Reality is setting in for about 225 paper mill workers in Camas. Layoffs announced in November 2017 are now underway. Many losing their jobs have worked at the mill for decades. Workers expressed a lot of sadness, grieving the loss of jobs they spent decades doing. The decision is forever changing the city that was built around it. “There's been a paper mill in Camas for 138 years,” Korhonen said. “We were proud to make paper in Camas." Click Read More below for additional information.
DS Smith will acquire Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC), for an undisclosed amount, to boost its box-making capacity. It will acquire four CCC facilities in North America in Tennessee, North Carolina and two sites in Virginia, which employs more than 190 people. Click Read More below for additional information.
Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Colleen Gregoire as Marketing Strategist. Colleen brings over 20 years of experience in print and digital marketing, graphic design, direct mail and program development. In her new role, Gregoire will focus on helping Lawrence businesses develop innovative and results-driven marketing strategies. Colleen will be a valuable resource to the local business community and will help grow Allen Press’s in-house marketing agency. Click Read More below for additional information.
The global oil benchmark flirted with the $80-a-barrel level again on Tuesday, underlining concerns that an unexpectedly strong crude rally could eventually begin to weigh on economic growth. The combination of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, potential sanctions on Venezuela, a rising geopolitical risk premium, strong demand and other factors have made talk of $100 crude sound less outlandish. Indeed, some analysts argue that the backdrop now leaves the market more open to potential price spikes. So what if oil did climb back to triple digits for the first time since 2014? Economists led by Arend Kapteyn at UBS laid it out in a wide-ranging note on Tuesday. Click Read More below for additional information.
Much like photography itself, Shutterbug magazine is turning its focus to digital. Today, UK-based AVTech Media announced it is ceasing Shutterbug magazine’s print edition after 45 years in order to pour more resources into its website, citing a seven-fold increase in digital traffic over the last four years. Despite a circulation of nearly 100,000 readers, the cost of production and slipping ad revenues evidently called for a strategic shift. Click Read More below for additional information.
Second quarter net revenue of $7.5 billion was up 10% from the prior year and up 6% when adjusted for currency. Second quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations was $0.54, up from GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of ($0.29) in the prior-year period. Click Read More below for additional information.
Interfor Corporation announced that it has resumed operations at its sawmill in Grand Forks, BC following severe flooding in the area over the past two weeks. The sawmill was temporarily curtailed on May 10, 2018 as a precautionary measure due to the escalating flooding in the region. Even though the sawmill was not operating during this time, a series of measures were taken by mill personnel to protect the operation against potential damage. Fortunately, such actions limited the risk to the mill’s infrastructure and equipment and has allowed the mill to resume operations now that the water level has receded. There are ongoing issues in the region related to rail line damage and the Company will be working with its carriers and customers to manage through the related logistics issues. Click Read More below for additional information.
The four large publicly traded consumer publishers that recently reported their financial results for the quarter ended March 31 were all able to point to some good financial news. HarperCollins had the best results, with sales up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year and profits rising 16.2%. In a conference call discussing results, Susan Panuccio, CFO of HC parent company News Corp, said the sales gains were led by the general and Christian publishing divisions. Backlist titles did particularly well, accounting for 58% of revenue in the quarter, compared to 52% a year ago, Panuccio said. She added that the strong performance of the backlist helped to boost margins. Another important contributor was downloadable audiobooks. The format had strong gains in the quarter, helping to offset softness in e-book sales and leading to a 5% increase in overall digital sales at HC compared to the prior year. The company said that downloadable audio accounted for about 25% of all digital revenue in the recent period. Digital sales represented 22% of consumer revenue for the quarter—the same percentage the format accounted for in the quarter last year. Click Read More below for additional information.
Stora Enso and Sulapac have signed a joint development agreement to combat the global problem of plastic waste by accelerating the use of fully renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials in packaging. Through the joint development agreement, Stora Enso will licence Sulapac’s materials and technology, and begin the development of fully renewable caps and closures for liquid packages. Other areas for joint development work include food packages and packages for consumer electronics. Click Read More below for additional information.
Arandell Corp., the trusted leader in premier catalog printing and omni-channel solutions, announced today that V. Clark Vialle has joined the New Business Development Sales Team to enhance the Northeastern/Greater Boston market. Vialle is Arandell’s newest sales executive to join this month, strengthening its sales force to meet the needs of the company’s continued growth plan. In this position, Vialle will be responsible for new client acquisition and client consultation in areas of marketing strategy, quality and color improvements, paper, print production and postal optimization. Vialle will report to Stephen Sanfelippo, Arandell’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Click Read More below for additional information.