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Yolanda Simonsis is a 38-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

Packer Fans Get a Bye at ICE USA

I live in Chicago, so I’m a Bears fan (duh). Call me naive, but when I received a press release, from Tim Ward (another Chicagoan) of H+A Intl., about ICE USA offering Green Bay Packer fans free entrance to the expo that debuts on April 6-8 in Orlando, I figured it must have left a bad taste in Tim’s mouth to write such a press release. Turns out, Tim’s a Rams fan. Go figure!

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Plastic Trash Becomes Treasure?

Some people, despite imposing the “retiree” label on themselves, just can’t quit. That’s the case of my friend Dave Markgraf, who many of you may remember from his previous affiliations with Pinnacle XL and Enercon Industries. He, like several other retiree friends I keep, stays in contact with me when the muse strikes him. While we often trade personal photos or family updates, Dave keeps up on converting and allied industries as well. This time Dave forwarded me a YouTube link to a plastics recycling process that either is the among the biggest hoaxes I’ve ever seen, or it actually may have some merit. See for yourself!

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Busy Day Judging AIMCAL Competition

Today was a busy one of six judges (including myself) and competition chairman Steven Sedlak of Metallizing Systems Inc., who met today at PFFC’s offices to evaluate entries submitted for the Assn. of Intl. Metallizers, Coaters & Laminators (AIMCAL) metallized or coated product competition.

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Check Your E-Mail for Critical Trends Survey

PFFC needs your response to our annual Critical Trends survey. For that matter, the INDUSTRY needs your response! Please check your e-mail for a message from PFFC with the subject line: PFFC Critical Trends Survey - Courtesy Reminder.

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CPP Expo Boasts Record Attendance

While most of the kid in me long ago matured, I found it hard to understand why any show organizer would opt to start a show on Halloween of all days. I may never learn why, but the co-located exhibitions of Pack Expo, organized by the Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Inst. (PMMI), and H.A. Bruno’s Converting & Package Printing Expo (CPP) must have had their reasons. So the shows had a slow start to what what ultimately turned out to be one of the best shows I’ve attended in a very long time. Exhibitor personnel–and even editors such as me–forgave all once Monday, November 1, came along. What a turnaround!

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An Unusual and Urgent Personal Request

Don’t think I’ve pulled the “personal” card many times asking anyone through any of my columns to honor a request. . . but I am this time. A dear friend of mine–and many of you as well–needs your help. Her name is Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies LLC in Burr Ridge, IL. She has been an active member of the printing community as a converter, a past Tag & Label Mfrs. Inst. (TLMI) president, and advisory board president of DiTrolio Flexographic Inst. in Broadview, IL. She recently added to her list of accomplishments: published author of A Random Interruption and breast cancer victor. Now here comes the personal request. . .

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What GOOD Trade Shows Are Made Of

Pack Expo/CPP, held October 31–November 3, was an undeniable success. Just look at the traffic–both going and coming–on the third day of the show at Chicago’s McCormick Place! Co-hosts PMMI (Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Inst.) and H.A Bruno had to have been pleased.

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TLMI Honors Best Converter & Supplier

At the Tag & Label Mfrs. Inst. annual meeting held this past October 17–20 at the Boca Raton Resort, in Boca Raton, FL, two were bestowed highest honors for Converter and Supplier of the Year among many label award accolades.

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ICE USA Stirs Up More Activity

Yesterday I mentioned in my Blog that ICE USA had nearly 200 exhibiting companies already reserving more than 40,000 sq ft of space. That’s good news for a show that has yet to prove itself, but even better news is that Mack Brooks Exhibitions had to abandon original plans for the smaller South Hall at the Orange County Convention Ctr. for the larger North Hall.

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Labelexpo Follows Trade Show Success Trend

Add another 2010 trade show to the winner’s circle. The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Assn.’s INFO*FLEX started the trend earlier this year in May with an astounding level of attendee participation. Now with the newest show edition, Labelexpo Americas (held September 14–16 in Rosemont, IL), the trend is continuing on the upswing

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