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Industry Vet Seeking an Opportunity —Cagle

November 2006

THE B&P mailbag has been overflowing with cards and letters from kind readers who write to tell me how much they enjoy the feature. So I figured I’d grab the first letter I found and share it with you.

OK, so I’m a rotten liar. Bits and Pieces barely nudged out the masthead in a recent reader poll. They used to let me write the calendar of events, but the editors felt it lacked pizazz. Put yourself into it, they said.

And now, I’m saddled with this feature, and getting no love from it. No one calls, no one writes...not even insults. And I like a good putdown. Nothing else says that you matter quite like carefully crafted and insightful criticism designed to shatter your self-esteem and destroy your feelings. And if other people laugh at you in the process, all the better.

Here’s the less-than-glorious truth. While cleaning my desk one day, I found an action item that hadn’t seen any action, so I figured I’d turn to you, gentle readers, for a little help. George from Ohio is seeking employment. It’s his real first name, but that’s all we’re revealing. Here’s his story:

“During my career, I have been extremely successful at managing production on-time and on-budget, as well as implementing new technologies and process improvements that resulted in significant cost savings and the creation of new market opportunities,” he wrote. “Currently, I am seeking an opportunity to use my training and experience in print production and management to the benefit of a northeastern company.”

George prefers to work in northeastern Ohio, but doesn’t want to limit his opportunities. He has 25 years of experience in print production and 13 years of managerial know-how. He boasts an RIT education and spent 20 years with a major player on the manufacturing side.

Among his skills listed are scheduling, client service, production project management, process improvement, research and development, and field technical support.

If you have any interest in finding out more about George, drop me a line at and I will send along his resumé. I don’t know the man personally—perform due diligence (as if you’d take my word, anyway)—but he seems like good people.

Consider it this magazine’s attempt to wage war against the perception that skilled employees are hard to find.

GOING HOLLYWOOD: International Paper’s Hammermill line made its sitcom debut in an episode of “The Office” that aired on NBC September 28. “The Office” stars “40-Year-Old Virgin” funny-man Steve Carell as Michael Scott, regional manager for the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company of Scranton, PA. In this episode, Carell’s character and two co-workers attend a trade show and collect as many freebies as possible in order to decorate his condo.

Cindy Hamrick, Hammermill promotions manager, and a pair of West Coast sales team members, Terry Avery and Kelly Yeung, were filmed in the Hammermill trade booth with product promotions on display. Hey, who needs 30,000 people at Graph Expo when you can get exposed to millions of viewers?

The show airs Thursdays on NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. Check your local listings, as repeats of the early season episodes usually can be seen around the holidays.

Who knew that paper could be so funny?

MORE LITTLE SCREEN SIZZLE: Speaking of the boob tube, ink manufacturer Sun Chemical received ample air time in the October 4 episode of the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” look at the history and usage of ink. Here’s a teaser for you:

“Invented by the Chinese in about 2500 BC, it spread the word of God and war. It set us free and spelled out our rights. It tells stories, sells products and solves crimes. It’s ink and it’s everywhere! From squid to soybeans, from ancient text to awesome tattoos, join us as we dip into the well for the scoop on ink.”

Did you ever see someone get so juiced up over ink? The hour-long episode included visits to two Sun Chemical manufacturing locations, as well as a number of their customers. After all, Sun has been around for almost 200 years.

And who says the consumables sector doesn’t get any good press?

HELPING OUT A CAUSE: Finally, on a more serious note, Neenah Paper has partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to create new Soft Pink stationery as part of the Classic Crest paper brand. Businesses can support the cause by purchasing the Soft Pink stationery; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation. The initiative began in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stationery is available online at

Embossed ‘thank you’ cards and envelopes, No. 10 square flap envelopes and matching letterhead are watermarked with the symbolic breast cancer awareness ribbon.

—Erik Cagle


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