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American Lithographers buys Lithographix's Bay Area Sheetfed Operations

Press release from the issuing company

Hayward, CA September 8, 2003 — In a move to expand and enhance its sheetfed capabilities for customers, American Lithographers, a Consolidated Graphics Company, announced the acquisition of Lithographix's Bay Area sheetfed printing operations. The purchase includes select equipment and personnel, which will be relocated to American Lithographers' Hayward facility. Lithographix will concentrate prepress operations for Northern California print and ad customers at its expanded Visiongraphix facility in San Francisco to streamline workflow to its manufacturing plant in Los Angeles. "This is a win-win for all parties, including customers," says Tim Jordan, President of American Lithographers. "The addition of an 8-color 40-inch sheetfed press and outstanding production talent will provide customers with a lot more scheduling flexibility while maintaining our high caliber of print quality and our ability to meet critical deadlines. Lithographix, San Mateo has an established reputation in the Bay Area for top quality work and service. We fully intend to carry on that tradition." According to Lithographix President Herb Zebrack, the sale of the San Mateo operation was a strategic decision. "After three years in operation, it became evident that, with the reduction of print jobs in the Bay Area, and an overabundance of printers, our best strategy was to return to our core competency, which is to produce those projects that require the horsepower of our Los Angeles plant. In an effort to streamline the operation between Los Angeles and San Francisco and make it as easy as possible for our Bay Area customers, we are expanding our prepress operation in the city. This will allow us to expedite their projects with more speed and efficiency." American Lithographers is Northern California's largest commercial printer. The company operates two manufacturing facilities, in Hayward and Sacramento, and produces a full range of promotional literature, direct mail, inserts, catalogs, and newsletters. The company complements these capabilities with sophisticated digital print and e-commerce solutions as well as mailing and fulfillment services via its Digital Logistix division in Fremont and Sacramento. With corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, a manufacturing plant in San Diego, and sales offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Detroit, Lithographix is known for its critical color work in the high-end printing markets, including automotive, travel, cosmetics, fashion, and financial.