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Ryobi and xpedx Renew Distributor Agreement

Press release from the issuing company

LOVELAND, Ohio, January 21, 2008 -- xpedx today announced it has signed a new agreement with Ryobi Graphic Systems of Japan to serve as exclusive distributor and marketer of Ryobi-branded offset printing equipment in the United States.

The agreement with the operating unit of Ryobi, Ltd., Hiroshima, Japan, extends a more than three-decade relationship between the companies and provides U.S. commercial and in-plant printers with access to Ryobi's full line of highly automated, multicolor offset printing presses. 

xpedx president Thomas Kadien, executive vice president Thomas Weisenbach and newly appointed xpedx Printing Technologies vice president and general manager John Torrey recently signed the new business agreement in Japan with Koji Ishii, a Ryobi Ltd. director/corporate officer and general manager of Ryobi Graphic Systems.

xpedx Printing Technologies of Lenexa, KS, is a business of xpedx, one of the largest suppliers to the U.S. printing industry.  xpedx Printing Technologies, along with its network of 50 dealers, is responsible for the distribution and servicing of Ryobi presses in the U.S.

"The U.S. is the single largest printing market in the world.  Ryobi is committed to growing business here, particularly with its large and mid-size format printing presses," said Torrey.  He noted that Ryobi has established itself in the top tier of offset pressmakers globally for press quality, performance and return on investment.

"The deep national reach of xpedx, our close working relationship with commercial printers of all sizes and our complete product and service offering allow us to provide printers with nearly everything they need to operate profitably and efficiently," explained Torrey.

Doing business with xpedx Printing Technologies provides printers with an important advantage:  in addition to a broad choice of sheetfed presses, printers can obtain supplies, equipment and specialized services from the entire xpedx network, including the xpedx National Technology Center.  Products available through xpedx include printing papers, plus creative, pre-press, on-press and post-press offerings from top manufacturers worldwide.