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May 2007
PIA/GATF announced the recipient of its 2006 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award. Stuart McMichael, former president of Arlington, VA-based Custom Print, was selected for his significant contributions toward environmental awareness, education and best practices in printing. He helped transform Custom Print into a totally “green” operation.

Tony Mangabat has joined the Graphic Arts Association (GAA), Trevose, PA, as its new environmental, health and safety (EHS) manager. Mangabat will assist GAA members with EHS and compliance issues, including navigating through the regulations, interpretations and guidance documents.

Printing and Imaging Association of New York State, based in Amherst, NY, announced that it is expanding its operation into the New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey area. Long-time printing industry and association executive Vicki R. Keenan, former president of the Association of Graphic Communications, has been hired as vice president and will lead the organization’s expansion. An office has also been opened by the association in Cranford, NJ, to establish a metro New York presence.

Southeastern Printing, Stuart, FL, has hired Mark Eimann as an account manager. An RIT graduate, Eimann brings more than 20 years of graphic arts sales and marketing experience with him to Southeastern.

The Rainforest Alliance announced that children’s publishing giant Scholastic Inc. will be printing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the series, using paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). For the initial U.S. printing of 12 million copies of the book, which is slated for July, Scholastic is committing that 65 percent of the 16,700 tons of paper used will be FSC-certified. Totaling nearly 22 million pounds, this is the largest purchase of FSC-certified paper to be used in a single book printing to date, according to the Rainforest Alliance.

Commercial printer Rösler Druck, of Schorndorf, Germany, set a world plate-changing record with a new MAN Roland 700 DirectDrive press, resulting in 103 plate changes, involving 412 plates, within a 24-hour press run. Cutting makeready time by as much as 60 percent, the world record project involved printing 1,000 copies of a four-color catalog, consisting of 2,800 pages.

Fry Communications, Mechanicsburg, PA, announced the addition of Paul Duffy to its Directory Services Sales Group Staff. Duffy is a 25-year Yellow Page industry publisher, who most recently served as regional sales manager with publishing software provider Yellow Magic. He will play an instrumental sales/service role in Fry’s heatset printing business, as well as building upon its Web-based directory FryCATS.

The Print Council announced that Lawton Printing, Spokane, WA, Friesens Corp., of Altona, Manitoba, Canada, and Corporate Press, Landover, MD, have joined the organization’s membership. As new members, these printers will work with other companies to increase demand for printed materials to help promote the value of print to the economy, as well as to advertisers and the entire communications stream.

The Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants (AIPPM) has announced the recipient of its 2006 Peyton Shaner Award: Gary Cone, vice president of Litho Craft, a Seattle-based commercial printer. As a Litho Craft executive, printing industry author and speaker, past president of the Pacific Printing & Imaging Association, and a former recipient of the (graphic arts industry’s) Ben Franklin Award, Cone was selected for the award for his many significant contributions to the paper and graphic arts industry.

Stephen Kaufman has been appointed chief technology officer at Des Plaines, IL-based Schawk, a provider of visual brand image management solutions for the consumer products packaging industry. Kaufman joined Schawk in 1994, where he held a number of senior technical positions, most recently serving as vice president of client strategy.

Bonnie L. Sigel has been hired as a sales and marketing solutions provider for Harleysville, PA-based Alcom. Sigel has more than 18 years of printing sales experience, having served at Acorn Press and Commercial Printing. In other news, Alcom recently opened the doors of its new 45,000-square-foot addition, which features an automated warehouse, and direct mail and in-house postal facility.

Wright Business Forms (a division of Wright Business Graphics) headquartered in Portland, OR, announced that Carol Gibbs has been promoted from the position of customer service manager to special projects manager. She has been in the commercial printing industry for more than 26 years. PI


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