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Members in the News – September/October 2023

By AICC Staff

September 13, 2023

Tonya Kowa-Morelli

Huston Patterson and Lewisburg Printing Co. recently promoted Tonya Kowa-Morelli to chief operating officer.

Previously, Kowa-Morelli served as Huston Patterson’s president since 2014, and after the company merged with Lewisburg Printing, she led companywide integration teams, board-level integration, and the implementation of EOS across the company’s five locations.

“Tonya possesses the rare ability to think, plan, and execute strategically. And she does that with a spirit of helpfulness and encouragement, embodying our core values and motivating those around her,” said CEO Hale Hawkins. “We are incredibly fortunate to have her leadership at Huston Patterson and Lewisburg Printing Company.”

Baldwin Technology’s latest PrintEnomic$ e-book focuses on sheet-fed and web offset printers.

Baldwin Technology Co. Inc. has launched its Video Didn’t Kill the Radio Star. And Digital Didn’t Kill Print e-book, as part of a new set of resources for sheet-fed and web offset printers.

Through interviews with customers, industry insiders, in-house engineers, and reviews of the latest reporting, Baldwin explores four trends in the e-book:

  • The resurgence in book publishing
  • Labor challenges
  • Direct mail marketing as a cure for screen fatigue
  • Sustainability

The e-book is available through the company’s PrintEnomic$ website, which also contains other e-books, videos, podcasts, and instructional guides.

In other Baldwin news, according to a company news release, TimsonsCPI is developing new, upgraded, and retrofitted presses to meet the demands of a return to growth in book publishing with the assistance of Baldwin Technology.

“With Baldwin technology we are able to make major improvements in the design, health and safety, and productivity,” said Matthew Baldwin, director of TimsonsCPI. “As the physical book business has returned to growth, publishers will be looking for printers that can provide speed, quality, and value.” Baldwin components at TimsonsCPI include its Impact Fusion CW™ Blanket Wash system, its LEDUV X0+ system, its World 3 Spray Dampening system, and its Ribbon Control system.

Bob Chapman

In further Baldwin news, according to a company news release, it has allowed Bradford & Bigelow to see greater efficiency on its Manroland Goss Lithoman IV press, which is equipped with Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV LED-curing system.

“This breakthrough technology was possible because Bradford & Bigelow, Manroland Goss, Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV, and Universal Color worked together as a team to ensure its success,” Bradford & Bigelow CEO John Galligan said. “And yes, the team is delighted with the results!”

In even more Baldwin news, Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, Baldwin’s parent company, delivered the opening keynote for at CorrExpo 2023, August 28–30 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Ohio.

His address, which opened the event Tuesday, August 29, was themed “Truly Human Leadership: The Skills and Courage to Care.”

Brian Fitch

SUN Automation Group hired Bryan Fitch as its technical sales manager for North America.

Fitch brings with him extensive experience in the corrugated industry. He has led five corrugated plants in five different states, gaining hands-on experience in everything from managing the electrical and foundational installation of equipment to purchasing and directing the development of new production lines.

“He’s an expert in all things corrugated and knows what it takes to make a successful operation,” said SUN Executive Vice President Greg Jones. “His extensive knowledge combined with his commitment to improvement make him an asset that we are excited to add to our employee-owned team and to serve our customers.”

In other SUN news, the company has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Barcelona, Spain-based AL-GAR, making SUN the exclusive representative of all AL-GAR products and support throughout the United States and Canada.

“By partnering with AL-GAR, SUN continues to expand its capabilities and presence around the world,” said Jones. “On behalf of our board, senior leadership team, and our employee-owners, we welcome AL-GAR to the SUN family.”

BOBST will participate in the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers’ (FEFCO) Technical Seminar, October 25–27 in Lyon, France.

The well-established biannual event is presented under the title “Shaping our future through innovation.”

“The theme of the upcoming FEFCO Technical Seminar aligns exactly with BOBST’s own strategy and vision for the future of corrugated production,” said David Arnaud, BOBST’s product marketing director. “For BOBST, this is therefore the perfect opportunity to showcase our comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions, digital offering, and services.”

Peter Mulheran

Eaglewood Technologies promoted Peter J. Mulheran to president of the Minneapolis-based anilox and parts cleaning business.

In his prior position of vice president and general manager, Mulheran was instrumental in the development of the Sitexco Laser Systems with Spanish partner TEG Technologies.

As a result of the promotion, Pete F. Mulheran and Mary Mulheran will take over the roles of co-chairs of Eaglewood Technologies. “We are delighted that Peter will be carrying on our family business,” Pete said.

Apex International hosted a Repro Supplier Meet on July 26 at its production facility in Sinnar, India.

According to a company news release, the one-day event was well-attended by leading reprographic and plate suppliers across India. The informative event was dedicated to highlighting the challenges faced by repro houses in relation to anilox technology.

“In light of the current and future trends in flexography, it has become increasingly evident that a high level of integrity is required among key stakeholders in the flexo ecosystem,” said Mangesh Bhise, director sales, Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Durst’s P5 350 HS press at Albert Basse Associates’ facility in Stoughton, Massachusetts.]

Stoughton, Massachusetts-based Albert Basse Associates Inc. (ABA) recently installed a Durst P5 350 HS press.

According to a Durst news release, ABA is seeing results. “The press has been a real game-changer and has opened up markets and volume that we could not have achieved otherwise,” said ABA President Albert “Chip” Basse III. “Due to size and speed constraints in the past, we had to pass up many opportunities with existing and new accounts. With the P5, we are now able to offer our clients improved quality and larger size output, and also improved lead times and turnaround. Ease of use, quick setups, incredible quality and performance.”

In other Durst news, Accu-Label Inc., based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, installed their second Durst Tau RSCi press.

“With close to 100% capacity on the first unit, it was time to add a second. Capacity and redundancy are such an integral part of our process, and we need the quick-turn, fast-speed, and high-quality abilities of the RSCi to open our business to faster turn labels,” said DJ Manning, Accu-Label production manager. “Repeatability of color and quality is a large plus to the RSCi. On top, we are seeing eight-hour shifts with 70 to 80,000 feet of product through with no down time for cleaning or maintenance.”