NewPage Paper Machine Shutdown Leads to Layoffs
RUMFORD, ME—NewPage is indefinitely shutting down a coated paper machine at its mill here, which will cause the company to lay off 120 of its 830 employees in February, the Sun Journal reported. The move is being attributed to the continued year-over-year decline of coated shipments and significant increases in imports from Western Europe.
The machine in question is the mill's No. 12 paper machine, which produces coated paper that is used in catalogs and magazines. A NewPage spokesman told the newspaper that the mill produces about 550,000 tons of coated paper per year.
While only 25 people actually work on the No. 12 machine, the shutdown impacts various aspects of the entire mill. The personnel moves will be executed purely on seniority, per the labor agreement.
Another Fire Strikes Quad's Lomira Plant
LOMIRA, WI—A Thursday morning fire at the Quad/Graphics plant here was quickly extinguished by employees, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The facility was evacuated and there were no injuries.
Emergency crews responded to the two million-square-foot plant around 11:15 a.m. While there were early reports of an explosion, the fire was put out through the efforts of Quad's employees, along with the building's fire sprinkler system, the Journal Sentinel said. The fire department was called in accordance with Quad's safety protocol, spokesperson Claire Ho told the paper.
In 2002, the Lomira plant suffered a horrific fire that claimed the life of a contracted worker and left a 10-story storage warehouse in ruins.
Press Acquisition Caps New Digital Studio for GLS
BROOKLYN PARK, MN—GLS Cos., a printing and digital marketing services provider, recently finished the installation of an HP Indigo 10000 to complete its new Digital Studio.
In celebration of the grand opening, CEO Gary Garner and President/COO Jayme Wisely participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "After months of research, planning and hard work by many committed individuals, it is with great pride that the GLS Digital Studio is open and running smoothly at its full capacity," Garner said. "We are thrilled to be able to bring forth the latest technology in our industry and all the benefits it has to offer our customers.”
The HP Indigo 10000 digital press boasts a larger sheet size of 20x29.5˝, and claims to provide offset-matching print quality with superior color and detail, as well as high production speeds with variable data capabilities. It is said to be the first fully operational Indigo 10000 in the Twin Cities.
In addition to the HP Indigo 10000, the Digital Studio operates two smaller digital presses, an HP Indigo 7500 and an HP Indigo 5000, along with several finishing stations.
PIA Names 2014 Officers, Board of Directors
PITTSBURGH—Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced the election of its 2014 officers and board of directors. The installation ceremony took place on Nov. 17, at the PIA’s Fall Administrative Meetings held in Chicago. They are:
Chairman of the Board—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an officer on the PIA’s board and a member of the executive committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the education committee chairman from 2009–2011, and is a current finance committee member. Ekstein’s local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.
First Vice Chairman—David Olberding, Phototype, Cincinnati
David Olberding has served PIA as second vice chairman, executive and finance committee member, secretary to the board, and as marketing committee chairman. At the local level, he has donated a great amount of design work to Printing Industries of Ohio • Northern Kentucky, currently serving as their chair of the education committee.
Second Vice Chairman—Bradley Thompson, Inland Press, Detroit
Bradley Thompson is a past chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan and currently serves as chairman of both the Government Affairs and labor policy committees of PIA. He is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Press Association and serves as Government Affairs chair of the America Court and Commercial Newspaper Association.
Secretary to the Board—Curt Kreisler, Gold Star Printers, Miami Beach, FL
Curt Kreisler’s association and civic duties for Printing Industries of America include serving the board of directors and the executive committee. Currently, he is serving as the chair of the association relations committee and a member of the investment committee. Kreisler has been actively involved in serving his local affiliate, Printing Association of Florida, as a board member and later as the chairman of the board.
Treasurer—Michael Wurst, Henry Wurst Inc., Kansas City, MO
Michael Wurst is treasurer of PIA and a longstanding association relations committee member. Wurst is also actively involved in his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, serving on the executive committee for four years, including one year as chair. He is the CEO of Henry Wurst Inc.
Immediate Past Chair—Timothy Burton, Burton & Mayer, Menomonee Falls, WI
Timothy Burton is president and chairman of the board of Burton & Mayer, celebrating 75 years of business in 2013. Burton is a past chairman of the board of the Printing Industries of America board of directors, serving the association relations committee, investment committee, and finance committee. He is currently a director and past chairman of the board for Great Lakes Graphics Association.
Also joining the board of directors in 2014 are: Chip Smith, Marshall and Bruce Company, Nashville, TN, representing Printing Industry Association of the South; Chris Feryn, Premier Press, Portland, OR, representing PPI Association; and David Radziej, Printing Industry Midwest, Roseville, MN, representing the affiliate managers.
HP Reduces Omaha Workforce as Part of Restructuring
OMAHA, NE—HP has laid off roughly 100 employees in November as part of a corporate restructuring plan announced in May of 2012, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The workers were employed in the company's Personal and Printing Systems division.
Most of the impacted workers were offered the chance to relocate within HP.
Corporate CEO Meg Whitman announced in 2012 that HP would trim 27,000 jobs—8 percent of its total workforce—in an effort to save more than $3 billion.
The Personal and Printing Systems division supplies personal computing equipment, printing supplies and hardware. The division reported an 8 percent year-over-year revenue dip in the quarter ending July 31, the newspaper said.
Valenta, 69, Former President of Eltosch America, Passes
MANITOWISH WATERS, WI—Rudy Valenta, a 45-year printing industry veteran, passed away at 69 years of age at his home here on Nov. 8. He was most recently president of Eltosch America in Brookfield, WI.
"Rudy Valenta came to Eltosch America in 2001 where he spent the next seven years until his retirement in July of 2008," said Niels Frederiksen, president, Adphos North America. "During this time, as president, he utilized his many years of experience and knowledge of the industry and technology to guide the company and employees through a transition to new owners, and through both up’s and down’s in the market. Rudy, who had grown up in the printing industry, from pressman to president, had an unprecedented knowledge that he was only too willing to share with everyone—and everyone could turn to him for advice and support. We will miss Rudy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family."
Prior to joining Eltosch, Mr. Valenta was senior product manager for sheetfed presses at manroland and its predecessor company, Rockwell International/Miehle in Westmont, IL, where he was previously manager of Miehle’s Demonstration and Training Center. Valenta got his start as a pressman and was later promoted to lead pressman for Unique Printers & Lithographers in Cicero, IL, where he honed his trade.
Mr. Valenta was elected president of the Lithographer’s Club of Chicago in 2001, and for nearly 10 years, served on the entertainment committee and on the board of directors.
A former resident of Orland Park, IL, he is survived by his wife Char; two sons, Bill (Gretchen) and Steve (Samantha); granddaughter Aubrianna; and a brother, Michael.