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An agency whose mission has been producing, publishing and recording our Nation's history has made some history of its own. Section 1301 of H.R. 83, the legislation providing consolidated and further continuing appropriations for FY 2015 that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Barack Obama, changes the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.

WebbMason, an integrated marketing solutions and services company headquartered in suburban Baltimore, has expanded staff in its Boston and Washington offices.

ICV Partners, a leading investment firm focused on lower middle-market companies, has acquired OneTouchPoint (OTP), a value-added commercial printer and document services company. OTP was previously owned by Huron Capital Partners. 

Although the United States has registered more patents in 3-D printing technology than any other region or country, Europe is fast approaching parity with the States in terms of market value, with Asia also close behind and rising.

According to Alan Meckler, chief executive of Mediabistro, there will be anywhere between six and 10 IPOs of 3-D printing companies in Asia in the coming years, as the technology begins to resemble to growth of the internet. "It sparks the creative juices of entrepreneurs," said Meckler.

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