Ned Lutz has joined the sales staff of Daniels Graphics, Asheville, NC. Lutz formerly was employed by Signature Press, whose assets Daniels Graphics has acquired. The addition of Signature's large-format offset presses will enhance Daniels Graphics' existing offset and digital printing capabilities.
NAPL's Printing Business Index (PBI), the graphic communications industry trade association's broadest measure of print activity, reached a near record 61.5 in September. This marks the fourth consecutive increase for the PBI and the 27th month that the index has been above the critical 50.0 mark—the point at which more printers report activity is picking up than report activity is slowing down. For the same period, however, readings on confidence and expectations were at their lowest levels since the industry recovery began in the second half of 2003.
The Research & Engineering Council of NAPL has named Vincent Pinzone, senior vice president and general manager of Sandy Alexander Inc., the 2005 Pressroom Operations Manager of the Year. The annual award, established in 2002, recognizes excellence in pressroom production management.
Home Mountain Printing, Valparaiso, IN, reports that Jan Tuman has joined the company as a customer service representative. Also, Anthony Manning has been hired as an account rep.
Transcontinental Printing, Montreal, announced the appointment of François Olivier as president of the Information Products Printing Sector. Mainly handling printing for publishers, the $714 million information products sector has 25 plants and nine service centers in Canada and Mexico, and employs close to 5,000 people. Olivier replaced Serge Bragdon, who left the company in October.