Awards & Engraving

November '19

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A&E NOVEMBER 2019 • 57 Mutoh to Relocate North American Headquarters Phoenix-based wide-format printer and cutter manufacturer Mutoh America announces that it has relocated its North American headquarters and its new home includes a new, larger, state-of- the-art learning center. The learning center features the latest in Mutoh printing technology and is a dedicated space designed to cater to the company's resellers, end users, and industry partners. It will be used for training seminars, personal demonstrations, meetings, and to explore new application possibilities for Mutoh products. "After 16 years in our last location, we are excited to upgrade to our new Mutoh America Inc. Phoenix headquarters," says Brian Phipps, president and general manager of Mutoh America. "With our new state-of-the-art corporate learning center, we will train our partners on the latest technology and educate our customers and prospects on the exciting applications for the visual com- munication markets." Check it out online: Rose Engraving Closes After 80 Years of Business Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Rose Engraving, a paper engraving company specializing in letterhead, envelopes, and business cards, closed last August. Owner Aaron Muller plans to redirect the business into a greeting card company after having trouble marketing Rose. Rose Engraving was featured on the local Fox 17 channel to say goodbye to Grand Rapids after serving the area for over 80 years. The business was founded on January 10, 1940 by William R. Hattersley. The size of the company at that time isn't clear, says Muller, but it may have had upwards of 30 employees. Over time, Rose increased in size and scope and by the early '50s, had around 100 employees. Eventually, it became a corporation with shareholders. Including Hattersley, Rose has had roughly four owners. In 2014, the company fell into debt with its landlord, which is when Muller took over. Muller explains the company at that point wasn't worth anything, so rather than purchasing, the ownership was transferred to a new LLC. Rose has a long history with a unique process from creating President Gerald R. Ford's funeral invitations to producing birthday cards for Samuel L. Jackson. What it offered was not the type of engraving you might find in an awards shop, but instead a process called Intaglio. Muller adds that the shop's presses are from as early as 1910 and as recent as 1980 with the only option being to engrave and foil stamp. "Rose hasn't changed much… (and) I don't think Rose needed to change. Right now, we are seeing a huge surge in local products, like craft beers. People are willing to pay more for a hand-crafted, small-batch product, but how (do we) market to the new buying power, the millennial when they don't know this even exists?" Keep reading about Rose Engraving: A&E Brings New Sales Support on Board Broomfield, Colorado-based A&E magazine announces the hiring of Jeff Wemmell as its new sales support coordinator. In his new role, Wemmell will work with the maga- zine's publisher and sales staff to facilitate ad mate- rials and ensure on-time, quality placements in both print and digital media. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Wemmell has been in Colo- rado for the past five years. Before joining A&E, he worked in the marketing department for Uber. Wemmell went to Penn State for undergrad and the University of North Carolina at Charlette for business school. "We are very excited to welcome Jeff to A&E," says Dan Peckham, publisher of A&E. "He brings a skillset and energy to the team that will fit in seamlessly." Marco Awards Group Names New South- Central Regional Sales Manager Marco Awards Group welcomes Lisa Chandler to its team as the new south-central regional sales manager. Chandler brings over 25 years of wholesale awards industry experience. For over 10 years, Chandler has been the general manager of the Marco Memphis warehouse. Before Marco, Chan- dler held the position of general manager at the Plastics Plus Memphis warehouse for 15 years. She can be contacted via email at lchandler@marcoawards- or phone 1-615-788-7559. EFI Appoints Digital-Imaging Veteran to CEO Electronics For Imaging (EFI) announces the appointment of Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of the digital imaging and industrial technology sector, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Jacobson retains his position as executive chairman and succeeds Bill Muir, who is stepping down. Before joining EFI, Jacobson served as CEO of Xerox, served as both president of Xerox's Technology Business and its Global Graphic Communications Operations. Before joining Xerox in 2012, Jacobson was the chairman, president, and CEO of Presstek, a leading manufacturer of digital offset printing solutions. "I am thrilled to be expanding my role on EFI's leadership team to identify unique opportunities for innovation across the company," Jacobson says. "Together with my experienced and talented colleagues on the EFI team, we will provide the leadership needed to help EFI accelerate the transformation of industries where colorful images matter." Wemmell Chandler Jacobson ON THE MOVE A&E

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