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January 2008
Penn Graphics’ Owners Donate Pennsylvania Farmland for Preservation

HAMBURG, PA—By adding more than 100 acres to the total, the enrollment of Benjamin and Patricia Scheffler’s farm into Berks County’s Agricultural Conservation Easement program enabled it to surpass the 50,000 acres preserved milestone. The property is also home to Penn Graphics Equipment, which is owned by the Scheffler family. (Ben is retired from the firm.)

State and local government officials, county farmers, agricultural business owners, local media and dozens of invited guests were on hand at a recent event marking the Schefflers’ commitment. Currently, Pennsylvania leads the nation in farmland preservation with more than 372,000 acres protected from development.

Construction on CEU Inc.’s new 12,000-square-foot factory authorized ADAST dealer center in Lincolnshire, IL has been completed. The new two-story building will house the dealer’s sales, service and administrative offices. It will also provide warehouse space and serve as ADAST’s new Midwestern U.S. demonstration and training facility. The demo room will be equipped with at least two ADAST presses.

Davis Marksbury has transitioned his role as president and CEO of Exstream Software to former IBM executive Richard Troksa, who has held various executive management positions at Exstream for the past four years. Marksbury remains on the board of directors as chairman.

American Thermoplastic has received two top honors in the Golden Image/André Schellenberg awards presented by the Speciality Graphic Imaging Association. The company received the Excellence (Gold) Award in the Ring and Catalog Binders (Single/Multi Color) category and the André Schellenberg Award in the Ring and Catalog Binders (Digital) category.

Baldwin Technology has entered into a distribution and manufacturing agreement for the products of the AWS Division of Thermal Care. Baldwin has secured exclusive distribution and marketing rights to the AWS line of fountain solution and ink temperature control systems for the graphic arts markets of North, Central and South America. The products will now carry both Baldwin and AWS branding.

Working closely with Westamerica Graphics, of Foothill Ranch, CA, the Zoological Society of San Diego conceptualized a shelf tag to market gift cards offering discounted admissions for the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. To ensure the tags would withstand their intended life-cycle, they were printed on 74-lb. cover synthetic paper from Yupo Corp.

Robert Berg has been appointed director of sales at Standard Finishing Systems, taking over for George Vergilis, who is retiring after 40 years in the printing industry. In other news, the company received the 2007 Harold W. Gegenheimer (Corporate) Award for industry service and support from NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies.

Steve Fletcher—Eastman Kodak’s general manager of New Printing Technologies and vice president of its Consumer Digital Group—has been tapped as the company’s new general manager of Electrophotographic Printing Solutions and vice president of the Graphic Communications Group (GCG). Fletcher, who will retain his former duties, will be responsible for supporting the Kodak NexPress digital color platform and Kodak Digimaster black-and-white production systems.

Gary Fisher has been appointed by Goss International to head a new initiative to promote lifetime support service and training in North America. He is working with sales and service teams to develop programs and strategies to optimize the performance of Goss systems.

xpedx recently relaunched and expanded its marketing site. Users now have an easy-to-navigate point of entry to online product catalogs and procurement tools. PI


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