Monday, October 29, 2007

Tony Makhoul Named CPD Financial Controller

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Napco Group has named Tony Makhoul the Financial Controller of the Consumer Products Division, effective 1 October 2007.

Tony joined National Paper Company Ltd. (NPCL) in Jeddah in 1995 as Chief Accountant. In 1997, he became Administrative & Accounts Manager. Given his dedication, commitment and understanding of the company's business environment, he was promoted to General Manager in 2001.

Under his leadership and supported by a strong management team and workforce, NPCL achieved substantial growth in both local and export markets. His understanding of the company's requirements has been instrumental in implementing new systems and procedures that lead to better controls and cost effectiveness.

Let us congratulate Tony on his new position!

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

INDEVCO Member Places in AICC’s 2007 Corrugated Design Lab Competition

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Dory Richa was part of a four-person team to win third place for its POP display design.

Currently on assignment with Interstate Resources, Inc., Richa is responsible for design and development at The Center of Technical Excellence for INDEVCO Paper & Container Division.

Richa, along with 43 other packaging designers grouped into teams, participated at the event on 10 – 11 October 2007 at the Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Using functioning CAD tables and computer work stations, teams worked on a real world design problem provided by Central Container Corp.

Richa’s third-place team designed a four-sided point-of-purchase (POP) display that fit seven SKUs of greeting cards. The display, whose design was reminiscent of the Twin Cities, was within the required footprint restriction and other basic specifications, easily movable from a tiled location to a carpeted floor, and stable on the floor.

3rd Place Team Winners (L – R): Boon Min Si, Great Little Box Ltd
Dory Richa, Interstate Resources, Inc.
Livia Waterson, Great Little Box, Ltd
Jeff Mills, Bird Packaging Ltd

Richa explains, “This event allowed us to benchmark our design
skills and know-how against international standards.”

Judges evaluated display designs according to a number of criteria: ability to meet customer needs; die-cutting, scoring, slotting and quality; the complexity of converting the display; assembly to fit all parts; joining quality; and ease of assembly and set up.

Gerber Innovations/Data Technology and EskoArtwork fully sponsored the design lab competition.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Jim Morgan Named President & COO of Interstate Resources, Inc

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Antoine Frem, Chairman and CEO of Interstate Resources, Inc. (IRI), has announced the appointment of Jim Morgan to President and COO of IRI, effective 10 September 2007.

Jim will be responsible for all IRI operations, including the Mill Division, Container Division, and corporate staff activities of Human Resources, Administration and Mill Sales. IRI headquarters is located in Arlington, VA; nine manufacturing plants are spread along the East Coast in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

IRI is a member of the international manufacturing group, INDEVCO, headquartered in Lebanon.

Before joining IRI, he was Executive Vice President at Duro Bag Manufacturing Company and President of Duro Designer LLC, both located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to Duro, he was President and COO of Bay State Paper Company.

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Charles Feghali Named Managing Director IRI / INDEVCO North America

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Antoine Frem, Chairman and CEO of Interstate Resources, Inc. (IRI), has announced the appointment of Charles Feghali to Managing Director, IRI / INDEVCO North America.

Effective 10 September 2007, Charles will be responsible for the growth of IRI through major new capital investments. In addition, he will lead the growth of Interstate’s parent company, INDEVCO, in the United States. INDEVCO is an international packaging and consumer goods manufacturing group based in Lebanon.

Charles has held various positions within IRI and INDEVCO Group for more than 25 years. During the past 11 years, he served as IRI's President and COO.

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