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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
FTA TODAY FIRST Certification at Hood Packaging Corp. Budgeting for training needs within corporations can be challenging at times. Although the need is recognized, other capital budget needs, seem to get priority. The Hood Packaging Corp., Arden Hills, MN, facility de- cided to explore additional options for training support. After learning of the possibilities for state grant funding from the Flexographic Technical Association, inquires were made to the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program (MJSP), to deter- mine grant possibilities Groundwork for the application for the grant started in April, 2010, and the grant was awarded on Sept. 20, 2010. The program requires that the training be offered by an accred- ited college or university within Minnesota, so collaboration between Dunwoody and the FFTA was required. Both did a great job to create a structure that would allow it to work within the grant system. Our goal all along, has been to provide our employees the best possible training available within our industry, and the training provided under the FIRST Certification program is unquestionably the best out there! The plan we put together provides: • Level I Certification training for our internal sales, and customer service representatives. • In the pressroom, all press helpers will receive Levels I, and II Press Operator Training. • Our Press Operators will receive Levels I, II , and III training. • Shift Supervisors will receive the Implementation Special- ist training courses. All will receive FIRST Certifications upon successful com- pletion of the courses. This should insure continuity, and con- sistency of training and learning outcomes, based on FIRST principles and practices throughout our printing department. We encourage all of our prepress suppliers to be familiar with and practice FIRST principles within their own organiza- tions, and for the products, and services they provide. Ultimately, upon qualifying as FIRST Certified Hood Pack- aging would hope that our customers will realize the level of our commitment to provide them with consistent, high quality printed packaging. I would encourage everyone reading this article to investigate grant possibilities within their own state, or province. —Gary Hilliard, graphics and technical manager, Hood Packaging Corp., Plastic Film Division William J. Hurrell, 97 Member FTA Hall of Fame William (Bill) Hurrell, born Sept. 9 , 1913, passed away Jan. 25 , 2011, at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes and his son David. Bill had an illustrious career in the flexographic printing industry. He was inducted into the Flexographic Technical Association Hall of Fame in 1982 and at the time became the first Canadian and 19th person welcomed into the prestigious society. Though he retired from the industry in 1976, Hur- rell, remained a consultant on call. Hurrell’s active career in flexography spanned more than 50 years. He started in the field in 1930 at Hinde & Dauch Co. Ltd. In the middle of that decade, he moved on to Hender- shot Paperbox, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; only to return to Hinde & Dauch in 1950. One year later, he took the reins of its Montreal plant. He transferred to Toronto in 1956 and became production manager at what was then the largest corrugated box plant in Canada. Next, in 1962, he became manager of manufacturing and operating services. From 1963 to 1968, Hurrell oversaw production and sales operations for Hinde & Dauch in the province of Ontario. Following the firm’s acquisition by Domtar Packaging, Hurrell was named general manager, Domtar Packaging, Canadian Operations, in 1968. It was in that role that he proved instru- mental in establishing the first all-flexo corrugated plant in Canada, in Toronto. In 1973, he assumed the role of director of production for Domtar ’s Corrugated Container Division in Canada. One year later he became responsible for the Toronto plant. He retired from the post in 1976. Initial involvement with FTA traces back to the organiza- tion’s earliest days, when Hurrell chaired the Quality Control Committee and later the Membership Services Committee and Industry Welfare Committee. Expanding his leadership role, Hurrell became the organizer and chairman of FTA’s first-ever Corrugated Seminar, held in Chicago in 1967. He was a member of FTA’s Board of Directors in 1969 and 1970 and served in 1970 and 1971 as Printer Vice President; mov- ing on to an illustrious term as FTA President in 1971 and 1972. Bill is survived by his sons Kenneth Hurrell (Julliet) of London and Douglas Hurrell (Marlene) of Saratoga, CA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchil- dren. The family has requested that contributions be made in Bill’s memory to Glaucoma Research Society of Canada. LIFE CAN BE GOOD AGAIN NO print defects were experienced NO unnecessary press stops occurred NO blade edge breaks Printing Doctor Blades Your blade life can be 10 times longer with SWEDCUT Distributed exclusively by CANADA – USA – MEXICO FLXON Incorporated +1.704.844.2434 www.flxon.com Exclusive Distribution in CANADA – USA – MEXICO FLXON Incorporated +1.704.844.2434 www.flxon.com Performance Through Quality FLXON_3LeadingPrinters_kd.indd 1 7/15/10 9:45 AM 6 FLEXO FebruArY 2011 www.flexography.org ASSOCIATIOn nEWS FIRST x 32 at Hood As FLEXO went to press, Hood Packaging’s initial group of Level 1 trainees completed courses and sat for their exam. The following individuals were awarded FIRST Level I Certification: Jerry Beotcher, June De La Cruz, Mark Delkoski, Douglas Dorn, David Frisk, Jeff Goosen, Chuck Gosslen, Bob Hayes, Courtez Irving, Harry Jagdeo, Rick Linder and Valerie Luebke. Also: Anthony McClellon, Dan Mortenson, Brian Mun- sterman, Denise Ochu, Nathan Oldenberg, Troy Peterson, Beau Pineda, Andy Ramirez, Josh Reinke, Manny Rodri- guez, Ken Schoenike, Kevin Schraap. Terry Schwartz, Aaron Scott, Jarrett Stodeck, Kee Vang, Lue Vang, Phong Vue, Ty Walker and Bill Watson. FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 6 2/16/11 8:49 AM
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