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Industry News

Congratulations to Olivia & Judd!

The picture says it all! Congratulations to Judd Meininger and Olivia Plyler who were married two weekends ago.


Michael Polk

Sharpie and Prismacolor parent Newell Rubbermaid has tapped Unilever executive Michael B. Polk as its new president and CEO. Polk, 50, has been a Newell Rubbermaid director since 2009, and was most recently president of global foods, home and personal care at Unilever. He will succeed Mark Ketchum, who announced his retirement plans earlier this year. Ketchum intends to remain a director until the company’s next board elections in May 2012.

Nebraska Book Co., an operator of a nationwide chain of college bookstores, sought bankruptcy protection with a pre-arranged plan supported by noteholders to restructure about $450 million in debt. The company, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, listed about $657.2 million in assets and about $564 million in debt as of Feb. 14, including the debt and assets of affiliates, in Chapter 11 documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington,Delaware.


In a press release,  Alvin announced it has acquired the art materials distribution business of OrangeArt of Woodstock, CT , effective June 3, 2011. OrangeArt’s Stationery business will continue under the ownership and direction of John Cook and Carol Mackin.

Congratulations to Southern California based manufacturer’s Sales Representative John Mark Eastman and his wife, Erica, welcomed their third child into the world in Wednesday, June 8.  Reagan Adeline Eastman weighed 6lbs 14oz and measured 19.5″.  Their other children are Kadence Elizabeth (age 5), and Carter Lewis (almost age 3) who was born on the same day as his grandfather, Ken Eastman.

Proud Papa and Reagan Adeline

The Design Management Institute has recognized Gamblin for their leadership in building a color house while bearing in mind the “Triple bottom line”: Society, Environment, Business.  Read more at the Design Management Institute’s website: Design Management Institute, and click DMI’s Featured article of the month. Featured Article PDF


Star Acquisitions, maker of the Red Rope and other portfolio products, filed for Chapter 11 protection on May 16th. DIP financing is already in place and production is nearly back on track. Star does not anticipate any shortages of these staple products through back-to-school.

Urban Art Throwdown at Blue Plum Festival:  Check out this great time-lapse video of the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, TN.  In under 3 minutes, you can see 8 artists create works on large canvases over 6 hours, using 100 cans of Montana GOLD!  Sponsored by Artopia and Montana Cans.




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