Transcontinental Creates U.S. Newspaper Printing Division — More Deals Coming?

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By: E&P Staff

Transcontinental said today it created a separate division responsible for newspaper printing in North America, including U.S.-managed plants. Ted Markle has been tapped as senior vice president of the new division to lead a team of 10, which will be expanding in the coming months.

In November, Transcontinental, headquarted in Montreal, announced its first U.S.-based deal with Hearst to print the San Francisco Chronicle. Transcontinental will print the country’s 14th largest daily in a new facility in a 15-year agreement.

?The United States is our first priority international market and it is vital for our growth that we develop our presence there,? said Luc Desjardins, president and CEO of Transcontinental, in a statement. ?We are already one of the biggest suppliers of integrated direct marketing services and we plan to become the same in newspaper printing through our unique outsourcing model. The announcement today indicates where we?re headed.?

Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and it also publishes newspapers. The company handles printing for The New York Times for Ontario and upstate New York.

?We were already in talks with most of the major players and now there is even more interest in our model,? Francois Olivier, president of Transcontinental?s printing products and services sectors, said in a statement.

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