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the looks of the most recently completed quarterly outlook survey, most of
us are experiencing some growth, but it is sluggish. Our costs are up,
we’re losing jobs and profit has been difficult. I spent last week at
the AICC (Association of Independent Corrugated Converters) fall meeting
and heard much the same things from many of them. I didn’t see many
standing up and bragging about their 20% growth. What I did hear was a
great deal of discussion surrounding the loss of manufacturing jobs in
North America, many going overseas. I’m quite certain each and every one
of us could recite stories about business that has been lost by
manufacturing leaving our country.
AICC has been aggressive in addressing this issue for some time and have
recently decided to lead a campaign to support buying American goods. They
have created a “Make it in America” symbol or logo depicting the North
American continent and the words “Make it in America” as a reminder to
manufacturers, the general public and legislators that a strong
manufacturing base is the guarantor of economic prosperity. They are
encouraging all box makers to print this symbol alongside their freight
a North American manufacturer, we are going to find ways to use this logo
as well. Besides encouraging use to our box making customers, we have
already proposed this symbol to a direct manufacturer who deals with this
issue every day and they were thrilled to see someone supporting their
plight. I encourage you to read the news release on the FPPA website and
see if you can find ways to help support this very important cause. The
symbol currently available is very low resolution. As soon as a better one
is available, we will pass it along. It’s amazing what a difference
awareness can make. Please be part of making EVERYONE aware of this issue!
2003 Industry Survey is complete. I haven’t seen the results but I have
heard it is quite interesting. If you participated in the survey, you will
be receiving a complimentary copy. You may also purchase a copy from the
website. This is valuable information about the state of our industry.
Excellence in Flexo Prepress Awards will be judged at the upcoming Fall
Management Workshop. I hope everyone had an opportunity to send some of
the great work you do into the competition. Winners will be announced at
the annual meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico next March.
of the Fall Management Workshop, it is set for November 5-6 at the Renaissance
Charleston Hotel Historic District in
Charleston, South Carolina. It looks like a wonderful venue for a meeting
like this and the timing couldn’t be better, especially for those of us
from colder climates. We might even be able to work in a little golf as
well on this trip.
Management Development Committee is responsible for planning this event
and they have done another great job in putting this together. Along with
the Industry Panel chaired by Lee Grantham, you will hear about some very
important topics in today’s business climate. The first will be
presented by Neil Kuenn, FPPA’s legal counsel. Neil will talk about
several legal issues: Trademark Infringement, Product Liability and
Harassment. I would venture a guess that everyone will be interested in
hearing about these topics.
Klingher from M.S. Ackerman & Co. LLC will cover the topic of Mergers
& Acquisitions. This should be interesting to people on both sides of
the issue, even if you don’t think it will ever happen to you.
Pancero will then give us all some tips regarding the Sales and Marketing
efforts of our businesses. Jim’s a dynamic speaker who should help us
evaluate what we’re doing and plan for the future. I spoke with him on
the phone and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.
main reason we are able to put this event on at a reasonable price in such
a wonderful venue is our sponsors. I want to say thank you in advance to
Agfa Corporation, All Printing Resources, Anderson Vreeland, Inc., Artwork
Systems, BCM Inks, DuPont Imaging Technologies, MacDermid Printing
Solutions, Pitman Company and Rogers Corporation. Without them this event
would not go on.
Program Committee is promising us a terrific annual meeting next March in
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Information is posted on the FPPA website and
will continue as we move closer to this event. Arrangements have been made
to offer discounted airfares through American Airlines and we are being
encouraged to book early.
for listening and I hope to see all of you in Charleston!