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3C! Packaging Continues its Expansion to Indiana

CLAYTON, NC—October 14, 2014—3C! Packaging has expanded its operations to Evansville, Indiana to better serve Midwestern clients. The company specializes in pharmaceutical packaging solutions, including the design and manufacture of custom folding cartons, printed literature, inserts/outserts, labels/foils and unit dose applications.

The new Evansville operation is now open and serving southwestern Indiana. The expansion is expected to improve customer face-time, expedite front-end solutions and highlight 3C! Packaging's full portfolio of premium packaging solutions. Manufacturing is also expected to begin at the Indiana location soon.

Similarly to the Evansville expansion, 3C! Packaging opened a Northeast Corridor showroom in Philadelphia in 2010. That facility has since expanded to include full design/graphic capabilities, a sample-making area and an integrated customer service department offering first-hand experience of 3C!’s day-to-day operations.

“We sensed an opportunity in the Midwest to successfully expand our operations and realize increased market share,” said Sparky Cullen, vice president of finance for 3C! Packaging. “In Evansville, we found a city whose business-friendly infrastructure and skilled workforce made for an attractive base for Midwest operations.”  

3C! Packaging manufactures an array of primary and secondary printed packaging components, primarily targeting the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout its growth, 3C! has increased its quantity of presses, feeders, folders, and insert placing machines. To celebrate its recent 35th anniversary, the company debuted its enhanced printed foil lidding for blisters, and printed foil sachets. The company has also received certification from the PANTONE Certified Printer Program.

Fabrico Offers OSHA HCS Labeling Requirements for Products Containing Hazardous Chemicals

KENNESAW, GA—October 14, 2014—Fabrico, a company providing manufacturing services for flexible materials and advanced assembly, offers packaging and label printing of OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS), which requires manufacturers of products that contain potentially harmful chemicals to apply hazard information and pictograms on their packaging and labels.

According to OSHA, the HCS communication tools depict the recommended measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent the adverse effects caused by exposure to hazardous products. Fabrico can help manufacturers to compile the required information and design the labels and packaging using an existing layout or developing completely new artwork.

Fabrico can select the right label or packaging materials for the application, such as those with outstanding resistance to chemicals and durability thanks to a tough polyester-based topcoat. HCS pictograms and hazard information, along with product branding, can be printed on virtually any material using Fabrico’s multi-color, high-volume presses. Once printed, different labeling application processes are available, including poly roll-fed and cut-and-stack, depending upon the customer requirement or product shape and size.

In addition, Fabrico provides printing capabilities for industrial, specialty, UL, and bar code labels, using a wide range of other materials, including laminates, foams, and custom pressure-sensitive labels. Fabrico can also provide custom printing for membrane switches and metal or polyester nameplates.

Mark Andy Print Products Offers New tesa SOFTPRINT Secure Tape Line

ST. LOUIS—October 14, 2014—Mark Andy Print Products, the supplies and consumables division of Mark Andy Inc., has announced the addition of the tesa Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes to its pressroom product offerings.

There are many challenges for label and packaging printers in maximizing the efficiency of their processes without sacrificing quality. Printers not only need to work at higher press speeds, they need to reduce downtime and waste created in prepress processes. Seeking out technology to assist in both of these departments has become necessary to run a profitable pressroom.

The tesa Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes provide assistance for narrow web printers facing challenges in plate lift and long run lengths. The plate roll/sleeve and plate side of the double-sided foam tape contain newly developed adhesives, preventing plate lift on small repeat cylinders and sleeves, while not sacrificing a strong bond. The Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes are designed for faster printing speeds and longer print jobs and can assist where plates are mounted with minimal seams. By keeping plates held down, edge-lifting is reduced, creating less downtime and waste.

SNAP-ON Feature 

tesa engineers have developed a bonding agent which offers easy plate mounting and demounting characteristics. This SNAP-ON adhesive is patented by tesa for its unique chemical formulation.

Nilpeter Names Brian Vincent to Vice President of Operations Position

CINCINNATI—October 15, 2014—Nilpeter USA has named Brian Vincent as its new vice president of operations. Vincent will oversee all manufacturing functions, the Technical Development and Engineering Group, Purchasing, and IT in the company's Cincinnati location.

Previously, Vincent worked as the senior vice president of engineering for R.A. Jones, a company that designs and builds complex packaging machinery solutions serving the consumer goods and food and beverage market. He helped take charge of managing the design, fabrication, assembly, testing, and installation of complex packaging machines for customers on the Fortune 100 list.

"We are proud to welcome Brian into the Nilpeter family," said Lenny DeGirolmo, the president of Nilpeter USA. "His extensive background in manufacturing, product engineering, and lean process will help elevate our company to yet another level."

"Nilpeter is determined to work with the best people available. People that help secure our growth strategy in America. Brian's modern leadership style and extensive background knowledge will secure this," DeGirolmo adds.

Brian Bishop to Resign as President of Gallus, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA—October 15, 2014—Brian Bishop, the president of Gallus, Inc., will resign as of Oct. 31, 2014. He will become the part-owner of a plastics manufacturing firm in the Cleveland area. With the new position, Bishop will be able to commit more of his time to his family.

“I regret leaving Gallus at such a promising time, when so many new technologies and alliances are being introduced," Bishop said. "I think the world of the company, and know that with the imminent release of the Gallus DCS 340 digital/flexo hybrid press, the future of Gallus is brighter and more secure than ever.”

“Christof Naier, Gallus Group’s global vice president of sales and marketing, is actively guiding the succession activities for the leadership of Gallus’s North American sales and service organization," Bishop said. "To all of our customers, I extend my sincere gratitude for allowing me to work with you, and I assure you that your current regional managers and the Gallus support staff will continue to serve you well in their current capacities.”

Until a successor for Brian Bishop is hired, Christof Naier will step in to manage the North American group.

Dow Develops Apprenticeship Program in the U.S.

MIDLAND, MI—October 6, 2014—A new U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program from The Dow Chemical Company will be offered at various Dow sites nationwide in 2015. The program is in support of a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to increase U.S. leadership in new technology, manufacturing job creation, and global competitiveness.

“Skills training in manufacturing is crucial for America’s global competitiveness,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. “Today, when Americans graduate from high school, there are simply too few options for skills-based continuing education. Apprenticeship programs provide an opportunity for the public and private sectors to partner in a meaningful way and to prepare the next generation of Americans for tomorrow’s high-skilled, high-paying advanced manufacturing careers.”

Supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

The goal of the U.S. Apprenticeship Program is to create a technical workforce with an advanced skill set, providing growth and development in the manufacturing and engineering fields. Top-level training will be provided to participants and will last between two to four years. Apprentices will also gain experience working in the field in competitive and lucrative areas within the industry. Dow has partnered with community colleges and apprentices will see a combination of classroom and in-field training. Once the program has been completed, Dow will evaluate apprentices for employment opportunities within the company.

Program to launch in California, Illinois, and Texas

The first locations the U.S. Apprenticeship Program will be offered in are Pittsburg, California, The Chicagoland area, and five Texas manufacturing sites (Freeport, Bayport, Deer Park, Seadrift and Texas City.) Dow expects to bring 60 apprentices on board in 2015 to take on roles as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians, and analyzer technicians.

Growing a Workforce for the Future

According to a recent IHS Global Insight study, approximately 630,000 new jobs in U.S. manufacturing were a result of the U.S. shale gas boom, resulting in between 2,800 to 3,500 jobs created indirectly from natural gas and shale exploration. Despite the new jobs, the industry is currently suffering from a dearth of job-seekers with the necessary skills to take on key roles in manufacturing. The study states that more than 600,000 jobs are vacant, with a majority of these being technical positions.

“Apprenticeship recruitment for technical roles is a critical component of Dow’s effort to ensure a sustainable supply of skilled workers to fill our talent pipeline as we continue to grow in the U.S.,” said Gregory Freiwald, chief human resources officer and executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company. “This is about helping to close the skills gap, supporting the sustainability of our operations and the communities in which we operate.”