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Members in the News – July/August 2023

By AICC Staff

July 10, 2023

Dan D’Angelo

Dan D’Angelo, vice president of sales at the Geo. M. Martin Co., retired May 26, and Jason Smith was promoted from national sales manager to vice president of sales, assuming D’Angelo’s position and responsibilities.

D’Angelo joined the company in 1986 as northeast regional sales manager and was promoted to vice president of sales in 2006.

“I’ve worked alongside Dan for many years,” said CEO George R. Martin. “He has been an asset to our company and a driving force behind our growth over the past 37 years. We wish him well in his retirement and future endeavors.”

“We are very pleased to promote Jason Smith to VP of sales,” added Martin. “He has been a dedicated associate for over 30 years. In that time, he has experienced all aspects of our business from engineering to service and sales. Jason has earned the trust of our customers and our sales team, and we look forward to his continued leadership in this new position.”

According to a company news release, D’Angelo plans to continue his role as a producer of Broadway and London Theater shows post-retirement.

Jason Smith

DS Smith completed an IT infrastructure upgrade at 11 of its U.S. packaging facilities.

According to a company news release, the upgrade included “integrated manufacturing execution system (MES), business intelligence (BI), and supply chain management solutions from Kiwiplan, a division of the manufacturing and distribution software company Advantive.”

“The brands and other companies we serve tell us reliability in their packaging supply chain is more important than ever before, as it has a tremendous impact in their planning and go-to-market strategies,” said Steven Rose, interim managing director, packaging, DS Smith NAPP. “The IT upgrade we have completed has been a key factor in our continued customer service success.”

Baldwin’s Guardian PQV 100% print inspection can be retrofitted to existing presses, machines, and transports (Image courtesy of Baldwin Technology.)

Baldwin Technology Co. attended and highlighted its products at two North American events in June.

First, the companypresented its “Complete Quality Control Solutions” at the High Security Printing Latin America Conference in Nassau, Bahamas, June 5–7.

The company’s exhibit included the company’s Guardian PQV print inspection camera systems, which can be mounted on products to perform print-quality inspection, verify variable data, and inspect “the most challenging print features,” according to a company news release.

“Our Complete Solutions provides security [to] printers with the ability to improve quality, manage defects, and add value to their product,” said Gerry Stanford, Baldwin’s global sales leader for security print. “Printers can also prevent future waste by monitoring and improving their processes with valuable performance data in hand.”

Later in June, Baldwin showcased its latest lineup of AMS Spectral UV brand industrial curing solutions at the 2023 Adhesives & Bonding Expo in Novi, Michigan, June 20–22.

In this exhibit, the company displayed its XP Quatro Series™, which “delivers double the available power of a standard LED solutions,” according to a company news release.

Kevin Joesel

In addition, Kevin Joesel, Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV industrial sales executive for the Americas, presented a session on “how Baldwin’s technology has revolutionized what’s needed for LED UV curing on both web and 3D objects the the use of ‘side-fire LEDs.’”

In May, Lewisburg Printing Co. celebrated Lewisburg Printing Company Day and was honored by proclamation in a presentation by the Mayor of Lewisburg, Tennessee, and Marshal County Dignitaries.

In presenting theLewisburg Printing Company Day proclamationMayor Bingham recognized the company’s corporate contribution, spanning over 120 years, to the community, excellence in servicing its clients, and its track record of growth.

Over 180 staff members and suppliers were in attendance to celebrate during a BBQ lunch cooked by Lewisburg Printing Co. CEO Hale Hawkins and his cooking crew. New t-shirts, hats, and vendor prizes were handed out as part of the event.

From left: Hale Hawkins, Lewisburg Printing Co. CEO; Bill Bailey, Neagle Freight Services representative; and Robert Heithaus Sr., Lewisburg Printing vice president of marketing. (Photo courtesy of Lewisburg Printing Co.)

A Vendor of the Year award was presented to Neagel Freight Services, as voted by plant supervisors for its support and service excellence in 2022. Athens Paper and Packaging and Prisco were the other finalists.

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), co-sponsored by AICC and the Fibre Box Association (FBA), nominated Dennis Colley and Pete Watson for induction into ICPF’s Circle of Distinguished Leaders.

Colley spent 35 years at International Paper, where he held management positions in mill operations, converting operations, global containerboard, and supply chain. He just recently retired from FBA, where he led the association as president and CEO for the past 12 years. He also managed the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA) as president and CEO since 2016.

Watson retired in 2022 after 22 years with Greif Inc. He served as executive chairman, president, and CEO since 2015 and held multiple other leadership roles during his time with the company. Prior to his time with Greif, he served as vice president and general manager at Concept Packaging Group and general manager for Union Camp Corporation. Watson also served on the FBA board of directors and was chairman of the association from 2015 to 2016.

The Circle of Distinguished Leaders program honors exceptional individuals whose vision, creativity, and energy have moved the corrugated industry forward.