“The position of executive director was created to assist in performing the day-to-day management of the group, including member recruitment, national marketing, contract negotiation and administration,” said Dennis Curtin, president of the Print Suppliers Group. “Previously, we had self-managed the group, rotating responsibilities between members. This form of management served the group well when we were starting out. Now that we have grown to a $60 million organization, the group decided to bring in a high caliber ink industry professional and advance the group to the next level.”
“Chris was an obvious choice due to his 25 years of experience in the ink industry and outstanding reputation,” Marlon Tusche, vice president of the group, added. “Many of us within the group have known Chris for several years, and we are confident he is the right choice to carry out our vision.”
A 25-year veteran of the ink industry, Mr. Cox has spent the last 11 years with the Sun Chemical organization in sales management, regional management and national account management. He began his ink career at Handschy Industries in Chicago as a lab technician before going into lab management and eventually technical sales for Superior Printing Ink.
Mr. Cox said that PSG offers excellent opportunities for smaller ink manufacturers to improve their efficiencies through cost reduction and the development and sharing of best practices.
“We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve as a group,” Mr. Cox said. “The vision of PSG is to improve our members’ ability to remain independent while competing directly with the large multinational ink companies. Also, as the printing industry continues to consolidate, we are well positioned with a strong national presence coupled with outstanding local service to meet the needs of large print organizations. Our size and purchasing power also gives PSG access to products our members ordinarily wouldn’t have, and will allow us to launch a PSG-branded national product line incorporating world-class ink technologies in January 2008.”
With a commitment to growth based on technology and value, PSG offers the printing industry inks, coatings and total print support for the sheetfed, heatset and cold web markets as well as supplies and systems for the digital market. Mr. Cox said the group’s goal is to expand to 20 members, adding both to its geographic capabilities as well as into new product offerings such as flexo, screen and digital ink.
“PSG has so much potential,” Mr. Cox said. “The members have done a great job pulling this together. There is a tremendous camaraderie among the members and a true willingness to help each other.”