Growth and innovation – 1996-2005

The company extends its activities to new products in magazine and newspaper publishing while pursuing its path of growth in printing. Transcontinental has the wind in its sails and achieves the billion dollar revenue mark. It succeeds in carving out a strong position in North America with its innovative offering in newspaper printing outsourcing.

Plants that remain part of our printing and packaging network are specified in the text. (As of January 4th, 2018).

1998
  • Transcontinental reaches the billion dollar revenue threshold. 
  • After the United States, Transcontinental crosses the border into Mexico with the acquisition of Refosa, one of the country’s largest commercial printers. A new ultra-modern flyer printing plant is also built in Toluca. 
  • The company continues its stream of acquisitions north of the border notably in the printing industry in Québec: Interweb Printing (now Transcontinental Interweb), Prescom and Impressions des Associés; in Ontario:  Interweb Ontario (now Transcontinental Vaughan), and Bayweb; in Manitoba:  LGM Graphics (now Transcontinental LGM-Coronet) and Spot Graphics.
  • The Publishing Sector expands its list of publications by acquiring numerous titles, including Hockey Business News.
  • Transcontinental adopts a new corporate signature.
 firma 1998
2000
  • Transcontinental completes the largest transaction of its history thus far with the acquisition of Telemedia's magazine publishing division. Eleven major titles are added to the company's portfolio, including Canadian Living, TV Guide, Coup de Pouce, and Elle Québec. The acquisition results in the creation of Transcontinental Media.
  • Transcontinental acquires Ergonet, a Montréal e-commerce firm, and Infinet Communications, a Toronto-based interactive marketing firm. 
  • The company reorganizes its activities into three operating sectors: printing, media and interactive marketing.
Telemedia 2000
2003
  • Transcontinental takes a major step in its United States direct marketing operations with the acquisition of CC3, a company with a network of eight facilities in Pennsylvania, California, and Texas, signalling its most sizable acquisition in terms of acquired revenues.
  • The company opens Transcontinental Métropolitain, a new Montréal plant primarily dedicated to the printing of La Presse daily newspaper and its related products, under a 15-year contract.    
  • Inauguration of Transcontinental Prince Edward Island, which is still part of our network today, in Prince Edward Island.
  • Acquisition of The Amherst Daily News newspaper, The Citizen and Sackville Tribune Post weeklies, as well as the related publications of Cumberland Publishing Ltd., in Nova Scotia, and of Sackville Tribune-Post Ltd., in New Brunswick.
RJ 2003
2005
  • Transcontinental doubles its direct marketing production capacity in the United States by acquiring JDM Inc.
  • Transcontinental becomes the first Canadian company to print The New York Times by securing a 10-year contract for Ontario and Upstate New York.
  • Transcontinental is selected by the publishing house Éditions Gallimard to print Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mêlé.
JDM 2005