Pitman Co., an independent graphic arts supplier, announced the merger of its Eastern Pennsylvania operations, located in Exton, PA, with the H. David Siegfried Co., located in Philadelphia. The combined company will be located in Exton.
Facilities that run MAN Roland sheetfed models can cost-effectively enhance the reliability of their pressrooms by participating in a remanufactured pump and blower program that the pressmaker launched recently. Designed as an alternative to the costly replacement of a new pump, the remanufactured initiative features rebuilds by OEM authorized rebuilder Rietschle/Thomas. The program covers most models, including Becker pumps.
Neenah Paper recently completed a tax-free spin-off from Kimberly-Clark. Neenah Paper common stock began trading on a standalone basis December 1, 2004. The new public company includes Neenah Paper, a premium writing, text and cover business; Technical Paper, a producer of durable, saturated and coated base papers; and a Canadian pulp business.
Gina Testa, vice president, Customer Business Development, Worldwide Graphic Communications Industry Business, Xerox Corp., was appointed as the marketing committee chairperson for the Print Council, a business development industry alliance dedicated to promote the greater use of print media. Testa will be responsible for overseeing the council's marketing activities including media relations, advertising and promotion and direct mail.
Friedrich Lüllau, managing director of basysPrint, has left the company to pursue other interests. Dr. Horst Steppat was assigned to take his place as managing director. Dr. Steppat worked for various prepress manufacturers in the past, including Heidelberg.
Mohawk Paper Mills has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Fine Papers Business from International Paper. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. In other Mohawk news, Lynn McCarthy has been named district sales manager for Metro New York and New Jersey.
Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a wide range of products used to print packages, documents and currency that incorporate security measures. The unit will also market forensic security systems to ensure authenticity of the products themselves. John Luppino, general manager, will lead Sun Chemical Security.