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In Full Swing: Quad/Graphics Provides Update on Fire Recovery Effort

Press release from the issuing company

July 17, 2002 -- Quad/Graphics posted the following statement to their web site as an update to the recent fire in their Lomira plant. “These are unprecedented times for the Quad/Graphics family and we greatly appreciate the support and heroic efforts of everyone - firefighters, law enforcement officials, employees and the broader Lomira community - who has helped us get back to the business of doing what we do best: putting ink on paper. “During the past four days, the situation at our Lomira plant has been thoroughly contained and recovery efforts are in full swing. In fact, we have more than 100 people employed in an around-the-clock effort to clean up the building site. (Firefighters remain on the scene to tend to smoldering debris.) We expect the building site to be cleaned up within approximately the next two weeks. “The fire was contained to our automated storage and retrieval system, which stored only work in process (i.e., pages waiting to be bound into finished magazine and catalog pages). As such, our manufacturing facility remains completely intact and production resumed on Sunday, July 14, with all 24 presses printing. “As we return to work, human health and safety are a guiding priority. Employees are our most precious and important resource and we are fully committed to ensuring that all our employees are provided with a safe and secure working environment. “As far as the cause of the fire, we have been working closely with authorities in their investigations, as well as actively conducting our own investigation. With investigations in full swing, it is too premature to determine any possible cause. “Certainly, we saddened by the events of this past weekend and we extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Keith Freiberg, a young man who was well-known to many Quad/Graphics employees. We have been in contact with Keith's family and have their support to establish a memorial fund - the details of which will be forthcoming.”