Pitman Co. has signed a letter of intent to purchase certain assets of fellow graphic arts supplier Litho Development and Research (LDR). The assets to be acquired include LDR's sales and distribution facilities in the Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Denver markets.
Ten Heidelberg USA regional sales and service offices have reached ISO 9002 certification. The certified offices include Hayward, CA; Rancho Dominguez, CA; Kennesaw, GA; Mt. Prospect, IL; Columbia, MD; Canton, MA; Taylor, MI; Eden Prairie, MN; Cranbury, NJ; and Dallas.
Technotrans America has announced the optimization of its sheetfed division service group in order to increase customer orientation. The company has centralized all of its sheetfed service and support functions at its Corona, CA, headquarters.
John T. Heald Jr. has been elected CEO of Baldwin Technology. He has served as a director of the company since 1996, before being named president and COO in March 2001. Former Baldwin CEO Gerald A. Nathe will continue to serve as chairman of the company.
Mark Pellman has been promoted to marketing manager for Baum dealers and special products. Pellman joined Baumfolder in 1983 in the design engineering department and had been promoted to director of new product development, then sales engineer.
Fox River Paper announced that Daniel D. King is the company's new CEO, succeeding Robert C. Buchanan, who will remain chairman of the board of directors. King, who was serving as president and COO, assumes the new dual role of president and CEO.
Southwest Plastic Binding has opened a new 40,000-square-foot warehouse in St. Louis. The new facility doubles the size of the company's previous Missouri warehouse.
As part of its "Ideas That Matter" program, Sappi Ltd. has awarded $1 million to graphic artists around the world to design projects for the non-profit organizations of their choice. Since "Ideas That Matter" was introduced in 1999, Sappi has granted $1 million a year—$400,000 in both North America and Europe, $200,000 in South Africa—to chosen designers to create materials for community organizations. Each designer is eligible for a grant of up to $50,000. To learn more about this program, visit www.sappi.com.