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AGAT: Meadows is outstanding in the field

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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AGAT: Meadows is outstanding in the field

The Association for Graphic Arts Training (AGAT) named John Meadows the recipient of its 2009 Terry McMillan Award. The annual award is named for one of AGAT's co-founders.

“John's tenure in the industry, his commitment to the association, and his passion for learning, training, quality and people made him the No. 1 candidate,” said Bryan Orme, AGAT president and Printech Plus quality manager.

Meadows worked most recently as training manager and continuous improvement coordinator, his latest assignment during a 23-year career with Transcontinental Miami Valley (Fairborn, OH). Meadows joined AGAT in 1990. Incorporated in 1989 by a small group of industry trainers and educators, AGAT helps graphic communications companies increase productivity. See

Seeing is believing at Print Art

Carl Blase, CEO of Print Art (Egg Harbor, NJ) recently hosted a plant tour for Atlantic Christian School's digital publishing class. The students, in grades 9-12 at the Egg Harbor Township private school, saw printed pieces at all stages, from conception to completion.

“We see printed materials everywhere but few people know the professional skills needed to produce them,” said instructor Carole Karabashian. “Printing is a wonderful combination of all that the students have been learning. It incorporates English, mathematics and art — the students clearly saw that [during their tour].”

Print Art serves advertising, educational, financial, gaming, healthcare and retail clients. The all-Heidelberg shop's newest addition is a 6-color SM 102 perfector. Digital highlights include a VUTEk PressVu 3200.


Student printers on YouTube

William Anthony, a student at Johnson High School (Gainesville, GA) won first place in The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia's (PIAG's) YouTube contest. Effingham High School (Springfield, GA) students Jessica Parker and Chelsea McIntyre received honorable mentions.

Contestants were asked to produce a YouTube video of four minutes or less using photos taken during the 2009 SkillsUSA Georgia training and competitions held at Heidelberg USA this past April.

“The introductions and slide transitions set Will's video apart,” said Pat Klarecki, a professor at Ferris State University and a coordinator for the Graphic Communications World Skills competition.

See all of the entries at

Educating future packaging professionals

Clemson University recently dedicated the Harris A. Smith Building, home to the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.

The 28,000-sq.-ft. building is named for Harris A. Smith of Atlanta, former chairman, president and CEO of Smith Container Corp., founded by the Smith family in 1907. Smith sold the company several years ago.

Smith made gifts and pledges of $3.7 million and Sonoco Products Co. of Hartsville $2.5 million for the construction of the building and to launch the packaging institute. Most of the money to pay for the $7 million structure was donated.