Brown Printing Co.
SUSSEX, WI-April 20, 2015-Quad/Graphics Inc. will continue to be the primary printer for Hearst Magazines' through 2020 under a new agreement valued at more than $500 million. Quad produces 20 of Hearst's 21 U.S. magazine titles, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE,Esquire, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics and Car and Driver, as well as inserts and custom print products.
Quad/Graphics has been Hearst Magazines' largest print supplier since 2011, when it began printing Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, House Beautiful, O, The Oprah Magazine,Woman's Day, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Car and Driver and Road & Track in addition to Veranda, which the company has printed since 2007.
R.R. Donnelley and Quad/Graphics, the USA's two largest printing companies, apparently have their sights set on gobbling up more competitors -- but not each other. Quad's CEO, Joel Quadracci, was caught off guard on Tuesday by a question from a Goldman Sachs analyst at the end of Quad's quarterlyearnings conference call. "I'd kind of love to hear your thoughts on potential regulatory pushback or maybe lack thereof on a tie-up between your company and your biggest competitor," said Fred Krom. Quadracci at first thought the question was about Courier Corp., which Quad recently planned to acquire until Donnelley stepped in.
OK, fellow publishing fans, you can't be ready to face this new year without understanding what happened in 2014. Here are the 10 words (yes, "magazine media" and "native advertising" are single words) that summarize the year that just was, along with links that provide further information:
Although Wall Street mostly yawned when Quad/Graphics announced this week it is acquiring Brown Printing, the pending transaction is a big deal for many major publishers. And it provides some interesting insights into the U.S. printing and publishing industries and even into the U.S. Postal Service.
For publishers of major magazines and catalogs - those with a print order of at least, say, 200,000 copies - the country's third largest magazine printer has been the chief supplier of Duopoly Insurance.
Brown Printing Company was awarded 21 Star of Excellence Awards, including Best of Division, in the annual competition hosted by the Printing Industry Midwest.
Imagine, if you will, a cozy academic auditorium filled with professionals from every part of the publishing universe -- publishers, editors, circulators, investment bankers, writers, digital visionaries, retail experts, printers and even people who sell paper. Sure, and let's throw a pundit or two into the mix and then fill the rest of the seats with enthusiastic journalism students. What you have is the ACT 4 Experience at Ole Miss created and hosted by Dr. Samir Husni.
Waseca, MN - Brown Printing Company today announced the acquisition of its first digital press - the Xerox Nuvera® 314EA Perfecting Production System. The new high speed variable data press enables Brown to offer its clients excellent print quality, personalization, content customization, on-demand printing, and fast turnaround times.
WASECA, MN -Brown Printing Company's Erv Drewek was assigned the prestigious Postmaster Generals' Mailer's Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) Vice-Chair position on August 28th, 2013. The MTAC Vice-Chair is a member of the MTAC Executive Committee. As the Vice-Chair, Drewek, along with other committee members, will oversee the activities of the Leadership Committee, gathering information on how to enhance the value of mail-related products and services.
Back in March, my Publishing Business Group colleagues and I paid a visit to the Brown Printing Company plant near Allentown, Pa. According to their website, Brown prints over 180 consumer and business publications at this location, situated along a country road about 100 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia.
Brown Printing Company today announced the acquisition of Nellymoser, a Boston-based mobile marketing and technology company. Nellymoser is a mobile innovator and a pioneer in rich media delivery, having deployed over 800 print-to-digital campaigns in 2012 for 50 of the Top 100 magazines.