New UV Web Press Off to Big Start at MCW Printing
LOUISVILLE, KY—After a year of preparation, MCW Printing debuted its new Manugraph DGM 440 web offset press equipped with UV curing capabilities. MCW is a publications printer and publisher that produces 45 monthly regional farming and equipment magazines.
According to Philip Blair, general manager, pre-installation work included floor reconstruction, putting in new electrical transformers, installing a new air conditioning unit for the renovated pressroom, purchasing new software and numerous other upgrades.
MCW Printing held an open house to celebrate the launch of the new press, and hundreds of printers from a three-state area attended the event and got to see the new Manugraph DGM in action.
Padgett Open House Celebrates 12-Color Press
DALLAS—To celebrate the arrival of its new 12-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102 12-P press, Padgett Printing hosted an open house with the theme of “Twelve—A New Perspective.” The celebration was attended by Padgett customers and prospects, as well as the company’s owners, executives and sales team. Heidelberg President Jim Dunn was also there and made a presentation about the new 12-color press, outlining its capabilities.
Padgett Printing is a full-service provider, offering both sheetfed and web printing, desktop publishing, electronic prepress, short-run/custom digital printing and mailing services.
Sappi Honors International Printers of The Year
BOSTON—The Sappi International Printers of the Year awards is where printers from around the world are honored for their craftsmanship and print excellence. The competition attracts more than 6,000 entries. This year, 32 finalists from 12 countries competed across nine categories, which were judged by an independent panel of print experts.
One printer from the United States received a 2007 Sappi award. Insync Marketing Solutions (formerly Graphic Press), City of Commerce, CA, won in the Brochures category for its entry, “2007 Escalade Big Book,” which was recognized by the judges for its “well-controlled depth of color...good use of short insert sheets. . .and the obvious extra work in the prepress preparation.”
Walle Corp., a label supplier to the beverage, food and household products industry, has appointed Sean Keeney to succeed (his grandfather) Cecil Keeny as CEO. Cecil Keeny, who purchased the Harahan, LA-based company in 1980, is retiring after 25 years of service with Walle Corp.
Willem Nieuwboer has been appointed as the new chief technology officer and vice president of GFX International, Grayslake, IL. Before joining GFX, a marketing-at-retail design and production firm, Nieuwboer worked with Fortune 100 companies including Adidas, Perrier, Coca-Cola, Apple, Disney and IBM.
Two key additions have been made to the executive team at Travel Tags, a plastic card printer based in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Dennis Carlson has joined the company as the new vice president of sales. Dave Gilbert has joined as vice president of business development.
The Printing & Publishing Council of New England (PPCNE) announced that Catherine “Kitty” St. Sauveur, president of Boston-based Alliance Print Group, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Ben Franklin Award. The award was presented to St. Sauveur, who is the second woman to ever win the award, at an industry awards gala earlier this month.
The sales team of Dallas-based Padgett Printing has a new representative: Kevin Wood, a 15-year commercial printing industry veteran whose most recent position was with George Rice & Sons.
Connie Smith has been promoted to vice president and controller at Upper Valley Press in North Haverhill, NH. Smith first joined the newspaper and advertising printer as accounting manager and a member of its senior management team in 1997.
Several promotions have been announced at Kansas City, MO-based Henry Wurst Inc. Rich Marino is the new Southeastern region sales manager. Daniel Davis is the new Eastern region sales manager. And Lynn Creech has been promoted to sales manager overseeing internal sales.
Cincinnati-based Bramkamp Printing has hired Larry Scott as a customer service representative.
Robert Sternau, former manager of sales and marketing at CGI North America, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of sales at Mahwah, NJ-based Ramsey Press.
Signature Offset, Boulder, CO, has named David Mercier as director of sales and marketing. Mercier comes to Signature from Swift Communications, where he served as advertising director of the Summit Daily News in Frisco, CO. The company also hired Kim Grace as its newest outside sales rep, responsible for the company’s Colorado territory, which also covers parts of four other states.
The Ben Franklin Society, an honor society affiliated with the PIA/GATF, has named Daneise Archer as the 2007 Naomi Berber Memorial Award recipient. The Berber Award recognizes the contributions of women to the graphic communications industry. A 34-year graphic arts veteran, Archer is president of Arco Ideas & Design in Cartersville, GA.
In anticipation of the new business that will be created as the result of a recently installed 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster, Fineline Printing Group of Indianapolis has hired Gil Manco as a customer service representative and Trent Dial as an account manager. Fineline provides commercial printing, direct mail and e-business solutions to clients that include Eli Lilly & Co., Rolls Royce and Honda Motors. PI