Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

A printing company plans to close its Jefferson City plant, which would lead to the expected loss of about 500 jobs in Missouri's capital city.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Thursday that employees of RR Donnelly were informed of the plan during a meeting. The plant covers 700,000 square feet and has been operating on weekends and doing overtime work. KMIZ-TV reports the closing is planned for Oct. 1.

Glenwood, Minnesota-based American Solutions for Business (ASB) announced that Financial Supply Inc. (FSI) has joined ASB, effective April 1, 2013.

Maryland Heights, Missouri-based Southwest Plastic Binding Company changed its name to “Southwest Binding & Laminating” in 2011. The new name comes in conjunction with a new logo and tagline, “Come Together. Right Now.”

Polyconcept North America announced three new Field Sales Managers and two new Business Development Representatives who will now represent the Leed’s, Bullet and JournalBooks product lines.

Promo Marketing, a sister publication of Print Professional, has compiled a new Top 50 Suppliers ranking. Despite stricter regulations on the safety and sales of promotional products, 2010 and the first half of 2011 have shown a sales resurgence in the industry. The returning fiscal strength of the industry is evident from the list, which is based on revenue numbers from 2010. Overall, the top 50 suppliers raked in more than $500 million more than they did in 2009. These companies have increased their margins, upped the interest in their products and committed themselves to making it through the financial crises stronger than before, and they are being rewarded for it.

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