Bobst Group USA business areas now under Pordon’s direction include Folding Carton, managed by Vice President Chris Raney; Corrugated Board, managed by Vice President Mike D’Angelo; and the Charlotte, NC-based Flexible Materials business area, managed by Vice President Alain Jendly.
“In recognizing the many accomplishments of my predecessors, I view it as my primary task to not only maintain our reputation, but to also seek new ways to expand the support we provide,” Pordon says. “The success we, as a company, have enjoyed has come entirely from our ability to serve the needs of our customers.”
Heidelberg Names VP of Postpress
KENNESAW, GA—Heidelberg USA has promoted Ralph Pasquariello to vice president of postpress product management.
Pasquariello replaces Larry Tanowitz, who held the position for more than 30 years before retiring earlier this year.
Heidelberg plans to launch several new products in the postpress sector this year, and Pasquariello reports that the company’s new offerings will be highly integrated and fully automated.
According to industry reports, 70 to 80 percent of existing bindery equipment in the average U.S. print shop is at least 10 years old. Pasquariello says that many shops will need to replace their outdated bindery equipment with automated machines in order to survive in today’s finishing market.
“Heidelberg has noted a significant increase in customer demand for automated finishing equipment for several years now,” he notes. “We will continue to meet this demand with innovative postpress solutions for our customers in every market segment.”
Pasquariello began his Heidelberg career as a full-line sales representative in the Northeast region. In 2005, he assumed the position of director of postpress, a position that he held until his recent promotion.
Midstates Printing, based in Aberdeen, SD, recently added a Stitchmaster ST 400 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg. The shop installed the new stitcher because of its automated makeready process, which significantly decreases production time. Midstates Printing is a family owned and operated general commercial printer housing 275 employees.