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Companies all over the world are adopting sustainable strategies and processes, and SGIA wants to recognize their achievements. SGIA members can now apply to participate in the 2015 SGIA Sustainability Recognition Program, designed to recognize those who have committed to a sustainable business ethic.

Delcam has scheduled a series of webinar demonstrations of the Express and Insignia versions of its ArtCAM range of artistic CADCAM software.

In partnership with the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is developing a new certification for operators of dedicated and purpose-built pile driving rigs.

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) plans to showcase its entire consumer and prosumer 3D printing capabilities at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2015 at the Sands Expo, booth 72225. The company will announce new hardware and software developments in desktop full-color 3D printing; 3D printing food and software for design and gaming. From clothes to wearables to desserts and even virtual gaming, 3DS invites show attendees to experience how 3D printing has the power to impact everyday life.

Halco Lighting Technologies has hired Ed Rule as Northwest regional manager. Rule is responsible for leading the sales and training of the independent agencies servicing electrical distributors in the Northwest. He previously worked for Light Corporation and CT Lighting Sales and The Lighting Agency. He brings over fifteen years of industry experience in various sales and management roles to his new position.

Keystone Technologies has appointed Ira Greenberg as chief executive officer. Greenberg has been with the company for over thirteen years and most recently served as chief operating officer. Keystone has also promoted Jake Alpert to the position of vice president of Operations. Alpert has been with the company for three years, overseeing the operations and logistics functions. In his new role, Alpert will be an integral member of the finance, human resources, and operations teams.

Mimaki USA has hired Steve Cutler as sales representative in the Chicago branch. Cutler brings to the company deep knowledge of the wide format printing industry from former sales, marketing and management positions at Fujifilm, Agfa Graphics, Charette, IKON Office Solutions, A.B. Dick, and Océ USA. Mimaki has also hired Tiffany Smith as sales representative in the Dallas branch. Smith joins Mimaki USA from Sign Warehouse where she was a Senior Sales Consultant responsible for sales of wide-format printing, vinyl cutting, and laser engraving equipment.

Ricoh Company, Ltd. has acquired PTI® Marketing Technologies™, a premiere software-as-a-service marketing asset management and marketing solutions provider. The multi-million dollar acquisition ensures that Ricoh and PTI will continue to develop new marketing collateral management tools that help enterprises and commercial printers improve control of their marketing assets and workflow.

Universal Lighting Technologies has named Mid-Atlantic Lighting as a new sales agency in the Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and northern Virginia markets. As a representative for Universal Lighting, Mid-Atlantic Lighting will offer the full Universal Lighting inventory. Universal has also named Silvia Burdi as the new regional sales manager for the Midwest region of the US. Burdi will be responsible for growing the Midwest distribution channel by managing and supporting agents and distributors. She joins Universal with more than sixteen years of lighting industry experience.

Ventex Technology, Inc. and Transco To Go, LLC have been acquired by a Texas investor group. Both companies will be integrated and operate as Ventex Technology, LLC. The Texas-based investor group is led by J. Bryan and Blake Vincent, Partners at Principal LED. The acquisition will offer sign manufacturers a comprehensive stream of lighting products and leading-edge technology sold through a well established sign supply distributor network throughout North America. Henry A. Brown, III will serve as president and will lead the combined company’s day-to-day operations.

Casco Signs, Inc. is a full-service sign shop that makes use of its 52,000 square feet of production/manufacturing space to do everything from awnings to wraps to custom LED lighting.

In my opinion, one of the problems these days with comparisons between LEDs and neon (Photo 1) is that you really can’t make a fair comparison. It’s apple and oranges.

CET Color, a leading manufacturer of UV flatbed and hybrid printers, has been awarded the prestigious SGIA Product of the Year Award for its Q5-1000h hybrid printer in the Roll-to-Roll (over 96-inch) category.

DaVinci Technologies, a distributor and manufacturer of supplies for the wide format printing industry, has been announced as a Northeast distributor of the HP Latex 300 Printer Series. They will offer the following models: HP 310 Latex Printer, HP 330 Latex Printer, and HP 360 Latex Printer.

The worlds of design, technology, controls and systems integration converge in an incomparable presentation of innovation and education—all in the global celebration of lighting advancement that is LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) 2015 May 3-7 in New York's Javits Center.

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group™, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is honored to announce that the company has donated thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to the DuPage County Toys for Tots program.

Innovations in Optics, Inc. introduces high power white LED light engines for OEM fiberoptic illumination. LumiBright™ Light Engines couple directly to liquid light guides and fiber bundles with no additional optics, delivering up to 4000 lumens into the light guide.

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