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Quad/Graphics Signs S&S Worldwide for Another Five Years

Press release from the issuing company

SUSSEX, Wis.--July 14, 2003-- Quad/Graphics -- North America's second-largest catalog printer -- has been awarded a five-year contract renewal from 18-year client S&S Worldwide, a Colchester, Conn.-based cataloger of recreation, education, sports and healthcare products. The contract extension calls for Quad/Graphics to produce more than 5 million S&S catalogs per year under 19 titles, including the production of 1.1 million catalogs for subsidiary Sally Distributors, a Minneapolis-based toy and novelty marketer. S&S acquired Sally Distributors in August 2002, and Quad/Graphics began printing the Sally Distributors catalog in March 2003. "As one of the first clients of our Saratoga Springs plant, Quad/Graphics considers S&S a venerable partner," commented Tom Quadracci, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics. "We are delighted with their ongoing confidence in us, which is best illustrated by the recent placement of their Sally Distributors catalog work in our Saratoga Springs plant." Explaining why Quad/Graphics has been the company's sole catalog printer for nearly two decades, Adam Schwartz, Vice President and General Counsel for S&S Worldwide, said: "We are in a business that values tradition. We are a fourth-generation, family-run business that has deep respect for the past and our roots. We place great value on the long relationship we have with Quad. We appreciate Quad/Graphics' business philosophy and family approach." S&S also has a demonstrated appreciation for Quad/Graphics' brand of innovation. The cataloger was among the printer's first clients to embrace digital photography, as well as transition from a conventional workflow to computer-to-plate. In 1998, S&S became the first customer in our Saratoga Springs, N.Y., plant to adopt a 100 percent PDF workflow intended to streamline its file delivery. "We needed to focus on being leaner and the workflow provided that benefit," Mr. Schwartz explained.