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June 2002
New Leadership At Roosevelt Paper

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ—David Kosloff has become president of Roosevelt Paper, representing the third generation of family ownership. He takes over for his father, Ted Kosloff, who has served as president since 1976. Roosevelt Paper was founded in 1932 by Irv Kosloff.


Gämmerler Corp. has realigned its manufacturing plants. Located in Geretsried-Gelting, Germany, Leisnig, Germany, and Hanover Park, IL, each will specialize in the production of a specific set of products. Compensating stacker production, which currently takes place at all three plants, will transfer to Leisnig. The facility in Geretsried-Gelting will focus its operations on the production of robotic palletizers, vertical log stackers, overhead conveying systems and rotary trimmers. The plant in Hanover Park will produce several products, including flat conveying systems, horizontal log stackers and the company's newly announced PowerLift palletizing system.

The ColorQuick closed-loop control system from Graphics Microsystems has been considered qualified and can be sold on Heidelberg Web Systems (HWS) contracts without the requirement of a performance waiver. The GMI ColorQuick is said to be the first closed-loop color control system receiving this official HWS qualification.

Spinks Ink has hired Roger Harris as its new Southeast sales representative. His territory includes all Spinks dealers in the southeastern U.S. and Texas. He is a former employee of Printers Ink & Supply in Birmingham, AL.

2002 marks a milestone for Howard Graphic Equipment, as the company celebrates its 35th anniversary. Since its inception in 1967, the company has continuously evolved into one of the world's largest suppliers of used printing and related equipment.

LDR International announced Robin Michalisko is the company's new sales manager, responsible for direct hardware and software sales in the Western U.S. and channel support nationwide. Before coming to LDR, he worked for IKON North America as business development manager of Digital Express.

Litho plate supplier Lastra America has acquired Western Lithotech, a supplier of litho plates, associated chemicals and prepress platemaking equipment.

Presstek Inc. has installed a Ryobi 3404DI direct imaging press at its demonstration center in Hudson, NH, and has recently completed a comprehensive DI training session for Ryobi dealers. Sales demonstrations are ongoing and plans are under way for several open houses, which will feature the Ryobi 3404DI. Also, the company has appointed Edward J. Marino president and CEO, succeeding Robert W. Hallman. Marino is the former president and CEO of Lightning Source.

Kodak Polychrome Graphics recently appointed Pat Duckworth as dealer relations manager, Eastern zone, and Mike Huff as dealer relations manager, Western zone. Both are long-time KPG employees.

Coleman Kane, president of online software provider Printable Technologies, has been appointed CEO of the company. He adds expanded management responsibilities held previously by James Sullivan, who continues as company chairman. Printable has also announced that Joseph Manos has joined the company as vice president of sales. He previously served as vice president of sales for PrintChannel.com.

Buskro, a manufacturer of ink-jet imaging equipment, has appointed Michael Sproul to the role of president of its U.S. sales operation, Buskro USA.

Formac Electronic, ColorVision, a division of Datacolor, and Pantone Inc. have announced a special promotion that bundles the Spyder monitor calibrator from the Pantone ColorVision product line with the Formac Gallery 1740, a 17.4˝ flat-panel display.

Heidelberg and Day International have entered into an exclusive relationship. The manufacturer of gapless Sunday web presses and the supplier of blankets for those presses will work together to develop technology and programs that will reduce the cost of the gapless blankets while also improving performance. As an immediate result of the partnership, Day reduced the prices for cylindrical blankets for all Heidelberg gapless presses. Day and Heidelberg have also launched a cooperative research and development effort to pursue new gapless technology concepts.

Colter & Peterson has purchased the Harris-Seybold paper cutter parts division from Graphic Systems & Services.

The Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) celebrated its 20th anniversary this spring. GASC has an arsenal of trade shows including Graph Expo & Converting Expo, PRINT, the Charlotte Show and the Gutenberg Festival, as well as the VUE/Point conference.

Enovation Graphic Systems has named Al Eddy as national marketing manager. Prior to this appointment, Eddy was marketing development manager for programs and promotions at Fujifilm's Graphic Systems division. Also, James R. Clark has been appointed vice president of division business operations. In this new capacity, he is responsible for the operational management of the company. Clark most recently served as CFO for Graphic Systems, a position that he held for 10 years.

MAN Roland has developed a new approach to emergency press repairs that will decrease downtime by empowering press operators to fix most mechanical, electrical and procedural problems by themselves. Called TeleTech, the new offering connects printers to an expert group of technicians, called the Rapid Response Team (RRT). TeleTech service begins with a phone call from the facility with a printing problem to a response team member. The trouble-shooting expert discusses the problem with the press operator and narrows down the possible range of solutions. Once the problem is pinpointed, the on-phone technician usually can walk the press operator through the necessary repair steps without the need for a service call.
 

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