Members In Action

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Members in Action highlights news about our member businesses and representatives. News is included in the Chamber Matters email sent out every Wednesday, and on this page for a few weeks. To submit information for Chamber Member News, please email Communications Director Lindsey Slater.

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November 6 – 10

Allen Press
Allen Press, Inc. will host a community open house on Thursday, November 9, 2017 to celebrate its Digital Production Center grand opening. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. A Lawrence Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. with remarks from Lawrence City Commission Representative Lisa Larsen and Chamber of Commerce Board member Phil Bradley. Afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to chat with printing, mailing and marketing experts, meet their local sales representative Paula Gibbs, tour the plant and see live demonstrations of two new state-of-the-art digital presses and a variety of high tech finishing equipment. Complimentary food and beverages will be served throughout the day.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence

More than 40 years ago the first ‘Boys Club’ opened in Lawrence. In the many years of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence history since, no name stands out more often than the late Dane Floyd. His legacy will be remembered and celebrated at the unveiling of the Dane Floyd Keystone Club, Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Teen Center (1520 Haskell). It is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Many people whose lives were impacted by Dane will address the crowd. Additionally, the first teen members of the Dane Floyd Keystone Club will present ideas for their kick-off community service project.

The Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ultimate teen program. Youth (14-18) participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. Most of the 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country already charter a Keystone Club. However, due to the size of the current Teen Center, BGCLK has only been able to accommodate a handful of high school students. That will quickly change with the completion of the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures – making now the perfect time to get the Lawrence chapter off the ground.

October 30 – November 3

Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence

The Kiwanis Club of Lawrence hosted its second annual honors dinner and fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence on Thursday evening. Two staff members and a longtime board member were recognized for their service to the organization in the areas of Leadership, Administration and Volunteerism. 

 For the second-consecutive year, Kiwanis concluded the awards ceremony with its vice president – and Boys & Girls Club board member – Matt Llewellyn presenting the Club with a $5,000 check for the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures. BGCLK Executive Director, Colby Wilson, and president of the board, Mike Bourneuf, accepted the check and thanked Kiwanis for their generous support. Chris Austin (Site Coordinator), Duane LaFrenz (Board Member) and Alissa Bauer (Director of Marketing and Communications) were selected as the award recipients for 2017

October 23 – 28

Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence

‘Under the Sea’ was on top of the world when the Schwegler Elementary site was named the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence 2017 Lights On Talent Show champions, Friday night on the Lawrence Free State High School stage.

All 15 BGCLK locations brought the night’s Disney movie-inspired theme, “The Incredible Journey: Quest for the Lights On Trophy” to life. Every site was given two categories to draw from: Disney movies and musicians. Schwegler took on the challenge of blending The Little Mermaid and Justin Bieber – and aced it. In fact, every team aced it. Only three points separated first, second and third place.

October 2-6

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Queen and Frozen, Aladdin and Stevie Wonder, Toy Story and Michael Jackson will pair together in musical harmony when the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence hosts the 2017 Lights On Talent Show at Lawrence Free State High School, Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the free event.

The annual talent show’s theme was the product of creative collaboration among BGCLK staff and kids. All 15 Club locations were given two categories to draw from. The first bucket was full of musically inclined Disney movies. The second bucket contained current and legendary musicians. Fittingly, the event was named as its own Disney movie, “The Incredible Journey: Quest for the Lights On Trophy.”

September 25 – 29

Lawrence Memorial Hospital & OrthoKansas

A vision to develop a regional orthopedic center of excellence advanced today with the announcement of a formal affiliation between OrthoKansas and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Dr. Douglass Stull of OrthoKansas said, “We are very excited about the ability to expand our services further into the eastern Kansas region and beyond, and at the same time continue and expand care for the citizens of Douglas County and Lawrence. To me, this partnership lays the foundation to accomplish those goals.” In March, the two organizations announced they were exploring a broad affiliation with a vision to create a regional orthopedic center of excellence. Since then, the two partners have identified significant opportunities, and a formal relationship is expected to be in place January 1.

September 18 – 22

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce that Terry Leatherman has been promoted to Manager of Association Management Services. Leatherman joined Allen Press in February 2017 as an Association Manager. In his new role, Leatherman will oversee and expand the Allen Press Association Management division, which provides membership management, strategic consultation, database administration, customer service and annual meeting coordination to non-profit societies and associations. Terry’s exemplary work with our clients and executive management experience make him a terrific fit for this position,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, Allen Press Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “He’s a great asset to our organization and the clients we represent, and we are thrilled to have him leading our team going forward.”

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

In many ways, the priority outcomes at Boys & Girls Club are aligned with those of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). The organization made that alignment even clearer by awarding Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence a $100,000 Healthy Living Grant.  The Healthy Living Grants Initiative will focus on health strategies for vulnerable populations, as part of the foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans. Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence was one of eight organizations around the state to be awarded funds by KHF.

“The top threats to health for Kansans are smoking, obesity and access to affordable health care,” said Steve Coen, KHF president & CEO. “Unfortunately, data shows these are critical need areas for low-income Kansans and racially diverse communities – both rural and urban. With these eight partner organizations, we can target our resources so ALL Kansans can have the opportunity for better health.”

September 11-15

Sunflower Bank

In order to give back to its Texas neighbors after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Sunflower Bank, First National 1870, and Guardian Mortgage are collecting gift cards for ongoing relief donations at all bank branches and mortgage offices across its seven state footprint. The gift card collection is in partnership with the Houston Food Bank that will be distributing the cards to those in need in Southeast Texas. 

Gift cards are being collected until September 27 at all Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 branches throughout Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.  Guardian Mortgage, a division of Sunflower Bank, N.A., will also be accepting donated cards at its locations in Arizona, Michigan, and Texas.  Any denomination cards to national retail and food service chains will be accepted, though smaller denominations are encouraged.

September 4 – 8

Jane Bateman: The Interiors Store
Open House Celebrating 40 Years! In celebration of 40 years as a locally owned business, Jane Bateman: The Interiors Store will host an Open House on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 2108 W. 27th Street, Suite I Lawrence, KS. Come see new styles and register for gift certificate drawings. Refreshments will be provided. A donation to Just Food will be made in honor of attendees.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

A new facility is only part of the construction plan in the works for the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures. Beginning September 15, current Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Director of Operations, Monica Dittmer, will start ‘constructing’ a teen strategy in her new role as the Center for Great Futures Executive Director.

Dittmer, who began her career at Boys & Girls Club in 2002, will shift away from her long-term post as the Director of Operations into a brand new position. Her first tasks will include creating a Teen Advisory Board and strengthening existing partnerships with Lawrence’s middle and high school administrations. With construction officially underway, Dittmer will spend the 2017-18 school year developing teen-focused programming that will utilize the new spaces and technologies offered at the Center for Great Futures.

August 28 – September 1

Envista Credit Union
Jamie Beaton was named Vice President of Mortgage Services at Envista Credit Union. Beaton will lead Envista’s continued success in providing a variety of mortgage products and high quality local servicing. “Jamie has a record of achievement and performance excellence, and we are very excited to offer her this new opportunity,” said Ron Smeltzer, President and CEO of Envista Credit Union. “We are confident that she will lead our Mortgage Department to even greater success in the very near future.”
Beaton has been with Envista for 13 years. She is the recipient of Envista’s President’s Award for Excellence twice, the Sales Excellence Gold Award five times, the Sales Excellence Silver Award three times, and the Insurance Sales Excellence Award three times. Under Beaton’s leadership, Envista’s North Topeka branch received Branch of the Year three times. Beaton is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka. “It is an exciting time to be at Envista with so many opportunities ahead,” said Beaton. “I look forward to further contributing to the company’s continued growth.”

Envista Credit Union is a full service financial institution established in 1957 to provide members quality products and services to achieve their financial goals. Envista currently has $345 million in assets and serves more than 40,000 Kansans with offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Hutchinson. For more information call 785-228-0149 or visit www.envistacu.com.

August 14 – 18

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Avion Nelson, a current Teen Center member, shared a story that got the crowd laughing early Thursday morning. With more than 200 people gathered at the Lawrence College and Center, he told the crowd what he is most excited about when the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures opens in 2018.

“Two years ago, during the winter, I was at the Club and really wanted to play basketball,” he said in his first public speech. “But my friends thought I was crazy because there was snow on the ground. I shoveled all of the snow off of the court so that my friends and I could play. What I am most excited about at this new Teen Center is having an indoor gym…so I don’t have to shovel the court anymore.”

That recollection was one of numerous highlights and joyful moments at the Groundbreaking on Great Futures Ceremony. Executive Director, Colby Wilson, began the program by thanking the crowd, which was even larger than anticipated. Members of the Lawrence Public School Board, the Lawrence City Commission, surrounding Boys & Girls Clubs, current and former parents of Club kids, a huge turnout from the Red Dog’s “Dog Days” community workout group and several others were there to show their support.

Hardhat tours of the site and the Lawrence College and Career can be arranged upon request. To schedule a tour, contact Wilson at cwilson@bgclk.org.

July 24 – 28

Prairie Land Insurance

Safeco Insurance has recognized Prairie Land Insurance, with a Safeco® Key Agent Program award for performance and partnership. Only 10% of all the independent insurance agencies countrywide that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this honor, which recognizes an agency’s success and its commitment to serve customers as a trusted advisor. “We are honored to be recognized as a Safeco Key Agent agency for the third year in a row,” said James Lowe, Principal of Prairie Land Insurance. “Prairie Land Insurance has represented Safeco Insurance since October of 2012, and we take pride in our strong working relationship and our shared commitment to helping our customers protect what matters most to them.”

July 17 – 21

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

It will not be long before all middle and high school students in Lawrence have a state of the art facility where they can explore education and career opportunities, build character and increase healthy lifestyles. Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Executive Director Colby Wilson announced that the organization will break ground on the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures, Thursday, August 10 at 8 a.m.

Co-chairs Al and Sue Hack led the “Great Futures Start Here” campaign, directing a steering committee of Club volunteers and staff to secure more than $4 million to construct the facility. Named after Don “Red Dog” Gardner and his wife, Beverly, the building also serves as a tribute to the couple that has been longtime volunteers and supporters of the Boys & Girls Club. Wilson credits their work – and the work of many dedicated public servants – as the reason this groundbreaking moment is possible.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

We are pleased to announce that Dan Cooper has accepted the Sr. Data Integrity & Registration Coordinator position in the Finance and Member Solutions department. Most recently, Dan was working for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in Kansas City as their Accounting and Data Specialist. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Member Services Coordinator and Marketing Intern. Prior to NSCAA, he held internship roles with Colorado State University in compliance and the Kansas City Chiefs in community relations.

We are pleased to announce that Emily Fuger has accepted the Manager, Environmental Programs position in the Environmental Programs department. Emily currently lives and works in Monona, Wisconsin for the Crop Science Society (CSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) as the Manager, Student and Early Career Activities organizing committee volunteers, recruiting and matching students with Crop Advisor mentors and managing the Golden Opportunity and Greenfield Scholars Program. The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is the professional association with the C-5 division for turf grass scientists.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

The physicians of Reed Medical Group and Lawrence Memorial Hospital President & CEO Russ Johnson have announced the affiliation of LMH and Reed Medical Group. Providers at the longtime Lawrence medical practice who became employed by LMH on July 1 include Drs. Donald Hatton, Joan Brunfeldt, Lida Osbern, Philip Hoffmann and Walter Farrell.

The practice’s name is changing to Reed Internal Medicine. Drs. Elaine Kennedy and Eric Huerter will continue their relationship with the Reed group through their practice, Reed Medical Group MDVIP Affiliates.

July 10 – 14

OrthoKansas

OrthoKansas has added three new physical therapists and expanded hours for therapy services. The new therapists are David Klaus, Mitchell Montgomery and Caleb Pazzie.

David Klaus, LAT, DPT is a 2012 graduate Fort Hays State University obtaining a Bachelors Science in Athletic Training, and a 2017 graduate of The University Kansas Medical Center with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Before joining OrthoKansas David was an athletic trainer for rural high schools in Western Kansas, and since 2014 has worked for Overland Park Regional Medical Center as an athletic trainer specializing in soccer, football, and hockey with vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions and musculoskeletal injuries sustained during athletic activity. He is experienced in sports medicine with a special emphasis on injury prevention in athletes, and also has a passion for orthopedics.

Mitchell Montgomery, DPT is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in Education, as well as a minor in Business. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Mitchell has experience in both acute care as well as outpatient settings. His main interests include injury prevention, movement assessment, and return to sport; he has certification in functional movement screening as well.

Caleb Pazzie, DPT is a 2010 graduate of Pittsburg State University where he received his Bachelors in Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy and was a member of the football team from 2005-2010. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 2013. He has experience in various outpatient and orthopedic settings. He has particular interest in treating sports injuries, improving all types of injuries through strengthening, and teaching people how to move better.

The three join a roster of professionals that include Carol Ryan, Jamie Starcevich, Heather Watson, Andrea Rector, Deva Bonnel and Tyrel Reed. OrthoKansas also has extended hours for therapy services. For a complete list go to www.orthokansasllc.com.

The Oread/The Eldridge

TEN restaurant, inside the Eldridge Hotel, and Bird Dog Bar/Five 21, inside The Oread, have earned the 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, which gives wine lovers reason to feel confident in their wine choices at these two elegant locales.

The two restaurants are the only Wine Spectator winners in Lawrence. It’s the fifth win for The Oread. TEN, inside the historic Eldridge Hotel, earned the award from 2007 through 2015.

“Customers will be wowed by our extensive wine list that heavily features many wonderful varieties from California. Wine producing regions around the globe are also represented, including French wine. Our servers, bartenders and managers will be happy to help you select just the right wine to pair with your meal,” said Nancy Longhurst, General Manager of the hotels. “This award particularly means a lot to our restaurant managers who make careful selections from quality producers.”

TEN restaurant and Bird Dog/Five 21 will be listed among the winners in the 2017 Wine Spectator magazine’s August edition, available on newsstands August 31. Wine Spectator reaches about 3 million people and brands itself as the world’s leading authority on wine.

June 19 – 23

Kern Marketing Group, Inc.

The Kern Group has been be recognized as one of the best advertising agencies in Kansas City Area for 2017 by Expertise.com. One hundred and twenty-three advertising agencies were considered by Expertise.com. The Kern Group was named one of the Top 20 best advertising agencies based on specific criteria using in-house software by Expertise.com. “It’s an honor to be listed among such great agencies. We have gone through many changes over the years to keep up with the ever-changing marketing landscape. Our talented staff and online marketing success has made this possible.” stated Mark Kern, President and CEO of the Kern Marketing Group Inc.

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Financial and Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated (SGB) announced the completion of their merger effective today, June 19, bringing together the holding companies and their respective banking entities: Sunflower Bank N.A., First National Bank of Santa Fe, and Capital Bank, SSB, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. The new holding company, FirstSun Capital Bancorp will be the third largest Colorado-headquartered institution by total assets.

As a super-community bank with 60 offices in in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, the bank will be organized into eight regions. In Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri the bank will operate as Sunflower Bank, and in New Mexico and Texas the brand name will be First National 1870. This model is designed to elevate local leadership, drive local decision-making, and maintain a connection to all communities. While the bank will operate under two names, depending upon location, the organization operates as one, giving clients the full benefit of larger scale, quick response, and accessibility.

June 12 – 16

Envista Credit Union
Kate White, branch manager for Envista Credit Union in Lawrence, received the Ken Norton Community Involvement Award for displaying outstanding dedication and commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.

Kate serves on numerous committees throughout the year including: Lawrence Board of Realtors Community Relations Committee & the Education Committee, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Marketing Co-Chair for the Rock the Block Event, Rotary Philanthropy Committee, Chamber of Commerce ENVOY Committee, United Way CU Save Program Committee, Welcome Club “Nosh with the Newbies” Committee. Her volunteer activities also include participating in phone drives for Kansas Public Radio, leading financial literacy classes for United Way CU Save Program, assisting Toys for Tots with toy pickup and delivery, and helping with multiple charity golf tournaments in the Lawrence area.

“Kate demonstrates a strong commitment to building relationships and improving the lives of those around her through her service in the community and at Envista,” said Ron Smeltzer, president and CEO of Envista Credit Union.

 

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Katie Schuster has accepted the Curriculum Specialist position in the Professional Development department. Katie is currently the Resource and Training Specialist for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved in Topeka where she identifies training and technical assistance resources for KAMU member organizations, coordinates event logistics and manages the data repository and evaluation dashboard reporting. Prior to KAMU, Katie was an administrative assistant for K-Coe Isom, LLP in Lenexa overseeing daily office operations and managing internal meetings/events. Katie has also worked for United Way of Greater Topeka as the Sr. Director of Campaign Operations and at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in Lawrence as an Attendant Care-Provider in the Child and Family Service Department.

Ian Stuart has accepted the Applications Developer II position with the Information Technology department. Ian’s background consists of roles at Allen Press (where he worked closely with Eric H.) developing applications for internal stakeholders to create efficiencies and consistencies in their business practices as well as America Job Link Alliance where he provided application and desktop support to remote customers. Ian has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of KS and a master’s degree in Education from Memphis University.

Ken Harris has accepted the Applications Delivery Engineer position with the Information Technology department. Ken worked for Eric H. at Allen Press, for which he spent 11 years as their Operating Systems Support Specialist. In addition, Ken worked for Advisors Tech as a Application Delivery Engineer. Ken is well-versed in active directory management, Office 365 and business analysis and workflow improvement. Ken has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature with an emphasis in Technical Writing from the University of Maine.

Becky Downing will transition to the Information Technology department to assume a newly created Business Analyst positionBecky will be responsible for gathering, organizing and translating all project requirements, both business intelligence and technical, and communicating them to project stakeholders.

 

Sunflower Bank
Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. (“Sunflower”) and Texas-based Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated (“SGB”) are pleased to announce the receipt of the required regulatory approvals for the merger of the holding companies and a merger of their respective banking entities, Sunflower Bank N.A., First National Bank of Santa Fe, and Capital Bank, SSB, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. The transaction was previously announced and is expected to close on June 19, 2017.
“We look forward to building upon the specialized strengths of each of these organizations. In this strategic merger, we will be able to enhance the innovative financial solutions we bring to our clients,” said Mollie Hale Carter, Chairman and CEO of Sunflower. “We have long believed that community banking plays an important role in the financial system, and we will continue to bring enhanced products and services to strengthen our personal and community relationships.”

June 5 – 9

Cottonwood Inc.
July 13-15th – Salute! – A Festival of Wine and Food is a three-day benefit for Cottonwood, Inc. that offers something for wine lovers of all levels and tastes. Every year, more than 600 people travel from near and far to attend the celebrated event. On Thursday, Salute! begins with the Mass Street Mosey. At the Mosey, attendees can stroll through designated downtown businesses sipping wine and sampling delicious local food. The fun continues Friday evening with a gourmet Winemaker Dinner. We are excited to announce our winemaker for the Winemaker Dinner on July 14th, 2017. It will be Saurabh Kathuria from Ramón Bilbao. The portfolio represents Spanish wines. Read more here: http://www.bodegasramonbilbao.es/en/history/

The festival concludes Saturday with The Grand Tasting. More than 250 wines will be on hand as well as local gourmet food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in town. Tickets on sale now. www.salutewinefest.com or 785-840-1604.

May 29 – June 2

Marla’s Quilts

African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy will host the first ever National African American Quilt Conference, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various mediums by African American artists Plans for the Conference include keynote speaker Faith Ringgold, exhibition, and demonstrations in various art forms  in the Cultural District, including the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art educations programming for children adults, and historical walks and tours. The conference will be July 12 – 15. You can learn more by visiting https://www.naaqc.org/.

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank congratulates $1,892 drawing winner, Janiene Winsor of Lawrence, Kansas. The drawing is part of a larger celebration commemorating Sunflower Bank’s 125th birthday with special events and gifts.

“We are thrilled for Janiene and excited to have the winner of our $1,892 drawing here in Lawrence,” commented Glynn Sheridan, Market President and Regional Director. “For 125 years, we at Sunflower Bank have made it our focus to support and create possibility for the people of our communities. It is a focus we honor and continue to this day. We are proud to serve Lawrence and people like Janiene.”

May 22 – 26

Allen Press 

Allen Press, Inc. has purchased a HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press. The Indigo 7900 is the leading 13 x 19 inch format digital sheetfed press on the market and provides a wide range of digital applications through innovative print quality, media versatility and intelligent automation. In addition to the Indigo 7900, Allen Press is adding a C.P. Bourg Inline Booklet Maker ExPress and an Epic CT-750 Coating System. “This package of equipment will help us take our digital printing operations to an entirely new level and open the door to new markets and print revenue channels,” said Julie Rinke, Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Support Services.

May 8 – 12

Crown Automotive

This month, Crown’s owner, Miles Schnaer was named as an inductee into the Junior Achievement Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. I’ve attached a photo of all four of this year’s inductees. We are beyond proud that Miles is being recognized for his abilities as a business man and for his willingness to give back to the community in Lawrence.  On May 9, Crown hosted a barbecue luncheon to celebrate our winning of the Toyota President’s Award for the 13th year. The President’s Award is given to dealerships that meet Toyota’s high standard’s of customer service!

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. has purchased two Hawk M6 UV variable inkjet systems from Capital Mailing Equipment, Inc. The Hawk M6 is the latest generation of high-resolution drop-on-demand (DOD) print technology. The Hawk M6’s utilizes UV inks and LED lamps for drying which shortens production time overall.
“Integrating these variable inkjet systems into our plant means publications can be addressed faster which means we gain a lot of production efficiencies and can deliver jobs quicker,” said Julie Rinke, Vice President of Operations. The system can print on both coated (UV and AQ) and uncoated paper, foil, plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and even chipboard according to Troy Shatus, President of Capital Mailing Equipment, Inc. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our capabilities and position the company for future growth,” said Randy Radosevich, CEO. “The Hawk M6 will allow us to offer new services to our customers in the coming months, including more direct mail options.” The inkjet system is scheduled for installation during the summer at the Lawrence, Kansas manufacturing facility.
Allen Press, Inc. is the recipient of eleven awards from the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica’s 2017 Graphic Excellence Competition (GraphEx). Three publication entries received Best of Category awards and six publications received Awards of Excellence. The Best of Category awards include Naked Food Magazine (Environmentally Sound Materials), Phase/Spencer Museum of Art Newsletter (Newsletters) and The Mineralogical Record – Berezovks, Russia! (Web Magazines, Periodicals and Publications). The Awards of Excellence winners include HighTower HAPPY, Mineral Collection in the American Northeast, Stanford Business Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Arabian Horse Times and Orchids. Along with these awards, Allen Press received two additional honors at the GraphEx Awards Gala: a Gold Award in Division III for Naked Food Magazine and a Silver “Best of Kansas City” award for The Mineralogical Record – Berezovks, Russia!

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