17 December 2014
Printcan's top stories of 2014
TORONTO—Closures, restructures and controversy; Let’s take a look at the stories that got the most hits in 2014.

10. BL Litho’s demise and rise
The company goes bankrupt and only three days later it is purchased and renamed by a newcomer to the industry. Four people where indicted on charges

9.  Counterfeiting press seized by Mounties
The RCMP and US Secret Service track down a Heidelberg GTO 46 offset press that was being used to create counterfeit American $20 bills resulting in four people being indicted on charges.

8. Did Rob Ford help R.R. Donnelley get business at city hall?
A Globe and Mail reports that former Mayor Rob Ford helped R.R. Donnelley take over some of Toronto’s $9 million printing operations.

7. Glenparr Trade Litho shutters operation
Glenparr is no more. Founded in 1991 the company closed its door in April.

6. Unisource and xpedx will merge into Veritiv
Unisource and xpedx merge and create Veritiv, a North American distribution company. “The name of our combined company reflects the core strength of our new organization—our commitment to deliver with excellence and shape our customers’ success,” Mary Laschinger, Veritiv chairman and chief executive officer said.

5. MPH Graphics looks to restructure
MPH Graphics president Stephen Pugh on the restructure of his company:“We're restructuring. It's not a bankruptcy…”

4. Playboy No.1: Hot off the press, again
In celebration of its 60th anniversary Playboy released replicas of its first issue, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

3. General Printers files to restructure its business
In operation since 1951 and with a staff of about 70, General Printers, once a provider of traditional and production printing goes bankrupt.

2. Transcontinental cuts affect two plants
Market conditions and excess production capacity are said to be behind the cuts at the Aurora, ONT plant where 90 employees where let go, and the Edmonton plant where 40 employees let go in January.

1. Datamark closure hits staff of hundreds
400 staff were affected by Datamark’s closure in March, including 300 in the Montreal area. The closure was attributed to eroding markets and reduced margins.

Curious about last year’s top stories? See them here.

1. Offset Guy says:
22 December 2014 at 4:00 PM
wow all bad news was there nothing good that happened!!!
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