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January 2007
Ryobi Plans Third Press Manufacturing Facility

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN—Driven by strong U.S. and worldwide demand for mid-size offset printing presses, Ryobi Graphic Systems began construction on a new press manufacturing facility this month. The new facility will be the third at Ryobi’s Hiroshima East central production center. Ryobi officials said

the newest facility, Hiroshima East Plant 3, will be at full-scale operations in September 2007.

It will add another 99,000 square feet of manufacturing space and represents a total expected investment of $27 million. When the third facility is completed, Ryobi will have 314,000 square feet at its Hiroshima East operations, more than double the production capacity the press manufacturer had in March 2006.

John D. Brady, a 37-year employee of Sabin Robbins Paper, died in December following a battle with cancer. Mr. Brady was an executive vice president and member of the Sabin Robbins board of directors.

WorkflowOne of Dayton, OH, announced that IBM Corp. has selected the company as its supplier for custom-printed rolls and continuous forms to be used in high-speed IBM laser printers. WorkflowOne will produce and distribute the forms and 50˝ rolls under the IBM brand and market the supplies through its national sales organization.

Compass Capital Partners reports that Jim Russell is joining the firm as a partner. Based in Michigan, Russell will specialize in providing services to the document management industry. He has more than 20 years of experience managing and owning both a forms distribution business, as well as a commercial printing company.

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies presented the 2006 Harold W. Gegenheimer individual and corporate awards for industry service, respectively, to Gerald Clark of Graphics Microsystems and Baldwin Technology. The winners were presented with plaques at the recent annual conference, and NPES will contribute scholarships in their names to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.

ECRM promoted Doug Barr to vice president of sales, Western Hemisphere. A 30-year veteran of the graphic arts industry, Barr is now responsible for managing and coordinating all sales and dealer channel activities throughout North and South America. Prior to this appointment, Barr was director of sales, Latin America and Caribbean region.

Sakurai USA has named David Rose national sales manger to represent the Sakurai screen press product line in the U.S. and Canada. Also, Johnny Horton has joined the Sakurai Service Support Group.

Stora Enso recently promoted Chris Hooper and Jim Sheibley to vice president of product management and strategy development positions.

Printable Technologies and Pace Systems Group announced at Graph Expo the integration of the ePace print management system with Printable’s PrintOne Web-to-print solution.

Global Sourcing Solutions and ITI Capital have formed a partnership to create China Paper Holdings. The new company, based in Beijing with an office in New York City, will specialize in exporting paper to the United States and elsewhere. This includes book, publication, commercial printing, catalog, FSI grades, cut sheet and specialty grade papers from several independent Asian paper mills.

Ron Sams has been appointed vice president of newspaper sales for MAN Roland. He takes over the role from Vince Lapinski, who became CEO.

Sun Chemical announced that Greg Lawson will lead its publication and commercial ink businesses in North America, in addition to his role as president of US Ink, Sun Chemical’s news ink division. Lawson succeeds Michael Griem, who returns to the company’s European inks business unit.

xpedx has appointed Fred Towler to the position of vice president, procurement. He is now based at the company’s headquarters in Loveland, OH. Towler previously spent 20 years with International Paper.


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