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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
"When we first joined FTA, back in 1994, the company was in its early stages of flexographic printing. Starting out producing barcode labels for government con- tracts in 1987, was a totally different ballgame than the flexographic work and skill we have grown into over the years. At the time, we didn't know much about the flexographic industry and wanted to learn more. FTA represented a consolidated and comprehensive organization that we could learn a great deal from. We wanted to take advantage of the courses and seminars offered in order to grow our business and become a leader in the flexographic trade." -Amy E. Brown, Marketinq Manaqer, Overniqht Labels, Inc. "What FTA does, it does well. FTA's industry training programs and infor- mation resources are appreciated and put to proper use." "Designers and prepress houses especially have benefited from the cre- ation of standards, formats and work- flows as they attempt to create process designs for multiple printing mediums. Clear flexo oriented direction and spec- ifications provide a platform for profes- sional design and color separations. Timely updates to the FIRST program have kept it current with the constantly changing technology." -Richard A. Cole, Mason Transparent Baq -Paul Canne, Graphics/Prepress Manaqer, C & H Packaqinq FTA's Golden Anniversary Today's Testimonials "One of the greatest benefits and values to our business has been the many and varied courses offered by the association. From the owner to the pressmen, prepress department, quality control and production managers, there isn't anyone in our facil- ity who hasn't benefited (whether directly or indirectly) from the knowledge gained through these experiences. We're grateful for the opportunities provided by the FTA and would encourage other printers to take advantage of these services." -Amy E. Brown, Marketinq Manaqer, Overniqht Labels, Inc. "FTA is an organization of mem- bers. All trade organizations exist for the benefit of members and industry. But, FTA is different than most trade associations. FTA is an association"'for' its members and 'of' it members. Many trade associations have a staff of full-time professionals which run the association's daily activities and direct its focus and strategies. But, FTA is dif- ferent. It is true, FTA has a professional staff which runs the day-to-day activi- ties of the association, but at FT A the members define and direct the strate- gies and the activities. There are not many associations of this size which have this degree of membership par- ticipation. This has focused the FTA on issues which are relevant to the mem- bers; and are key and significant to the industry. I have found that the greater value of membership is not what is presented to the member, but is what a member gets from participation." -Mike Impastato, Vice President, Business Development, Flint Group "FTA means both standardization, and by extension, excellence. N osco is proud to support the ongoing initia- tives of the organization as they drive the industry toward being better to- morrow than we are today!" -Craiq Wilson, Product Enqineerinq Manaqer, Nosco Solutions Enqineerinq "FTA has had a tremendous positive effect on our industry. Over time, it has produced a steady stream of improvements within the organization itself, and within the flexographic printing process. FTA has always been a source of learning and con- tinues to demonstrate leadership in that capacity. Ron, myself, and Harper Corporation are proud of our historical association with this fine organization... We are pleased to see FTA's educational efforts in evidence today in institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Providing Flexographic educational opportunities to people in high schools gives students, who are better at 'hands-on' activities, an opportunity to stay in school and learn a trade... "Working in association with FTA and FFTA, we want to help young people leave high school with marketable skills. Needless to say, many students don't have a keen interest in reading, writing and arithmetic. But during the course of their flexographic edu- cation, they learn the practical value of these skills to employ the technology and communicate with coworkers. Instead of being forced to learn, they develop a genuine desire to learn so they can be effective in their craft." -Katherine Harper, Co-founder, Harper Corporation of America FTA 50th Anniversary Journal 9
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