St. Joseph Communications expands relationship with Canon through a multi-million dollar investment in new technology



    TORONTO, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - St. Joseph Communications announced today
a $3 million investment in a fleet of new Canon multi-function devices to
further enhance its ePRINTit(TM) business: a national network of 31 print
centres offering print-on-demand and document management solutions.
    The purchase of 80 Canon multi-function devices is the first stage in St.
Joseph Communications' recently announced $25 million investment in new
technology for its print and documents divisions.
    "Our ePRINTit(TM) centres are focused on providing unmatched convenience
and quality for our customers, in all of their print, copying and document
management needs," says John Gagliano, President of St. Joseph Print &
Documents. "Taking advantage of Canon's innovative new equipment, this
investment will enhance our productivity and flexibility at an operational
level, serving to provide even better quality and turnaround times for our
customers across the country."
    New Canon devices will also be installed in St. Joseph's new
140,000-square-foot print facility in Concord, Ontario, set to open later this
year. Additionally, Canon is the preferred multi-function device supplier for
St. Joseph's Managed Services print centres across Canada, which similar to
ePRINTit(TM), provide a full range of document management solutions, whether
it be at an off-site centre or on site at the client's facility.
    "We are very pleased to expand our partnership with St. Joseph
Communications," says Mason Olds, Senior Vice President and General Manager of
the Imaging Systems Group at Canon Canada Inc. "For years we have been
combining Canon's leading-edge equipment with St. Joseph's expertise in
facility management. The result is an effective business model for operating
on-demand print centres that provide top-quality convenience for customers."

    About St. Joseph Communications

    St. Joseph Communications is Canada's leading provider of integrated
communications solutions. Its four business divisions - in Content, Print,
Documents and Media - offer innovative communications solutions in such areas
as package and store design; branding; digital signage; architectural way
finding; photography; digital, sheet-fed and web printing; and document
management. It is also owner and publisher of some of Canada's leading
consumer magazines, including Toronto Life and FASHION Magazine. The company
is well recognized for its environmental leadership and commitment to the
communities in which it operates, donating 10 per cent after-tax profit each
year to philanthropic endeavours.
    Visit www.stjoseph.com.

    About Canon Canada Inc.

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,400 people
at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast.
Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in
Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document
management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of
patents the company has secured throughout its history. For the 16th
consecutive year, Canon Inc. is among the top three US patent recipients.
    The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction
devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners,
image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders,
digital and analogue cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and other
specialized industrial products.
    Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment.
The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various
environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported
leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada and
the Canon Envirothon.




For further information:

For further information: Marta Sinyard, Communications & Marketing
Officer, St. Joseph Communications, (905) 660-3111 ext. 218,
msinyard@stjoseph.com; Wayne Doyle, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications,
Canon Canada Inc., (905) 565-4598 (direct), wdoyle@canada.canon.com


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