PITTSBURGH—In celebration of the final stage of the consolidation of Printing Industries of America and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation into one organization, a dedication of the newly renovated world headquarters was held recently. Chairman of the Board James Mayes Jr. and Michael Makin, president and CEO, cut the ribbon marking the entrance to the newly refurbished building. Another highlight of the event was the naming of the Ray Roper boardroom, in honor of the late PIA president.

CHICAGO—Jesse Williamson has been named the 2005 Sheetfed Executive of the Year by NAPL and PIA/GATF. Williamson, president of Williamson Printing in Dallas, received the award during the annual NAPL and PIA/GATF Sheetfed Pressroom Conference.

Wilcox Press of Ithaca, NY, announced the hiring of Dieter Urbanski as its CEO. Urbanski has nearly 25 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry having held vice president of operations positions for Craftsman Printing in Alabama, Ringier America in Illinois and for Meredith/Burda in Iowa.

Gary Fisher has joined the Hi-Liter Graphics finishing team as a finishing manager, working out of the company’s Burlington, WI, facility. Fisher most recently worked for Perry Judd’s.

Jack Campbell is the new division president for Classic Graphics in Morrisville, NC. Also, Mark Davis has joined the company as an account manager.

Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation announced the appointment of Mark Bohan, PhD, to director of research and integrated technology. Dr. Bohan, previously the director of integrated technology, will now assume responsibility for the research department in addition to his current duties.

The Printing Industry Center at Rochester Institute of Technology announced the addition of Vertis as an industry partner. Vertis joins 14 other companies and associations pledging support to the center’s operation. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Printing Industry Center at RIT is dedicated to the growth and profitability of the printing field.

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