I reproduce here the entire Publishers Lunch item from 6th July.

Ingram Content Group’s print-on-demand service Lightning Source is adding capacity at their Allentown, PA, Jackson, TN and La Vergne, TN manufacturing plants. “New printing, binding, trimming and shipping/sortation equipment will be installed now through October and will increase US capacity by double-digit percentages,” they write in the release. The company “expects to hire hundreds of new associates in these facilities.”

They are building a new 50,000-square-foot plant in Melbourne, Australia, due to come online in the fall, which will double their print and shipping capabilities in Australia.

There can be no doubt that the corona virus pandemic has been a boost for print-on-demand manufacturing. Ingram have been making smart moves for a number of years. They cement their position yet further as potentially the most important company in the book business.