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Members in the News — March/April 2020

By AICC Staff

March 12, 2020


Rick Pallante

Baumer hhs promoted Rick Pallante to president of its U.S. and Canada subsidiary.

“Rick will continue to guide and grow our new and core businesses, and we are pleased to promote him to this important position,” said Baumer Managing Director Percy Dengler.

Pallante will be responsible for managing sales, service, and marketing activities for all U.S.- and Canadian-based business segments, while continuing business development activities for Baumer’s end-of-line packaging business.


David Schwerdtmann

Durst hired David Schwerdtmann and Dennis Eaves to its North American team, both as regional sales managers for the company’s label and specialty packaging business.

“Focused on developing and building relationships with label printer converters in North America, David and Dennis bring to Durst extensive career experience which includes various areas and applications within the labels and packaging industry,” said Richard Thomas, Durst’s director of North America digital business initiative for label and package printing.

Schwerdtmann brings with him experience at several industry digital label and packaging companies, particularly pertaining to prepress, conventional offset printing, and digital production.


Dennis Eaves

Eaves, who has more than 30 years of experience in the packaging industry, has held roles such as digital sales manager and district and national sales manager at other industry companies.

In other Durst news, Durst North America hired Steve Lynn as a director.

“Steve is a highly motivated team player with experience in leading large scale, complex, technical solution sales including hardware, software, services, and consumables,” said Tim Saur, CEO and managing director of Durst North America.


Steve Lynn

Among Lynn’s responsibilities will be developing Durst’s software suite and focusing on the expanding digital markets of narrow web and corrugate, while supporting contributed product expansion of the company’s traditional wide-format segment.

Koenig & Bauer Durst hosted more than 100 attendees to kick off AICC’s E-Commerce Xperience at a pre-reception event at its corporate headquarters in Dallas, which included a spread of authentic Texas fare, networking opportunities, and a group of technical experts to answer questions.

After Koenig & Bauer received an appreciation plaque from AICC President Mike D’Angelo, Koenig & Bauer Durst Managing Director Robert Stabler addressed the crowd: “We congratulate you on joining this important seminar where you’ll learn more about the newest trends in e-commerce. … There is so much at stake in our quickly developing digital packaging market.”

D’Angelo was grateful for the support the event garnered, as well as for its outcome: “We thank Koenig & Bauer Durst for hosting and welcoming our attendees in Dallas. The goal of the AICC E-Commerce Xperience was to bring together subject-matter experts, brand owners, converters, and suppliers to go in-depth on how best to be successful in this dynamic market. Entrepreneurial AICC members met and learned from the disrupters and challengers of retail, design, and box business status quo.”

Koenig & Bauer’s Rapida 106 increased productivity by 30%, boosted customer satisfaction, and helped decrease make-ready times by 50%, all for commercial printing company Cedar Graphics.

“Our make-ready times have decreased by 50%, and we’ve seen a reduction in make-ready stock by 35% to 40%,” said Cedar Graphic Production Manager Scott Burnett. “We’ve also been able to eliminate two shifts (four operators) and repurpose those employees in our digital pressroom, thus allowing us much needed capacity in that area.”

Container Graphics Corp. (CGC) promoted Oscar Roque to vice president and regional manager of the company’s northeast region, following the retirement of William “Bill” Beaker.

Roque has led the company’s international exports for more than 20 years and will continue that responsibility in his new role, in addition to his new responsibilities as regional manager. “I have worked with Oscar for many years and look forward to his leadership over this important division of CGC,” said CGC President and CEO Neil Saunders.

Beaker began his career in 1977 at Tech Steel Rule Die in Marysville, Mich., and, until his retirement, worked for CGC after the company bought Tech Steel Rule Die in 1982. He held roles such as production manager, sales manager, general manager, and regional manager and was a member of CGC’s board of directors.