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

On the Road to HP’s Israel

Last week on June 14–17, I was among the fortunate few who were invited to Israel to experience HP on home soil at its HP Indigo Labels & packaging VIP Event. The participant mix included at least 35 North American converters, many with guests, as well as a contingency of trade press editors–all numbering around 120 people in total, which included our HP hosts.

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New Stanley Cup Fans in Chicago

Ludwig Mies van der RohePicasso’s Lady in Daley PlazaJust had to share these pictures. Left is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe wearing his Black Hawks helmet. Mies's bust graces the lobby of our office building–the former IBM Building and now boring 330 N. Wabash in Chicago across from Trump Tower. “The Donald” generates more fascination than some silly black building with granite slab joints in the lobby lining up with the joints of granite outside the building.

And on the right is our lovey Picasso Lady that resides outside the Daley Plaza–wearing her Black Hawks helmet too! It's been a while since Chicago has seen a championship (White Sox in 1995). Naturally, I had to brag!

On My Way to Tel Aviv

We’re all basking in the afterglow of a Hawks win in Chi-town! Now that was a piece of teamwork if I ever saw one! You can’t capture the Stanley Cup with only one player. Not much different from our businesses. But with the excitement of last week’s win, I’m off to Tel Aviv, Israel, to participate in a VIP tour hosted by HP Indigo for a Labels and Packaging Event. Be sure to follow me on my journey as I try to blog from afar.

Let’s see if technology is all it’s cracked up to be.

Right now I have the weather to thank for a 2-1/2 hour delay! Let’s hope I don’t miss my connection!

A Weird Thing Happened on April 20

On the same day I visited Earth Friendly Products with my staff for my Blog entry, titled “What Did You Do on Earth Day?” the BP oil rig explosion occurred. Since that time we’ve been watching and waiting as millions of gallons of oil have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.

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What Did You Do for Earth Day?

On April 20, just two days ago, my staff (including Claudia Hine and Nsenga Thompson) and I took a road trip to Addison, IL, to get a “sneak peak” of a solar-powered installation at a company called Earth Friendly Products–the largest commercial solar-powered installation in Illinois.

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ICE USA Enthusiasm Warms Up

Last Friday was an eventful day for me for several reasons. First, I felt like a fly on the wall as a newly named member of the Steering Committee of the ICE USA expo that's slated for April 6–8, 2011, at the Orlando Orange County Convention Ctr. in Orlando, FL. That meeting represented the high note of my day.

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Collecting Ideas for Trade Shows

I'm in the fortunate position (I think!) of being able to relate ideas and criticisms to show organizers who serve the paper, film, foil, printing, carton & boxmaking, converting, and label manufacturing industries. Generally, I parrot back to them what I hear from my readers as well as the advertisers (and potential exhibitors at their shows) who attend their exhibitions. Now would be a great time to hear from PFFC's subscribers, advertisers, and website visitors who have a point of view to express.

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Converters Expo Staged for March 4

I've always wondered why anyone would stage an exposition in the middle of winter–in Green Bay, WI, no less. Well there's one very good reason that I think even Green Bay Packer legend Vince Lombardi would agree with–to do serious business! And, yes, I'm taking my 4WD Escape to make sure the weather doesn't factor into my attendance.

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Weighing In on the 2010 Recovery

If you've had a chance to read PFFC's current January cover article titled, “2010 Year of Recovery” by Bill Hornell of Mesirow Financial, you would have seen complementary input provided by some of our industry's leading associations. (Also check out a free recorded webinar that PFFC hosted live with sponsorship from Fife on our industry's Critical Trends.) While I recognize that I have a somewhat biased view, I thought their comments were particularly insightful and contributed to making this article a “must read” as we say in the publishing business.

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Aid to Haiti

What efforts or contributions has or can your company make to helping those in desperate need in Haiti? This morning the island suffered another aftershock that measured 6.1 on the Richter scale. Then it dawned on me that the converting industry probably has a lot to offer.

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