Sal Moscuzza, a 47-year veteran of the ink industry who recently retired as senior vice president and principal ink technologist at Superior Printing Ink, has been named the 2008 Man of the Year by the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA).
Mr. Moscuzza’s record of service to the ink industry started in 1961 when he joined Bernhard and Meiners. He soon joined Superior Printing Ink, rising to the position of technical director in 1982. He formulated a wide variety of successful inks and varnishes, including Superior’s Super Gloss and Super Tech sheetfed ink lines. In 1992, Mr. Moscuzza took on additional responsibilities, including engineering. He played a key role in designing the company’s Central Manufacturing Facility in Hamden, CT, and also designed the company’s varnish plant in Hamden as well as it new headquarters in Teterboro, NJ. Mr. Moscuzza is also dedicated to education, teaching courses on ink as well as mentoring a number of ink chemists.
Stan Hittman, executive vice president of Superior Printing Ink, served as master of ceremonies. Calling Mr. Moscuzza, “one of the industry’s best,” Mr. Hittman paid tribute to his long career in the ink business.
Steve Simpson, senior vice president, chief technical officer at Superior also offered praise for Mr. Moscuzza’s dedication to the ink industry: “Sal, many make a mark on a company, but few have such a resounding legacy.”
Several of Mr. Moscussa’s friends and colleagues were unable to attend the ceremony, but sent written messages, and without fail, mentioned his passion for the industry and attention to detail.
“You have given your time and expertise to the industry and NAPIM,” said Harvey Brice, former owner of Superior Printing Ink in an e-mail message. “It was a pleasure to work with you.”
“Congratulations on what you have accomplished in the graphic arts industry,” wrote Cal Sutphin, president of Braden Sutphin Ink and the 2007 MNYPIA Man of the Year. “We met in 1960, and even as a young lab technician, you stood out.”
Mr. Moscuzza was a dedicated proponent of education and proper training in the industry. Jim Coleman, executive director of NAPIM, was on hand to honor Mr. Moscuzza. “I’m here to recognize Sal’s contributions to NPIRI for many years,” Mr. Coleman said. “He has been a steady and major contributor to the industry.”
Mr. Moscuzza expressed his appreciation of the award. “I had to sit down for about five minutes when I found out I was being honored,” said Mr. Moscuzza. “I couldn’t have been more humbled. I would like to thank the association.”
Mr. Moscuzza ended his speech with his desire to see increased training and continuing education in the ink industry. “I’ve always been a proponent of training,” he said. “We need to change how we look at technical training. It’s not something you learn in two to three years. It takes a long time. We need to use outside sources like NPIRI’s short courses at Fox Valley.”