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RR Donnelley Agrees to Acquire AdPlex-Rhodes' Print Operations in Charlestown, Ind.

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 -- R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Charlestown, Ind., print operations of AdPlex-Rhodes, a leading provider of advertising and marketing products and services. The transaction is expected to close within the next few weeks. The Charlestown plant produces high quality tabloid-sized retail inserts to support the marketing efforts of major retailers. This offset tabloid facility will complement RR Donnelley's existing gravure manufacturing platform to better serve retailers' short- and long-run, regional and national needs. Having both offset and gravure tabloid capabilities enhances the flexibility RR Donnelley can offer to retailers in developing effective targeting strategies. "We are pleased to keep our commitment to enhance our platform's flexibility," said John R. Paloian, RR Donnelley Group President, Publishing & Retail Services. "This product line extension will allow RR Donnelley to offer more capabilities to our blue-chip retailing customers, which have asked us to enable more targeted advertising programs. The Charlestown, Indiana, facility is an ideal fit with our Publishing and Retail Services business, and we expect immediately to take its resources to new and existing customers." "Our retail customers encouraged us to enter the offset tabloid marketplace, and we are excited about the scope and array of equipment in Charlestown," added George B. Zengo, RR Donnelley President, Catalogs & Retail Inserts. "We feel that the offset tabloid retail insert market is an exciting one, and we plan to continue to support our customers and grow in this area. In addition, we will continue to identify acquisition candidates in each of our markets to enable us to quickly bring new capabilities to the marketplace and to provide our customers with distinct competitive advantages." Originally part of Rhodes Printing, founded in 1973, the Charlestown, Ind., plant became a part of AdPlex-Rhodes when that company was formed in 2002.