., and St. Louis.

“As we continue to transform our business through consolidation, outsourcing and other means, we have excess real estate assets in certain markets,” Mayo said. “Monetizing those assets provides us with the capital to reduce debt and invest in our digital transformation as we move forward.”

Quad/Graphics to create 500 new jobs

The company will receive $3.14 million per year in tax credits over the next five years as long as it meets its projected job creation and retention and investment numbers, said WEDC. Quad/Graphics pledged to create upwards of 500 new jobs across its 14 Wisconsin plants.

The deal also provides incentives for investments in new equipment if purchased from Wisconsin suppliers, Quadracci said.

“The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is proud to assist Quad/Graphics as they strengthen their commitment to Wisconsin and add another 500 jobs,” said Tricia Braun, WEDC deputy secretary and chief operating officer. “The company continues to outperform its projections and their choice to expand in Wisconsin is a testament to our strong workforce and the strength of our business climate.”

GRAPH EXPO 15 Starts Today

GRAPH EXPO 15 hit Chicago’s McCormick Place on Sept. 13, and will run through Wednesday, Sept. 16, featuring the latest technologies from more than 430 exhibitors, dynamic show floor features, more than 50 co-located events and an unmatched educational slate. For the third year, the CPP EXPO which serves package printers and converters, will be co-located with the show.

With a theme of “Transform,” GRAPH EXPO 15’s highly interactive show floor attractions will be complemented by a robust slate of trending educational sessions responding to the needs of the 12 major graphic communications industry segments:

  • Wide-format inkjet printing
  • Package printing and converting
  • Commercial printing
  • Mailing and fulfillment
  • Corporate/education/government printing centers/in-plant
  • Manufacturing/industrial printing
  • Transactional printing
  • Quick/small commercial printing
  • Book printing/publishing
  • Newspaper printing/publishing
  • Photo imaging
  • Marketing/creative services/media/print buying.

GRAPH EXPO 15 show goers will discover a host of learning opportunities among 13 show floor pavilions and specialty sections, including a robust lineup of industry expert panel presentations and special events in the Printerverse Theater. Co-located CPP EXPO will also present a specialized slate of educational opportunities for package printers and converters.

Learning Opportunities:
Educational opportunities began on Sunday morning, September 13, with the always-popular EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference, co-sponsored by EFI and Xerox. This year’s “The Essential Element for Focused Growth” themed session focused on business growth strategies explored the latest issues, trends and solutions in the graphic communications industry. The half-day conference wrapped up with the announcement of the “Best of Category” selections from the 2015 Must See ‘Ems competition winners, all of which were prominently recognized by booth signage on the show floor. Also, the annual “Legacy Award” was presented to a previous year’s Must See ‘Ems winning technology that has had a significant, lasting and continuing influence on the graphic communications industry. The program will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the 2015 Positively Print Award, which honors a print advocacy program designed to promote the enduring power, sustainability and effectiveness of print in today’s media mix.

Immediately after the close of EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK, the doors to GRAPH EXPO 15 opened with the slate of 50-plus seminars, continuous sessions in the Printerverse Theater, plus special workshops and panel presentations that were open to all attendees, offering unprecedented learning opportunities for graphic communications professionals from every segment of the industry. Complete seminar details are available online.

On The Floor:
Along with hundreds of exhibitors displaying their hardware, software, products and services, the GRAPH EXPO 15 show floor will feature 13 show floor pavilions and specialty sections that include three new for 2015 show floor attractions: Materials Matter, Applications Island and the Industrial Printing Pavilion.

Materials Matter celebrates the essential role that materials play in the print ecosystem. Inside the new 1,200-square-foot specialty showcase, multiple substrate manufacturers will demonstrate the powerful role that their paper and non-paper substrates play in every print job.

For attendees who come seeking to expand sales offerings, there isApplications Island, the exciting show floor “oasis” of the hottest, unique print applications designed to help printers gain new customers and new print jobs. This beach-themed show feature is completely created in print applications, and everything from the display walls to the furniture is a real and unique print application. Here, show visitors will find categories of print such as cross-media direct mail, digital label, books and more. Each category will feature several unique high response applications!

This year making its world debut is the Industrial Printing Pavilion, featuring Future Print sponsored by FlexTech Alliance. The pavilion will offer live demonstrations of 3D printing to demonstrate how the exciting “new” worlds of package printing, commercial printing and industrial manufacturing converge. The Industrial Printing Pavilion is sponsored by The Society for the Plastics Industry (SPI), producer of the large NPE show; Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC); and, CPP EXPO.

Show floor features will be:

  • The Inkjet Candy Store, back by attendee demand, sponsored by the International Sign Association (ISA), will be all together in one featured space, and side-by-side in live demonstrations, with the newest technology in wide-format inkjet.
  • The Wide-Format Pavilion will feature the hottest output equipment, software, media/substrates, inks, finishing equipment and supplies, plus new applications and solutions.
  • Prepress/Software: Workflow & Design will enable attendees to see the most exciting new software and test-drive the very latest equipment!
  • Press/Finishing highlights will include cutting-edge innovations in digital, offset, flexo, gravure and hybrid print technologies, plus the most complete array of binding and finishing equipment and supplies.
  • The Mailing & Fulfillment Center, sponsored by the United States Postal Service—still the world’s largest mailing show—will feature all the latest equipment, software and supplies, research, market data, best practices and solutions for bridging print with marketing.
  • The Marketing Pavilion is a “how to” hub of marketing education, resources, and networking, featuring all the latest marketing and graphic communication tools and technologies.
  • The Newspaper Pavilion is a dual marketplace and networking hub for newspaper production pros and increasingly commercial printers. Sponsored by News & Tech, it features unique new applications and workflow solutions designed to help cut costs, boost profits and make informed buying decisions.
  • The In-Plant Place, sponsored by the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA), is a dedicated networking hub exclusively for in-plant pros from every industry segment—government, corporate and education—to come meet, unwind, learn and share.
  • The Printerverse, sponsored by the Print Media Centr, is the highly interactive show floor hub to meet, tweet, learn, interact and explore the latest innovations and applications that are driving our industry forward in exciting new directions. The Printerverse Theater will feature a continuous lineup of expert panel presentations and special events throughout the show.
  • Education Main Street will feature representatives from colleges, universities and educational organizations providing information on curriculum offerings, scholarships and talented, skilled students seeking internships! And, for the first time ever, in Booth 570, “The Hiring Hub: Closing the Skills Gap” will be a re-creation of the SkillsUSA championship challenge and supporting teamwork required by our industry to ensure a quality future workforce. Here, show visitors will get a firsthand look at this unique display and also, during special sessions, interact with representatives from companies who have discovered a key to reaching skilled potential hires.

Additionally, two show floor Learning Theaters will offer daily quick-take ‘hot topic’ sessions that will engage, inform, and provide attendees with immediate take-away information:

  • The Experiential Lab, sponsored by FlexTech Alliance (booth 4436)
  • The Printerverse Theater (booth 3867), featuring an exciting lineup of expert panel presentations on a diverse array of timely topics and special events.

Beyond the Seminars Program:
Five free special industry presentations will be held during GRAPH EXPO 15 beginning on Monday morning:

  • “The State, the Opportunity, and the Future of the GlobalPrintMediaChannel,” moderated by Dennis Mason, Mason Consulting
  • IPMA sponsored luncheon presentation, “In-Plants Make a Splash,” with Howie Fenton, InfoTrends

Tuesday’s free sessions will be:

  • “The Emergence of Omni-Channel Marketing: An Industry View and Perspective,” moderated by Matt Swain, InfoTrends
  • “Game Changing Digital Print Opportunities in the Americas” a panel presentation presented by NPES
  • “Haptic Brain │ Haptic Brand: A Communicator’s Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch,” presented by Sappi North America.

Additionally, three free exhibitor presentations will be offered during GRAPH EXPO 15. Monday’s session will be:

  • “Search Engine Optimization: 7 Tips for Local SEO & 5 Strategies to Take you Through 2016 by PrinterPresence,” with Tawnya Starr.

Tuesday’s two free sessions will explore:

  • “Email Marketing Uncovered: How to Integrate Email Into Your Direct Mail Mix by AccuData Integrated Marketing,” presented by Erika Serrano and Nate Petel
  • “LED UV and the Future of Offset Printing by Air Motion Systems, Inc.,” with presenter Steve Metcalf.

To explore the latest trends and current business opportunities in different regions of the world, the free International Day Program on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., offers education and networking opportunities. The panel discussion, “The Ins and Outs of Doing Business Globally,” will take an in-depth look at a number of export destinations for the U.S. market; including India, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Indonesia, and also share information and resources to help businesses assess opportunities to market their products and services with direction to help launch international trade activity. The program also will include an overview of the recent PRIMIR study, “Value-Added Printing & Finishing for Improved Profitability.”

Show visitors this year can triple their ROI because of an unprecedented expo combination in Chicago’s McCormick Place. As GRAPH EXPO 15 and co-located CPP EXPO will run Sept. 13-16 in the South Hall, PROCESS EXPO and the co-located International Dairy Show and InterBev Process show will take place September 15-18 in the North and East Halls. With trending industry issues and innovations related to food packaging design, migration and expiration, these concurrent events offer a first-of-its-kind opportunity for printers, packagers, processors and converters to intermingle and explore the global scope of these vital facets of the graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. During the two-day overlap, attendees at either event will have single-pass entry into the exhibit halls for all events.

GNM forms new print unit as part of restructure

Guardian News & Media (GNM) has established a standalone print-focused unit in a major reorganization of its commercial operations. Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes The Guardian newspaper six days a week

New director of publishing Richard Furness will lead the unit with the aim of creating “a standalone, self-sustaining, revenue-generating business unit”, GNM said. Furness will take responsibility for newspaper operations, revenues and production in London and Manchester.

GNM publishes theguardian.com as well as The Guardian newspaper six days a week and The Observer on Sundays.

The company said the unit “will ensure that print remains a crucial part of what the organisation does” and “allow GNM to maximise the reach and influence of its newspapers”.

Furness, who will report to Guardian Media Group (GMG) chief financial officer Darren Singer, has worked at GNM for 16 years, most recently as director of brand and product marketing.

In that time he has overseen marketing initiatives including the launch of The Guardian’s subscriber scheme, Glastonbury sponsorship and a range of digital product launches and newspaper redesigns.

Furness said: “This is an amazing opportunity to focus on driving the reach and influence of our unique newspapers and to ensure that print continues to be a core revenue stream for our business.

The Guardian, Observer and The Guardian Weekly are a key part of our heritage and this new division will ensure they remain an important part of our future.”

The reorganisation has also seen the creation of two other new units. The first will focus on GNM’s relationships with readers and will be lead by David Magliano, who has joined the GNM Executive Committee in a new role as marketing, membership and consumer revenues managing director.

He will be specifically responsible for the consumer-facing elements of the GNM business globally and is tasked with building new and deeper relationships with readers and focusing on The Guardian’s membership strategy. He will report to GMG chief executive David Pemsel.

The appointments of Furness and Magliano are with immediate effect and GNM is currently recruiting for a new chief revenue officer to head up the third new unit, which will bring together GNM’s ad revenues, Jobs and Guardian Labs businesses.

This unit will be responsible for building long-term business relationships directly with clients and agencies globally.

Pemsel said: “The Guardian’s purpose has never been more valued and important, but the means of engaging with our global audience is changing all the time.

“This means we need to think about how we can capitalise on today’s changing media landscape while also moving quickly to seize future opportunities.

“I’m confident that the structures we are putting in place today will enable us, over time, to decrease our dependence on display advertising and to accelerate the diversification of our revenue streams.”

The Guardian had an average circulation of 172,418 between March and August 2015, down 7.4% year-on-year.

GNM employs more than 1,500 staff and its turnover for the year ended 29 March 2015 was £210.9m, marginally up from £208.5m the previous year. The increase was attributed to a rise in digital and new product revenue.