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Newsmakers

Kurz Transfer Products, LLC appoints Brad Long as business development manager for brand security products. His experience includes stints with Krystal Holographics/ DuPont, CFC Intl. and AET Films.

Sun Chemical Corp. names Rick Joyce vp, technology North American Inks. He comes to the co. following 19 years with GE Plastics, where he served most recently as global color technology manager.

Maxcess Intl. makes Marcel G. Hage its group vp, North America. He joined the co. in 2000 as vp of sales and marketing for North America and exports and has more than 14 years of industrial manufacturing experience.

GN Packaging equipment adds Gonzalo Varela as a sales rep and Christopher Paul as a sales engineer. Varela specializes in aseptic packaging. Paul has almost 20 years of experience in flexible packaging.

Huskey Injection Molding Systems names Michael Evitts vp of machines. He most recently served as gm of John Deere's GA-based tractor operation.

Ossid Corp. brings on Mike White as operations manager. White has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, most recently with Bespak, a British supplier of drug-delivery technologies.

New Jersey Packaging appoints Narendra Srivatsa to the newly created position of business development manager, brand authentication.

Kliklok-Woodman hires Henk Hoogendoorn as general sales manager of its U.S. hq. He brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience, most recently as dir. of business development and plastic packaging for Elopak. Nigel Salter is named dir. of operations of the co.'s Bristol, U.K. facility.

Sonoco elects Charles L. Sullivan executive vp and Charles J. Hupfer senior vp, CFO and corporate secretary.

Alcoa Flexible Packaging adds Bimal Kalvani as president, succeeding Elizabeth "Liz" Fessenden. Kalvani comes to the co. with 20 years of experience in the consumer and industrial packaging industry.

Fort Dearborn Co. appoints Bill Johnstone to the position of senior vp of operations, responsible for overseeing the operations and management of all co. plants. Jeff Brezek becomes senior vp of sales. Both men join the co. from R.R. Donnelley, where they each held senior management positions.

AS-Interface USA appoints ifm efector's Garrett Place to the board of directors.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. promotes John Knudsen to the position of vp, strategic planning, corrugated container div. Tom Piggott succeeds him as vp and regional manager, corrugated container div.

Key Technology appoints Steve Brunt as pharmaceutical industry sales specialist. With 25 years of experience with machine vision systems, he brings with him more than 10 years of sales and engineering expertise.

Multivac, Inc. names Ben Eastman and Jason Green regional sales managers for the food div.

CMD Corp. makes Mark Zastrow its dir. of marketing. He brings 22 years of experience in capital equipment sales, sales management and product development.

Associated Packaging Technologies hires Eric Schaper as its dir. of technical development. He served previously as vp of R&D at Packaging Resources, Inc. and was thermoforming technology manager for Huhtamaki.

The Garvey Group names Mark Stempel as sales manager of its Milwaukee-based facility.

ABI Europe appoints James Krouse as director.

ON THE MOVE

Syfan USA, Corp. opens its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Everetts, NC. The 8-acre facility will produce shrink wrap for the food, hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries while employing 80 people.

Systech Intl. opens a new regional office in Paris.

Innova Holdings, Inc. forms Service Robots, Inc., a wholly owned sub.

Integrated Packaging Corp. opens a new, state-of-the-art corrugated manufacturing plant in Alexandria, LA. The 60,000-sq-ft plant will employ 50 people.

CMM Intl. moves to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, for its '07 event.

New Jersey Packaging adds an Aquaflex Instaprep 1000 press to its line of printing machines.

Saint-Gobain Calmar opens a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. An invitation-only grand opening event is being held May 18.

BUYING & SELLING

Serac, Inc. purchases Nova-Socimec, a manufacturer that specializes in filling equipment for thick-flowing products.

Vacumet Corp., Wayne, NJ, acquires the assets of Franklin, MA-based Proma Technologies, making it part of Vacumet's metallized paper div.

Monosol Rx enters into a binding agreement to purchase a Doyen Medipharm high-speed pouching machine for packaging its fast-dissolving strip doses into unit-dose pouches.

ACCORDS

Shuttleworth, Inc. is working with Purdue University to develop a student internship program.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc. agrees with Vertex Internal Packaging Solutions to become the exclusive North American distributor of ExpandOS? protective packaging solutions.

Kinetic.theTechnologyAgency aligns with HP's Real-Time Target Marketing Alliance program.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Owens-Illinois introduces its new global identity, O-I. The co.'s 22 subsidiaries will be branded with the new name.

Eurotherm Drives, Inc. changes its name back to SSD Drives, Inc., its original name when founded in 1974. The identity change is accompanied by a new logo design.

AS-I Trade Organization changes its name tom AS-Interface USA.

CELEBRATING

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.'s corrugated container div. wins 15 awards at the Point of Purchase Advertising Intl. Outstanding Merchandising Achievement awards contest.

Baldor Electric Co. celebrates its 85th year of business. The co. was founded by E.C. Ballman and E. Doerr in St. Louis, in 1920.

CMD Corp. marks its 25th anniversary. Headquartered in Appleton, WI, the firm opens a new technology center in June.

PPi Technologies receives the Technology of the Year Award during Sarasota County, FL's Excellence in Industry Awards 2004.

HAPPENINGS

Pearson Packaging Systems selects BigMachines, Inc., a provider of web-based quote and proposal software, to streamline its configuration and quoting processes.

CLARIFICATION

The foil membrane that is sealed across the top of the Big Mouth Jar(tm) for Kraft's mayonnaise products ("Big Mouth Jar is shatterproof and easy to use," PD, Feb. '05, p.10) provides both tamper-evidence and a flavor-fresh seal.

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