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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.


B&R Industrial Automation expanded its North American partner network with IFP Automation, a sales and engineering team located in Indiana.

WeighPack relocated to a new facility in Las Vegas, NV.

Automated Packaging Systems expanded its operations in Streetsboro, OH, with the acquisition of two commercial buildings.

Protexic Brands announced that its Protexic Innovation and Solutions Center has been certified by the International Safe Transit Assn.

Sidel inaugurated its new training lab in Parma, Italy.

xpedx launched a new North American network of package design centers in the San Francisco Bay area and Rochester, NY, and expanded its centers in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Juarez, Mexico.

INX Digital International Co. launched its new Prodigy™ business unit.

Pregis Corp. created a new tech support standard via “on demand” service model; beta test reflects 85% phone resolution within 15 minutes.

Spee-Dee® Packaging Machinery, Inc. formed an agreement with Selo UK Ltd. to distribute and service Spee-Dee equipment throughout the U.K. and Ireland.

Red Lion Controls, Inc. opened a new sales office in Sprockhövel, Germany.


EPI Labelers celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Multivac, Inc. received the NMA (National Meat Assn.) 2011 Supplier of the Year award.


Leslie Connors joined M. Jacob & Sons as West Coast account executive.

Nathalie Nowak was appointed global marketing and innovation director for Rexam Plastic Packaging’s Personal Care Division.

Kaleidoscope announced the following new personnel: Guy Gangi, director, brand strategy, planning and design; and Vince Bowman, director, 3D structural/product design. Liz Fisher, who was in the U.K. office, was promoted and relocated to Chicago to lead Creative Operations as director of brand sales.

Yaskawa America, Inc. named Masahiro Ogawa chief executive officer. Also, Yaskawa’s Drives and Motion Division named Mike Knapek, president and chief operating officer and promoted Mark Bernicky to vice president of drives.

Garry Havens was appointed president, North America, for Domino


Bill Greener, national accounts manager, Ilapak, Inc. passed away earlier this year.


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