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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES Our meetings are much more casual and informal than a comparable FTA meeting—remember, our meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, so everyone there is usually unwinding after a busy day at work. —Ed Dedman, IGH Solutions and TCFA president TCFA OFFICERS President Ed Dedman, IGH Solutions Vice President Ellen Farrell, DuPont Cyrel Secretary Stan Allen, The Provident Group Treasurer Kent Esby, Dunwoody College of Technology TCFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging (current FFTA Chairman) Joe Tuccitto, Flexographic Technical Association (TCFA President Emeritus) Joe Muller, Kodak Shawn Oetjen, Dunwoody College of Technology cal learning, we have fun—we joke, we cut up, and we honestly enjoy visiting with each other. Q: Is the group totally inde- pendent or part of a larger organization? We are an inde- pendent, non-profit corporation. However, we have enjoyed the support of many local companies, as well as tremendous support from the FTA. Q: What are the requirements for membership? Hey, we welcome absolutely anyone who is involved in the flexo industry—printers/ converters, suppliers, educators, designers—we’re all here to learn from each other! Just download the membership form from our website at www. tcflexo.org and mail it in with your check. We’ve intentionally kept the cost of membership low so everyone can afford it. Q: Q: How many active members does the organization have? Right now, around 30. However, January 2009 starts our new membership year, so we’re gearing up for a big push to grow our ranks. Does the TCFA have any long- or short-term projects that it is working on? If so, what are they? We’re very proud to announce that at our December 2008 meeting, we awarded two $500 scholarships to very deserving FTA and its Supplier Leadership Council are looking to help new and prospective regional flexo associations build membership and technical meeting agendas. If you are try- ing to or would like to establish a local organization, contact Craig Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-477-4100. www. f le xography. org JANUARY 2009 FLEXO 59 flexo program students at Dunwoody College of Technology! This money was raised from our members over the last several years at our meetings, so actually, these scholarships are not from the TCFA; they’re from the Twin Cities flexo community as a whole. Also, in May of 2009, we are planning a local/regional flexo trade- show, which will coincide with an extended set of technical pre- sentations on a variety of topics. This will be a larger, longer event than our normal meetings, so more people can attend. Q: What can FTA do to support TCFA, its mission, and its projects? The FTA has already done a great job of supporting the TCFA. We’ve had a number of speakers from the organization lately: Chris Bonawandt,Mark Cisternino, and in April we’ll hear from Doreen Monteleone, as well as referrals from the FTA for other industry speakers. They’ve also helped us out with e-mail blasts for some of our meetings. Those have really helped expand our regional draw. What are some of the benefits of being part of a smaller, regional flexo association? Would you encourage other regions to develop their own community groups? Q: There are a number of benefits. The TCFA offers an afford- able alternative to flexo companies and professionals who, in this increasingly tight economy, can’t justify the expense of attending a larger national event or conference. So many companies have reduced the number of attendees they send to events like the TLMI Technical Conference, but the need to stay current on technical developments within the industry has not diminished. I would love to see more local or regional groups focusing on technical education—and the TCFA would be more than happy to share what we’ve learned with anyone that’s interested. ?
End of Year 2008