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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Kaleidoscope invested nearly $500,000 to increase capabilities within its innovation lab and packaging comps and prototyping assets.

Placon Corp. opened its EcoStar® closed-loop recycling facility for post-consumer bottles and thermoforms.

PAC Worldwide launched its newly designed Web site,
www.pac.com.

Pro Mach, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by The Resolute Fund II, L.P., an affiliate of The Jordan Co.

Engage Technologies Corp., parent company of Squid Ink, EZ-Tek Industries, and Cognent Technologies, acquired Eastey Enterprises, Inc.

The International Assn. for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) recertified Motoman Robotics, a div. of Yaskawa America, Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard.

Fabri-Kal’s Greenware® earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.

Hapa acquired Gottscho Printing Systems.

Sealed Air’s Cryovac expanded its operations with the Cryovac Graphics+ design and marketing Services.

Eriez® developed an eco-certification program for various magnetic separation, feeding, and recycling equipment.

CDF Corp. launched a European division, in Lamone, Switzerland, for U.N.-certified bag-in-box products.

Advanced Motion Systems joined B&R Industrial Automation as a U.S. partner.

Achievements

Multivac was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award from Hormel Foods.

Invensys Operations Management was selected as Microsoft’s Global Enterprise Partner of the Year.

Curwood received gold and silver awards for its innovative packages from the Packaging Assn. of Canada.

People

Triangle Package Machinery Co. appointed Rich Charleston as PMMI certified trainer and field service technician.

Billy Goodman was hired as North American managing director for Cama USA Inc.

Alfredo Blanco was appointed vice president-Americas for tna.

Alan Traylor joined Mocon, Inc. as business manager of food safety products.

Robert Willett was promoted to chief executive officer at Cognex Corp.

Chuck Harris was named vice president, Midwest operations distribution & fulfillment at Intelligrated®.

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