Upfront 8-01August 2001
Houk Endorsed for Public Printer
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Robert Houk received the Printing Industries of America's (PIA) endorsement to return to the Public Printer post he held from 1990 to 1993. Houk, a past inductee into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, also served as PIA board chairman from 1987 to 1988. The Public Printer is in charge of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and is nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Premier Print Holdings Relocates
MEMPHIS, TN—Premier Print Holdings, formerly known as Master Graphics, has moved its base of operations from Memphis, TN, to Charlotte, NC. Calvin W. Aurand Jr., company chairman and CEO, notes that Charlotte is more centrally located to its various operating divisions.
Heidelberg Web Opens Center
DOVER, NH—Heidelberg Web Systems has opened a new training center at its headquarters here, replacing a former center in Nashville, TN. The move has enhanced educational opportunities by bundling training, engineering and manufacturing functions into one location.
Barbee Takes Helm at K/P Corp.
SAN RAMON, CA—Rich Barbee has been named president and CEO of K/P Corp., replacing Jim Knapp, who will maintain a seat on the company's board of directors. Barbee most recently served as president of operations for Hart Graphics, of Austin, TX, which went out of business in April. Barbee previously spent 18 years with R.R. Donnelley & Sons.
PIA Seeks New Energy Policy
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Printing Industries of America (PIA) is urging industry and government leaders to hammer out an effective and encompassing national energy policy in response to the current crisis. PIA and its members joined the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, which is urging national lawmakers to reform U.S. domestic energy policy.
Managers Acquire Continental
MONTEREY PARK, CA—Digital imaging specialist Continental Colorcraft has been acquired by longtime employees Linda Kristensen-Clarke and Andy Scheidegger. Kristensen-Clarke, who was vice president of sales and marketing, will serve as vice president. Scheidegger, formerly vice president of operations, is now president.
Papers Inc. Orders CROMOMAN
MILFORD, IN—The Papers Inc. has placed the first North American order for the MAN Roland four-page CROMOMAN 50 web offset press. The Papers Inc. ordered a 32-couple coldset shaftless press.
Kile Part Owner at Petersen
SOUTH BEND, IN—Michael Kile, president and CEO of Petersen Graphics Group, has acquired partial ownership of the firm that is co-owned by Marc and Eric Petersen. Kile has been with Petersen for nearly 14 years and has 24 years of industry experience.