David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.30.09
It is the dream of any entrepreneur to be able to start up a successful business. For Ken Smith and Chris Blackburn, the opportunity to begin a specialty coatings company that can compete with major suppliers has become a dream come true.
While working together at Wikoff Color, Mr. Smith and Mr. Blackburn decided that the time was right to go into the energy curable and aqueous coatings business for themselves. With the support of the Virkler Chemical Company, they formed Coatings Concepts by Virkler (CCV).
“We had an opportunity to do something on our own and we felt there was an opportunity in energy curable, so we took the leap in December 2002,” said Mr. Smith, CCV’s president. “We specialize in all types of coatings, including UV, EB, aqueous and release.” CCV also supplies its customers with anilox roll cleaners and pressroom chemistry.
“When people heard that we were going to create a coatings company, they asked, ‘Why with all the co
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