KPG Names Columbus MFG Facility After Former Sun Chairman, Ed Barr
Press release from the issuing company
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) today dedicated its printing plate manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ga., as the Edward E. Barr Building. Barr was KPG’s first Chairman and served on the Board of the company until 2003. He retired in 2002 as Chairman of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the holding Company of Sun Chemical Corporation, following a 40-year career with the company.
“Ed Barr was the driving force in forging the joint venture between Sun Chemical and Eastman Kodak that resulted in the formation of Kodak Polychrome Graphics in 1998,” said Jeff Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer, KPG. “Bringing together the complementary strengths of these two companies into one entity, KPG, exemplifies the visionary thinking that contributed to the growth and success of Sun Chemical during his tenure.”
Barr served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Chemical for 11 years. Under his direction, the company’s sales grew from $600 million in 1987 to more than $3 billion in 1997. He was instrumental in bringing a plate manufacturing facility to Columbus in 1990 as part of Sun Chemical’s Polychrome subsidiary.
With 285 employees and more than 200,000 square feet, the newly-named Edward E. Barr Building houses the largest printing plate manufacturing site in the U.S. In the greater Columbus area, KPG ranks in the top one percent of all employers and the top five percent among manufacturing companies.
“The employees in Columbus and at KPG locations around the world strive everyday to embody Ed’s legacy of a strong commitment to quality products, superior service and customer relationships,” said John S. Robinson, Senior Corporate Vice President, Manufacturing and Product Supply, Kodak Polychrome Graphics. “We’re pleased to honor his contributions to the industry, KPG and Columbus through this named facility.”
Barr began his career with Sun Chemical in 1962 as Assistant to the President. He subsequently served as a Group Vice President and as Executive Vice President, until he was elected Sun Chemical’s President and Chief Operating Officer in 1975. He left the company in 1982 to become Chief Executive Officer and Partner with Courtaulds plc, the British textiles and chemicals giant, in an American-based specialty chemicals joint venture. He rejoined Sun Chemical as its President and CEO following the company’s reorganization at the beginning of 1987.
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