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Industry Watch—September 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the September 2014 issue of Packaging World.

Combi Packaging Systems was chosen as a Machine Builder Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program.

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group opened an office in East Brunswick, NJ, to expand its Northeast operations.

Transparent Container Co. Inc. acquired a new Heidelberg Dymatrix 106 Pro high-performance die cutter.

The Drives & Motion Div. of Yaskawa America, Inc. acquired Solectria Renewables, LLC.

Sigma Stretch Film opened Packworx, Package Assessment Lab and Training Center, in Shelbyville, KY.

ID Technology, div. of Pro Mach, installed a new HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Label Press in Pewaukee, WI.

The installation of a state-of-the-art tracking system on Dura-Fibre’s laminator has streamlined business operations, improved visibility, enhanced automation, encouraged accurate tracking, and reduced scrap waste.

Brenton Engineering, div. of Pro Mach, will expand its Center of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence in Alexandria, MN, by 25,000 sq ft.

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James Coulston joined INX Digital as Regional Sales Manager, Triangle™ brand.

Albert Salama, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sabert Corp., received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Award in the Excellence in Distribution and Manufacturing category in the New Jersey region.

Andy Monroe was appointed Vice President of Product and Market Development for Pro Mach’s Bottling & Capping Business Unit.

Eu-Gene Ng joined Microscan as Regional Sales Director, Asia-Pacific region.

Zanasi USA promoted Gary O’Hearn to President and Jason Spangler to Vice President of Operations.

John Kertesz was appointed Eastern Regional Sales Manager for JLS Automation.

Steve Hallblade was named Director of Business Development for MGS Machine.

Andy Span was named Western Region Sales Manager for Uhlmann Packaging Systems LP.

Chris Ramsey was named Midwest Region Sales Manager, for the palletizing team, for Columbia Machine, Inc.

Harpak-ULMA appointed Dave Favret TFS Product Manager and Vin Faherty National Sales—Medical/Industrial.

Ira Maroofian was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Ecologic Brands.

Alan Shipman was named President, for Pro Mach’s Identification & Tracking Group.

The Liquid Food business unit of Bosch Packaging Technology appointed Joachim Dittrich Head of the Business Unit.


American Packaging Corp.’s Flexographic Printing & Laminating facility received Iowa’s Environmental Excellence Award.

Sato Printing Co., Ltd., a Sato Group Co., was awarded two first-prize awards in addition to a special award in three separate categories at the 25th World Label Contest.

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