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Jerry Williamson Selected as 2015 Visionary Award Recipient

Dallas, TX March 24, 2015: Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica has selected Jerry Williamson as their 2015 Visionary Award Recipient. Williamson was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Williamson Printing Corporation, Dallas TX. He will be honored at the upcoming Graphic Excellence Awards Gala on April 23, 2015 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.

Jerry joined the family business after receiving a law degree from Southern Methodist University and serving as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas. Upon joining the business in 1968 he took an active role, along with his brother Jesse, in growing the business into a national powerhouse. Prior to the company's sale to Quad/Graphics in 2012, the company was constantly ranked as one of the largest printing companies in North Texas and was recognized nationally as a full-service commercial and specialty products printer producing short- to medium-run catalogs, case-bound books, direct mail and other promotional products.

Williamson has been extremely active in local organizations including the Dallas Bar Association, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Salesmanship Club of Dallas, SMU Mustang Club, Baylor Foundation Board, and many, many other social and professional organizations. He has also served on various committees for the University Park United Methodist Church.

Well known for giving back to the industry, Williamson served in a variety of roles in the industry's national associations serving as the Chairman of the Board of Printing Industries of America in 1998 (PIA), the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, 2000 – 2002 (GATF), as well as the local PIA affiliate, Printing Industries of Texas in 1987 (now PIA MidAmerica). He also served on the boards of the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), and The Print Council.

He has been recognized with numerous national awards including: the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, the Web Offset Association Harry V. Quadracci Vision Award, and the Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas Award. He is also a member of the Ben Franklin Honor Society as well as the Walter E. Soderstrom Society.

Even in retirement, Jerry is constantly engaged in various business activities and spends time with his wife Diane, their three children, Paul, Bo, and Beth and their spouses, plus his five grandchildren.


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Steve Ratcliff Honored as 2015 Kansas City Executive of the Year

Kansas City, MO March 24, 2015: Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica has selected Steve Ratcliff, Western Region Vice President of Sales for Shaughnessy Paper Company, as their Kansas City Executive of the Year. Ratcliff is not only the 63rd recipient of this annual award, but also the first supplier to be recognized by the printing community for his leadership.

Steve is currently responsible for the sales and operations at several of Shaughnessy's Mid-West Divisions including Lenexa, Kansas; Springfield, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Des Moines, Iowa; Houston, Texas; as well as operations in Calgary and Toronto Canada. Steve also serves as an advisor on the Shaughnessy Board of Directors. Ratcliff will be recognized at the upcoming Graphic Excellence Awards Gala on April 30, 2015, which will be held at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kanas City.

After graduating from the University Wisconsin- Whitewater, Ratcliff began his professional career in 1983 as a Mill Representative for Champion Papers. In1988 Steve accepted a position as District Sales Manager for Simpson Paper Company. In 1995 Steve left the "Mill" side of the industry and moved into "Distribution"...accepting a position with Unisource in Lenexa, Kansas as Sales Manager of Printing and Writing papers. Steve moved quickly up the ranks at Unisource to General Manager and on to Central Market Area V.P. of Sales for Unisource. In 2005 Steve accepted a leadership position with Shaughnessy where he is today.

Steve has been married since 1984 to Cynthia Marie Ratcliff (Roeber), who is Manager of Consumer Loan's at Community America Credit Union. They have three daughters, Natalie who was a U.S. National Team member in Women's Gymnastics, and is currently a Guidance Counselor at a Grade School in Gardner, Kansas. Kathryn and Alyssa, who are both currently attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


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Tab Shoppe Assets Purchased By B&D Index

B&D Binder and Index, Inc. has purchased certain assets from The Tab Shoppe, Inc. of Ste. Genevieve Missouri.

The Tab Shoppe has been in operation since 1984 and is recognized as one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of custom printed and stock index tabs. The Tab Shoppe’s President, Mr. Marty Groark, will join B&D Binder and Index in a consulting role. All production will occur in B&D’s 30,000 square foot facility in Arlington, Texas.

B&D Binder and Index’s President John Steffens states “We have admired The Tab Shoppe as a high quality competitor for many years. When the opportunity arose to acquire some of their important assets we knew that it would be a perfect fit and a huge benefit to our mutual customers.  We look forward to serving all of The Tab Shoppe’s customers and welcome them to the B&D family”

B&D Binder and Index and The Tab Shoppe can be reached at 800-842-8657 or www.bdbinderindex.com


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Standard Register Files For Chapter 11 and Enters Sales Agreement

DAYTON, OH—March 12, 2015—The Standard Register Co. today announced that it and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The company also announced that it is pursuing a sale process and has entered into an acquisition agreement with an affiliate of Silver Point Capital, L.P. The agreement was submitted to the Bankruptcy Court today. Under the proposed agreement, the company’s assets will be sold for approximately $275 million plus the assumption of certain other liabilities. The sale agreement contemplates a Court-supervised auction process, which is designed to facilitate a competitive sale process. Subject to the results at auction, the closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of usual and customary conditions, including obtaining Court approval and all necessary regulatory consents. The company believes that this sale will right-size the business’ balance sheet by significantly reducing its outstanding indebtedness and other liabilities to better position the business for long-term growth and profitability in the hands of a capable buyer. Silver Point Capital is a private investment firm managing approximately $8.5 billion.

The company is supported by its existing secured lenders, including Bank of America, N.A. and Silver Point, who have agreed to extend $155 million in financing in the form of a debtor-in-possession (DIP) credit facility. The DIP facility should provide the Company with ample liquidity to facilitate its sale process and to fund operations. The company also has filed and expects to obtain approval for various customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations during the sale process, including honoring employee wages and benefits in the ordinary course and honoring its customer programs. The company intends to pay suppliers under normal terms for goods and services provided on or after the filing date of March 12, 2015. The Company appreciates the support of its customers and suppliers and expects to continue its relationships with them in the ordinary course of business.

Source: Standard Register/Printing Impressions


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Allen Press Experiences Significant Growth
With Online Publishing Service

LAWRENCE, KS—February 26, 2015—Allen Press announced that over the past 12 months, the number of journals hosted on its Pinnacle Online Publishing platform has increased by 42 percent. The platform will now host 184 publications on 117 publisher Websites. This growth also includes 23 publishers previously hosting their content on the Metapress platform, which will be decommissioned in early 2015.

Pinnacle is a template-based content hosting solution built on the robust Atypon Literatum software. A number of new features have been added recently, including metered access, special collections and faceted search. The Pinnacle Users Blog is another tool that assists publishers in maximizing features on their Pinnacle Websites.

In addition to hosting services, Pinnacle also includes XML-tagging, content loading, site editing and end-user customer support. By using Pinnacle, publishers can deliver a variety of content types, including journal articles, books, abstracts and multimedia files on their own independently branded, mobile-optimized Website.

“Publishers choose Pinnacle because it pairs the same robust technology in use by large commercial and society publishers with top-notch customer service offered by our electronic services support team,” explained Melanie Dolechek, director of publishing and marketing at Allen Press. “Many society and association publishers have limited staff resources available for production-related tasks, so our online hosting solution is a perfect fit and allows them to maintain a hands-off approach at an affordable priceWe are looking to continue this growth pattern into 2015 as more publishers realize the value of providing their content to readers in a way that maximizes discoverability by search engines and encourages usage on mobile devices.”

Next month, Allen Press will be launching a more customizable version of Pinnacle as an additional option for publishers who have specific design requirements. Pinnacle Premium combines all the functionality of Pinnacle with a more flexible design that allows for a more configurable homepage. More information on Pinnacle Premium will be available next month.

About Allen Press

Allen Press provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in the broad areas of print, online distribution, and publishing services for scholarly societies, professional associations and corporations worldwide.

Source: Allen Press.