Heidelberg honored the winners of the national 2002 SkillsUSA Championships for graphic communications during Graph Expo. Winners Emily Bawn and Tracey Steinkraus and their instructors were honored at a dinner on October 6. The honorees also received complimentary passes to the trade show. Later this fall, Heidelberg will install a two-color Printmaster QM 46 press at the schools Bawn and Steinkraus were enrolled in at the time of the competition. Both winners were also awarded a $1,000 scholarship and learning materials on behalf of the Heidelberg Print Media Academy.

Edward Barr has announced his intention to retire as chairman of Sun Chemical Group on January 1, 2003. He will be succeeded by Wes Lucas, the company’s current president and CEO. Barr will continue as Sun Chemical’s designated senior director of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, the company’s prepress joint venture with Eastman Kodak.

A saddle stitching system with automated makeready capabilities will be producing books at GATF’s technical center before the year is out. Muller Martini is installing a Prima AMRYS stitcher in the foundation’s production center to enhance the group’s research and training capabilities. The system will be configured with six pockets and a cover feeder. A commissioning event will be conducted after the system begins its research and training tasks at the foundation.

Presstek Inc. announced that John Ellis has joined the company as eastern region DI business manager. Ellis is now responsible for supporting the xpedx Import Group and the Ryobi 3404DI press in the east. Most recently, he was responsible for sales of electronic imaging equipment to printers at Northeastern Graphic Supply.

Brackett Inc. was recently purchased by its president and CEO, J.M. “Mike” Murray, and his wife Shirley. Brackett creates, builds and distributes a wide variety of bindery equipment for padding, chipboard inserting, stripping, as well as paper jogging.

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