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ImageThere are a lot of mergers happening in the industry this summer, amongst them Annan & Bird as well as Weyerhauser Fine Paper.

Congratulations to Jack Bird and his sons, David and John, on the sale of their company, Annan & Bird Lithographers, to the US publicly traded company Consolidated Graphics. After starting in 1987, they have grown a very successful business. Their hard work has paid off.

As for Weyerhauser Fine Paper, it has agreed to a merger with Domtar Inc. The new company will be known as Domtar and its head office will remain in Montreal.

Once you get the kids back to school and are back into the fall season, there are a few events happening in the Toronto area: first, the Consac Sign Associations Annual show at the Toronto Congress Centre, September 15 and 16. For free on-line registration, go to www.sac-ace.ca/consac and enter exhibitor code 647. Also check out Heidelberg's Open House on Thursday, September 28. For more information phone 1-800-363-4800 or go to their website, www.heidelberg.com

And as we move through the fall, we head into show season. Graph Expo will be running in Chicago from October 15-18. As well, Graphic Arts magazine will be at Print World in Toronto, from November 18-20. We hope to see you at both shows.

Scott Bury interviewed people in the industry who are involved in bindery and print finishing. You can read this feature article on page 20.

Until next time, enjoy the last bit of summer and stay positive.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com