New press rolling at Transcontinental's Saint-Hyacinthe facility

    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Transcontinental has completed the
installation of a state-of-the-art 8-unit KBA press and peripheral equipment
at Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe, a flyer and insert printing facility. Now
fully operational, the new press was part of a $25 million investment
announced for the facility in June 2006.
    The investment reflects Transcontinental's continued commitment to flyer
and insert printing for Canadian retailers as well as for non-traditional and
highly specialized advertisers. Improvements to the Saint-Hyacinthe facility,
which employs about 250 people, include a 22,500-square-foot expansion for a
total building footprint of 142,500 square feet.
    The addition of the KBA press became necessary following a new agreement
with Loblaw Companies Ltd. in 2006, in which Transcontinental renewed its
contract to print flyers for the Loblaw banner across Canada. As of this
spring, the contract also includes printing of flyers for the Provigo chain in
Quebec at the Saint Hyacinthe facility. The contract has an annualized value
of over $60 million, of which a third is new business from Provigo.
    "I'm very proud of our employees, who have successfully worked together
to complete this major project while continuing to serve our customers," said
Luc Desjardins, president and CEO of Transcontinental. "The new press will
also make us more efficient and give us greater flexibility during peak
periods. For Transcontinental, it's also a mark of our confidence in the
Saint-Hyacinthe community, where we have been operating since 1979."
    With its specialized plants in Halifax, Saint-Hyacinthe, Brampton,
Calgary and Vancouver, Transcontinental heads Canada's largest network of
printing products and services for retailers. This state-of-the-art national
platform serves the biggest names in Canada's retail industry.

    Attention Photo Editors: Images of the new press and the St. Hyacinthe
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    About Transcontinental Inc.

    The largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America,
Transcontinental also ranks as the country's leading publisher of consumer
magazines and French-language educational resources, and its second-largest
community newspaper publisher. Transcontinental distinguishes itself by
creating strategic partnerships that integrate the company into its customers'
value chain, notably through its unique newspaper printing outsourcing model
and its value-added services. From mass to highly personalized marketing, the
company offers its clients integrated solutions which include a
continent-leading direct marketing offering, a diverse digital platform and a
door-to-door advertising material distribution network. Transcontinental is a
company whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central
to its operation.
    Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B) has more than 14,500 employees in
Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of C$2.3 billion
in 2006.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Pierre Leduc, Media Relations, (613)
241-6000, ext. 235, Cell phone: (416) 859-8562,; Financial
Community: Jennifer F. McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations,
Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2821,,

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