GAA Honors Tom Quadracci as 2004 Person of the Year
Press release from the issuing company
April 9, 2004 -- As our company grows our gravure operations with the anticipated startup of gravure presses in Oklahoma City this fall, Quad/Graphics President & CEO Tom Quadracci is being honored by the Gravure Association of America (GAA) as one of its Persons of the Year for 2004.
The awards luncheon for this prestigious honor will be held in October, right about the time our two new 108-inch Cerutti gravure presses will begin production. Those presses will be supported by two fully automated Hell Gravure Systems Helioklischograph K6 gravure cylinder engravers, the first of their kind put into live production in the Western Hemisphere.
“This honor is especially timely for us at Quad/Graphics, as we expand our gravure production west of the Mississippi River,” Tom said. “I’m honored that the GAA recognizes the value that our new plant will add to the industry, in addition to our two other gravure facilities. I will accept this honor in the names of the countless employees who have worked so hard to make our gravure dreams a reality.”
The GAA Person of the Year award recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed unselfishly to the advancement of gravure and the gravure industry, said Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch, executive director of the Gravure Education Foundation.
As a company founder and through his previous roles as vice president of Manufacturing and Technology for Quad/Graphics and president of QuadTech, Tom has been instrumental in the growth of Quad/Graphics. He was a catalyst for our entering the gravure market in 1985 — the first time in decades a printer dared go such a route — and supervised the acquisition of gravure equipment for our Lomira, Wis., plant. In 1997, our Martinsburg, W.Va., plant joined Lomira in gravure production.
Tom will receive the GAA honor alongside Tom Coker, vice president and general manager of Sonoco Flexible Packaging. Past recipients of the GAA honor include Madame Tere Cerutti of Gruppo Cerutti, manufacturer of gravure presses, among others.
“I am in good company in receiving this award, and I’m thrilled that Quad/Graphics is recognized as a leader in the gravure industry,” Tom said.
The GAA was formed in 1987 as a result of the merger between the Gravure Technical Association and the Gravure Research Institute, both of which were in existence since 1947. The GAA publishes Gravure magazine and supports the Gravure Education Foundation.
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