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FLEXO Magazine : November 2009
18 FLEXO NOVEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org Clemson Names Collaboration Facility at Sonoco Institute for Harpers Clemson University recently unveiled The Ronald & Kath- erine Harper Industry Collaboration Room on the top floor of the Sonoco Institute for Packaging Design and Graphics. The Industry Collaboration Room is made possible by a $1.1 million gift from the Harpers to Clemson's graphic communi- cations department. The gift value is associated with the sale of a house at Lake Wylie. "The Harpers, Ron and Katherine, have helped shape, contribute and support our efforts at Clemson, particularly in graphic communications, for decades," said Sam Ingram, chairman of the graphic communications department. "And it is more than technology. Their belief in students, in education and their network, extending from the family out to the farthest reaches of the printing industry, have motivated us through their passion and expertise." The Harpers began their collaboration with educational institutions nearly 20 years ago when The Harper Corporation became the first to participate in the Flexographic Technical As- sociation's Flexo in High Schools and Colleges Program. Today, high schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada, and even in Argentina, have flexo programs that provide hands-on training for students interested in a career in flexography. "The opportunities the Harpers offer our students have an enormous impact on education and success after graduation," said Clemson President James F. Barker. "Our graphic commu- nications program has one of the highest placement rates at the university. Many years it is 100 percent, and one of the reasons is the hands-on, real-world experience they have received as students in the studios and labs and as interns in the industry." The Sonoco Institute for Packaging Design and Graphics is located in the Harris A. Smith Building at Clemson. The in- stitute serves as a hub of technology collaboration that brings faculty and students together. Cincinnati Printer Invests in New Press The Printing Plant, a Cincinnati, OH-based printer of prime labels for the high end pharmaceutical, food packaging and health and beauty markets, has purchased a 10-color FG 4200 flexographic printing press from Nilpeter, USA. The FG is a 16in. web width configuration featuring lightweight sleeve technology. The UV ink curing system and the precise electronic auto registration options give The Printing Plant the capability to offer the highest level of image reproduction as required by their premier customer base. The FG 4200 is the second 16in. FG press sold in the U.S. Terri McConnell, 51 Theresa (Terri) Ann McConnell of Dayton, OH, died Oct. 11 at her home, following a five-month cancer battle. Terri was born in Augusta, ME on March 6, 1958, a daughter of Avon Buzzell of Augusta, ME and Emilyn Warming of Litchfield, ME. Terri grew up in Litchfield, graduating from Libby-Tozier School and CMVTI in Auburn, ME, majoring in graphic arts. She began a successful career in graphic arts at Jackson Lab, Bar Harbor, ME and Maine Printing, Portland, ME. She was offered employment at Harris Graphics in Dayton, OH (which later become Barco Graphics) and moved there in 1984. Her most recent role was as director of business and brand strategy at Gravity, a division of Phototype, in Cincinnati. Terri was an active member of FTA and other graphic arts associa- tions, and at one time held the role as chair of the design com- mittee for FIRST and an author of articles for FLEXO Magazine. Terri is survived by her loving sons, Max Byron and Vincent Michael McConnell, of Dayton; her Mom and Dad; brother Peter Surette and wife Kerry of Augusta, ME; sister Juli-Ellen Hunt of N. New Portland, ME; half sister and brother Cathy Reynolds and Jeff Buzzell and extended family; partner Doug May and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Excelsior Buys Five New Presses The Excelsior Packaging Group, Yonkers, NY recently an- nounced the purchase of several new presses. It has contract- ed to install three FP 36S-10 presses from Fischer & Krecke (Bobst Group), which will include the smartGPS (Graphic Positioning System) register and impression setting system. In addition, it is set to install two new 52in. Windmoeller & Hoel- scher MIRAFLEX 10-color presses in early 2010. Berry Plastics to Buy Pliant Berry Plastics Corp. recently announced that it intends to acquire the majority of the common stock of Pliant Corp. upon the emergence of Pliant from bankruptcy. On Oct. 6 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed the joint reorganization plan proposed by an affiliate of Apollo Management L.P. and Pliant. As a part of the plan, Berry is PRESSING ISSUES Clemson University President James F. Barker (right) addresses Ron and Katherine Harper (left) during the dedication of of The Ronald and Katherine Harper Industry Collaboration Room. INDUSTRY INDICATORS
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