American Firms Win High Honors

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY—Winners of the Sappi International Printers of the Year awards for 2006 were announced at a gala event held here at the Museum of Applied Arts. The nine winners were chosen from 33 finalists in the following categories: annual reports, books, brochures, calendars, catalogs, general print, magazines, packaging and labels, and printer’s own promotion.

North American firms bringing home the cast bronze elephant trophy included Nahan Printing, St. Cloud, MN, for its Bergdorf Goodman Magazine Resort/Holiday 2005 in the magazines category and Cenveo Anderson Lithograph, City of Commerce, CA, for the 2006 Cadillac XLR brochure in the brochures category.

Tom Bayer, previously a manager for commercial press installations for Goss International, has been promoted to Southeast district sales manager for Goss commercial web and print finishing products. He replaces N. Joseph Romain who will retire after 32 years of service.

Day International, a manufacturer and distributor of consumable products, plans to establish a new technology, manufacturing and training center to support its Chemical Products division serving Varn customers in the Americas. Over the next several months, the division will consolidate its current R&D and manufacturing operations, and relocate them to the new facility in Batavia, IL.

All outstanding shares of Smith RPM, a Lenexa, KS-based manufacturer of web offset press dampening and blanket cleaning systems, have been purchased by a group of key employees and Swedish firm Evello Marin AB. Dennis Schupp is the new company president and Jessie Brunk is now vice president.

Stora Enso has appointed Claus Wich as vice president of purchasing and logistics for the North American region. Nancy Nyberg has been tapped for the position of merchant sales director, East. Also, the company reports Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of its Productolith coated printing paper. All Productolith gloss, dull and matte sheet shipments are now FSC-certified.

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