Industry Mourns Loss of Wetzel, Massingill
CUDAHY, WI—Arthur Wetzel, who spent 73 years making Wetzel Brothers one of the Midwest’s leading printers, passed away March 12 at the age of 105. Mr. Wetzel spent his entire career working at the company founded by his father, Ignaz, and his uncle, August. He was president of the PIA in the 1950s, and championed early innovations such as offset printing on plastic substrates and waterless printing. Mr. Wetzel sold his company to Consolidated Graphics in 1999.
Chuck Massingill, a longtime printer credited with training many key people at the leading printing shops of Southern California, died March 6. He was part of the group that founded the old Graphic Press, and under his guidance the firm became a lithography leader. He also trained many of the key performers at such noteworthy companies as George Rice, Anderson Litho and Triangle Litho.