Planting Pinwheels for Peace

AMBLER, PA—Kathy Davis Studios recently set out to spread the message of world peace. Pinwheels for Peace, a global art therapy project founded by two teachers in Florida, was chosen as the ideal venture to teach local children and raise awareness over important global initiatives.

For the past two years, on September 21 (International Day of Peace), pinwheels are assembled around the world and “planted” into the ground as a public statement and art exhibition. In 2006, more than 1 million pinwheels in some 2,300 locations across the globe were displayed. The project was localized when Kathy Davis encouraged 100-plus elementary school students in her town to make Pinwheels for Peace and plant them in front of her studio.

Davis chose YUPO synthetic paper for her pinwheels because it’s tear-resistant, waterproof and durable. The synthetic paper was also chosen because it’s recyclable and entirely tree-free, which supports the environmental movement.

Vecoplan, a manufacturer of shredding and recycling equipment, recently held a grand opening of its newly expanded, 60,000-square-foot facility in Archdale, NC. The building dedication included a tour of the 30,000-square-foot addition, the showcase of which is a new test lab that was christened during the open house. The new test lab is set up to provide real-world conditions in which customers can view their own waste materials being processed—from feeding through shredding and discharge/separation. The lab also has several customer-viewing stations with built-in windows. Cameras positioned above each shredder’s hopper provide live video feeds, which can be viewed at the lab, online or recorded on CDs/DVDs for customer viewing later.

MAN Roland has named two graphic arts industry veterans as its new product managers for sheetfed presses: Clay Oliff, who’s been with MAN for five years as district sales manager/regional product manager for the Southern region, and Martin Pierce, who has more than a decade of experience as a press installer/trainer and sales representative with another press manufacturer.

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