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Members in the News — May/June 2020

By AICC Staff

May 20, 2020


Jimmie Andrew “Jim” Johnson

It’s with a heavy heart that AICC learned of the passing of Jimmie Andrew “Jim” Johnson, former president and owner of Progress Container Corp.

“He loved his children dearly and led with his faith in Christ,” said Jimmie Johnson Jr. “Each child felt as if they were special to him. His work ethic and faith taught them the values that would sustain them in their own lives.”

Johnson, a longtime member of AICC and in the industry overall, and beyond work, an active role model in his community and church, is survived by his wife Jane; his children Janna Johnson, Jimmie Johnson Jr., Jo Johnson, and Jill J. Barnes; sisters Ruth J. Smith, Brenda J. Robbins, and brother-in-law Marvin Burton; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Two printers recently installed Durst equipment in their facilities. First, Bluemedia, a Tempe, Arizona-based large-format printing company, added a new Durst Rho 312R large-format printer and a Rhotex 325 textile printer to its facility. Next, Australian printer Wagner Prestige Labels installed a Durst Tay 330 RSC E inkjet label production press.

In other Durst news, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was able to resume production of its Tau line of label presses in late April, and it expected lead times on new equipment to be back to more normal levels by June.


Evandro Matteucci

EFI named Evandro Matteucci its new vice president and general manager of the company’s Almassora, Spain-based building materials and packaging business. The role also includes directing operations for EFI’s new Cubik line of single-pass printers.

“I am … very pleased to welcome Evandro into his new role, where he will deliver sound, customer-focused management advantages that reflect his extensive print technology expertise,” said EFI Chair and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “I know he will make a significant impact as we continue to bring more productivity, value, and innovation to the markets we serve.”

Greif elected PolyOne Corp. Chair, President, and CEO Robert M. Patterson to its board of directors.

“Bob’s deep financial and global operational experience will be a valuable asset to Greif,” said Mike Gasser, Chair of the company’s board. “The values Bob has helped to instill at PolyOne—collaboration, innovation, and excellence—and his customer-centric mentality make him an ideal board member, and we are honored to have him join us.”


SUN Automation Group celebrated 35 years on continuous operation in early May. The company virtually celebrated with its employee-owners around the world.

“As we step into our 35th year amidst a global pandemic, SUN reflects on the resilience of its employees, the company, and the corrugated industry,” said SUN Automation Group President Chris Kyger. “It’s remarkable to consider that since 1985, SUN Automation has supported corrugated converters through three wars, two recessions, many natural disasters, and now the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. We intend to continue to support the industry for years to come.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Advantzware set a maximum exchange rate for all its Mexican and Canadian customers through the end of this year for any customer under maintenance, including all license and support fees. In addition, the company moved all operations to be home-based and asked its employees to stay in place until it’s deemed safe to return to the office environment.

“Advantzware maintains a sole focus on our customers, employees, and partners, which encourages us to help them stay safe, while ensuring business continuity and affordability over the balance of the year,” said Jay Farr, CEO of Advantzware. “Be safe and know that we will be here when you need us now and into the future.”


Xante’s Excelagraphix 4800

Landmark Packaging installed two Xante Excelagraphix 4800 digital package printers at its facility in Aurora, Colorado. The printer runs at up to 12 inches per second and can turn out full-color, fully customized pieces at speeds of 416 24-inch sheets per hour.

“The Excelagraphix provides an alternative to flexo printing,” said Mark Swanzy, Xante’s chief operating officer, “and the success that Landmark has experienced with it is a testimony to its capability.”