Printing Industries of America Mourns the Lost of Ken Rizzo
In May 2000, he left to become a process engineer for Gulf States Paper Corp. (now Rock Tenn), one of the country’s largest producers of packaging products and paperboard but he returned to the non-profit organization, now known as Printing Industries of America, in late 2006, as the director of consulting services. He was well-known as a highly-experienced process improvement specialist, certified in Six Sigma, ISO 9000, and Lean manufacturing and planned and facilitated numerous 5S, quick changeover, total productive maintenance initiatives, and Kaizen event projects.
As one of Printing Industries authors, Ken always had his finger on the pulse of what printers needed beyond information. In his best-selling book “Total Production Maintenance: A Guide for the Printing Industry,” he made sure to include access to the worksheets and checklists he mentioned in the book, to make the information even more applicable. “He opted to go the even more practical route with his upcoming ‘Operational Excellence’ workbook series, minimizing the text and boiling it all down to the step-by-step processes and procedures people could follow and implement in their facilities,” noted Amy Woodall, directory of technical information.
In addition, Ken has authored articles in various Printing Industries of America publications—GATFWorld, Management Portfolio, and The Magazine. He also had articles in many of the leading publications for the print and graphic communications industry including American Printer, Contexto Graphica (Mexico), Graphic Arts Monthly, High Volume Printer, Paperboard Packaging, and Printing Impressions. Rizzo’s writings and articles have been referenced and quoted in litigation court cases, as well as manufacturers’ customer training.
Rizzo’s most recent accomplishment in 2009 was the creation and development of Printing Industries of America’s Digital Production Assessment (DPA) and Digital Production Excellence Accreditation (DPEA audit certificate) programs. These unique programs were designed to help and address the distinctive challenges that digital and variable-data printers experience. Rizzo was a noted industry speaker and experienced trainer and educator, instructing on various topics, including Extreme Offset Production, Printing UV, Troubleshooting Printing and Production Problems, and 10 Steps to Operational Excellence.