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.

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