The Packaging & Label Gravure Association Global (PLGA) has named Bill Klein to serve as executive director of the newly formed PLGA Global Educational Foundation Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to expand the educational reach of the PLGA Global through increased scholarship awards to needy students pursuing higher education in graphic arts, and to fund specific problem solving and new technology research projects related to the gravure printing process.
Klein, a well known industry figure and author of "They Built An Industry: The History of the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Roll Label industry", recently retired as executive director of PLGA Global. At the association’s recent annual meeting in Miami, the membership presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Klein is an economist with a background in market research, marketing management, business development and consulting for more than 45 years within the packaging and label industry. He played a significant role in the development of EDP products, food and industrial label applications, UPC and the US Postal Service’s use of linerless labels for CFSII and MUMS applications. He currently runs his own consulting operation, Business Factors Inc.
Randy Butler, of Printpack, continues as chairman of an expanded PLGA Global Scholarship Committee overseeing the awarding of student scholarships. Bill Disney of Diversapack also will continue in his role as chairman of the PLGA’s Technical Committee. A call for specific technical projects will be made within the next few months.
Succeeding Klein as executive director of PLGA Global is Jim Lepp, of Lepp & Associates Inc., Naples, FL, USA. Lepp is a consultant and broker of printing and converting machinery.