BOWE BELL + HOWELL Division Celebrates Move To New Facility
Press release from the issuing company
(Durham, N.C., June 29, 2005…) Employees of Bowe Bell + Howell’s Document Processing Solutions Division capped off their move to a new state-of-the-art facility in Durham, N.C., with a weeklong celebration highlighted by a photo contest open to all associates worldwide. Judged on content, artistic quality and how best they captured the theme of “change,” the winning entries will be displayed throughout the building on a new electronic employee communication system.
Located in the Tri-Center South complex off of South Alston and Cornwallis Roads in Durham, N.C., the new Böwe Bell + Howell facility will serve as the North American customer showcase for the company’s line of document processing equipment and software. “This expanded facility now encompasses manufacturing, research and development, customer service, marketing, finance, training and other functions that were previously scattered throughout several Durham locations,” said John Lombard, president, Field Operations. “The consolidation into one building will allow us to foster more synergy to better serve our customers.”
About 350 employees will be based out of the consolidated Durham facility, according to Sylvetta Harris, human resources business partner and the contest’s coordinator. “Böwe Bell + Howell has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past few years,” said Harris. “We thought a photography contest would be a good way to engage our employees in creatively expressing their attitudes toward change.”
More than 30 associates worldwide submitted photo entries, and a diverse panel selected one grand prize winner and three runner-up prize winners. The winning entries were announced during Family Day on June 25 as a wrap-up to the company’s Move Week Celebration Activities. The grand prize winner received a digital camera, and first- through third-place winners received monetary awards.
Grand Prize - Kevin Claffey – East Granby, CT
1st Prize – Ted Vergis - North York, ON Canada
2nd Prize – Gabriel Puyana – Toronto, ON Canada
3rd Prize – Lee Pugh – Riverton, UT
Judging was conducted by a distinguished panel of arts, photography and business experts consisting of the following individuals:
- Linda Johnson Dougherty, adjunct associate curator of contemporary art, North Carolina Museum of Art;
- Trisha Gensic, assistant director, Office of Employment and Economic Development, City of Durham;
- Steve Mallin, professional photographer, Mallin Photography;
- Lynsi Steffen, marketing manager, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; and
- Steve Wilson, photographer, Triangle Business Journal.
“It’s sometimes hard to accept change in the way we do work – much less to celebrate that change as a new season of opportunity,” said Gensic. “I believe that these photos may help each of the employees of Böwe Bell + Howe look forward to continual change as the beginning of new opportunities for themselves and the company they serve.”
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