AARP Inks $750 Million Printing Deal
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Maturity Magazines Group, the publishing arm of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), expects to save millions of dollars during the next seven years with a $750 million printing contract just inked with R.R. Donnelley & Sons. Meanwhile, Donnelley is breathing a sigh of relief after nearly losing the job.
The contract--involving the nation's largest printer and the largest paid circulation publications in the United States--calls for a five-year extension of Chicago-based Donnelley's current contract, which has two years remaining, says Charles Allen, the group's acting publishing director.
Donnelley will print the Bulletin, AARP's 11-times-a-year newspaper, and Modern Maturity, a bimonthly. Founded in 1958, the two titles reach the same 22.4 million people.
A full house
Printer bids were solicited from Donnelley, Quad Graphics, Quebecor Printing, World Color Press and Ringier America (which subsequently withdrew). Talks started a year ago.
From the start, Maturity Magazines was predisposed to Donnelley, which accommodated the publications as they grew from a five million circulation to their current size. But competitive bids were so much lower than expected that Donnelley, which has held the contract since 1979, could have lost it. …