Pittsburgh, Pa., February 25, 2004 - Suttle Straus, Inc. and President John Berthelsen of Waunekee, Wisconsin has become the latest member of the Gutenberg Society. The Society recognizes donors providing a gift commitment of $100,000 or more.
A private donation created this scholarship on behalf of Suttle-Straus, Inc., of Waunakee, Wisconsin. The scholarship makes note of the contributions made by Mr. Berthelsen in building the organization into a leading industry firm, while creating a lasting method for assisting new entrants into the industry.
Citing a need to facilitate the entry and education of more young people into the graphic arts, this scholarship will provide an estimated four students with $1,500 each to pursue a career in printing. Further, the scholarship is specifically structured to give a preference to one or two year technical school educational opportunities. The criteria further stipulates that the students be enrolled in Wisconsin schools, or be residents of Wisconsin.
In an industry that continues to have a need for trained, motivated and interested production employees, quite often, students attending technical schools are not provided with this kind of financial support. Offering this opportunity to young people, through PGSF, created an excellent way for Suttle-Straus to facilitate both their needs for qualified employees and the student’s need for financial assistance.
Suttle-Straus, Inc., is a commercial printer located in the Madison area that has over 170 employees and generates more than $26 million in annual sales. The company has been recognized as one of the leading printers in the country through a number of awards, culminating in being placed in the NAPL Hall of Fame in 1990. It has also been recognized as a multiple “Top Fifty Fastest Growing” printer and is a three time Best Workplace in America recipient.
Mr. Berthelsen joined Suttle in 1979 and has been president and part owner since 1981. During his career he has been heavily involved in industry associations, served on many boards and held several officer positions. He was recognized as the International Craftsman of the Year in 1996, and was inducted into the Printing Hall of Fame in 1998.
Headquartered near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and affiliated with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, PGSF is a 46-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the graphic communications industry by providing scholarship assistance. For more information on scholarships or contributing to PGSF, please contact Bernadine Eckert, program administrator, at 200 Deer Run Road, Sewickley, PA 15143-2600; telephone 412-741-6860, ext. 309; fax 412-741-2311; or email [email protected]