After 50 years of service to the package print industry, Stephen Frantz, COO of Huston Patterson, has retired. Frantz’s career began on June 24, 1964, when he started as a pressman at Twin City Printing in Champaign, IL, and carried through positions at Kowa Graphics, Midland Litho, Printing Inc. and more.
One look at our 20-under-40 list of up-and-coming printing industry executives reveals several truisms. One, the family-owned printing company is not under siege; subsequent generations of men and women are being entrusted to continue the mom-and-pop shop (though we generally don't think of multimillion-dollar companies in mom-and-pop terms). Secondly, there is a solid core of young men and women at the helm of longstanding, successful companies.
Tonya Kowa-Morelli has been tapped as the new president of Huston Patterson in Decatur, IL. She succeeds Thomas W. Kowa, who will remain active at Huston Patterson serving as CEO and chairman of the board.
In an age when we are endlessly fascinated by all things electronic, it is refreshing to see appreciation for the timeless art of heavy iron manufacturing. A two-minute piece highlighting the capabilities of package printer Huston Patterson shot at its 110,000-square-foot plant in Decatur, IL, did just that when it appeared on the "Manufacturing Marvels" segment on FOX Business Network. The segment aired March 21 during "The Willis Report."
A recent episode of "Manufacturing Marvels" on the FOX Business Network highlights Huston Patterson’s KBA packaging technology and unique customer service. The segment was shot on location at Huston Patterson’s 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Decatur, IL, and shows the firm’s KBA sheetfed presses in action.
One of the longest strikes in Decatur (IL) history ended Friday with no settlement between printing company Huston Patterson and its production workers. The workers decided to end the strike after coming to the realization the situation was not going to change, said Bob Miller, secretary-treasurer for District Council 4 of the Graphic Communications Conference International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The strike ended 15 months after it started in June 2010 when 38 workers walked off the job in a contract dispute. Between 15 and 20 of them remained on the picket line but have decided to focus on their future elsewhere.
Sustainability and green printing news from Printing Impressions' August 2010 edition, featuring Berman Printing's Sustainability Expo.
The Label Printing Industries of America (LPIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new officers to the LPIA Board of Directors for 2009–2010. Serving as chairman of the board is Randy Hicks, vice president of operations, WS Packaging Group/SenecaSalem in Franklin, PA. Serving as vice chairman is Bernie Lacy, vice president, Litho Press Inc. in Indianapolis. The secretary/treasurer position will be held by Louis Iovoli, vice president of sales and marketing, Hammer Packaging Corporation, Rochester, NY. William J. Hickey, III will serve as the immediate past chairman. Bill is the president & CEO of Smyth Companies in Minneapolis.
Perfecting Press Doubles Production BRAINTREE, MA—A six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector press with aqueous coater has been added at G.H. Dean Printing, and it has been twice as productive as the older press it replaced, reports CEO Ken Michaud. The new machine, which is the second six-color SM 102 perfector at G.H. Dean, is turning a lot more jobs in a shorter time due to the high degree of automation. Founded in 1889, the all-Heidelberg shop is a third-generation, family owned commercial printing and direct mail business that serves a regional clientele comprised of advertising agencies, marketing, financial services and healthcare companies,
IT’S A MAN’S world. Or is it? For some women, infiltrating the “Good Ol’ Boys Club” long associated with printing has been extremely challenging. For others, gender hasn’t been that much of a factor when breaking into (and rising up in) this traditionally male-dominated business. However, like most businesswomen (no matter what the field), being female in a corporate world of suits and ties often requires women to be intuitive, intelligent and wise. Not so long ago, many women in printing were either part of a family owned business or were wives of print shop owners. Today, there are many independent women who start