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R.R. DONNELLEY CHOOSES VIRGINIA LOCATION FOR NEW BOOK PLANT

ROANOKE, Va., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company (NYSE: DNY) and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced today that the company has selected a site near Roanoke, Va., for construction of its new book printing plant to open in 1997.

R.R. Donnelley's new production facility will print short-run, multicolor books for consumer book publishers. "We are very pleased to locate our new book manufacturing facility in Virginia," said Grant McGuire, president of R.R. Donnelley's Book Publishing Services business unit. "For many years Donnelley has found Virginia to be an excellent place to do business, and the state has been most helpful in the selection of the Roanoke County site for our new plant. As a result, we are investing more than $60 million in Roanoke County initially to construct and equip the most technologically advanced facility in the world for printing and binding multicolor books in small quantities."

John Pecaric, vice president and Division Director of the new Roanoke plant, stated, "We have chosen Roanoke County not only because it best meets the needs of our book publishing customers and provides a strong employment base of technology-oriented people, but also because the Roanoke region is committed to the values necessary for business growth. R.R. Donnelley is pleased to become part of the growing Roanoke County community and economy."

The plant start-up is part of R.R. Donnelley's Title Life Management(SM) strategy to provide the highest quality, most efficient production for every stage in a book's life -- from limited-quantity advance copies, to title rollout, to front and back list reprints. The Roanoke facility will offer efficient and economical production of short-run color trade books.

Groundbreaking will be held in March 1996, when construction of the initial 300,000 square foot building begins. R.R. Donnelley officials expect to employ 175 people in the Roanoke facility by 1998. The company's other printing facilities in Virginia are located in Lynchburg and Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg plant, which also manufactures books, opened in 1980.

R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company (sales U.S. $6.5 billion) is a world leader in managing, reproducing and distributing print and digital information for the publishing, retailing, merchandising and information-technology markets. It specializes in the production of books, catalogs, inserts, magazines, directories, and financial and computer documentation. Founded in Chicago in 1864, the company employs 41,000 people in 26 countries on five continents.
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/CONTACT: Greg Henricks, marketing manager, Book Publishing Services of R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company, 312-326-8431, or Bobbi Mark, marketing vice president, Book Publishing Services, R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company, 212-503-1392/

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