Sunday, March 29, 2015

Soest, Holland Our European film plant

Steve Gallo who was one of the key R&D member at our Clark film plant unearthed photos from Soest.         "Sorest" was Chemco's European plant till it ran into financial difficulty due to unsuccessful currency exchange hedge  and needed financial help from outside.        Soon after the asset transfer around 1996, their plate plant was closed and the production equipment was moved to our Sofia, Romania plant to strengthen our production within the old iron curtain region.     Film production was continued supplementing Clark production so that Polychrome became one of the very few companies offering both lithfilm and PS plate.      

Here is Steve's comment and photos from Soest.      Thank you Steve for the rare photos.

I have unearthed 2 pictures of the Soest, Holland Photo Plant from February 1996. These were taken in the library of the R&D section. You will remember Pat Friedman from the Clark, NJ  R & D staff and perhaps the tall fellow with the tie and sport jacket. He was the last R & D Director of the Soest Labs. One of the first, or the first R & D Director, of Soest was our old friend Dr. Max Van Dam (Yonkers and Clark labs) and in 1996 his 1958 photo was still hanging in the Soest offices.
Here is the first 2/1996  color photo of Soest/Chemco. This is the main entrance to the Marketing building. Jack Wiethoff (Yonkers) was based in this building in Holland.

Here is the second photo of Soest personnel from our Holland plant. This was a dinner in Soest in 2/1996. The top left was two Soest R & D Chemists, myself, and Dr. Henk Van Peski (Director of Environmental Affairs). The bottom was Soest Chemist Dr. Marja Kops Werkhoven and Pat Friedman Clark Chemist.

Here is the 3rd Soest, Holland photo from 2/1996. 
This was taken in the R & D Library and has left to right: Pat Friedman (Clark Chemist), Dr. Eric Rappel (newly appointed by Dr. Burt Waxman Director of R & D), Martha Krul (R & D Secretary), and Dr. Marja Kops Werkhoven (Soest Chemist).


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On the Upbeat October 1987

"Metal Specialists Attend Suste, Brimmer Seminar", " The customers always write", "Ink direct mail cambapaign","Regional standing"" 100% of the budget or over Brunches"," Vistar Plates on View in Chicago", "Record XLR month", etc. are the some of the titles of the reports contained in this issue.

Read all HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On the Upbeat September 1987

September was a good month for new hires;  Ross Larrea, John Sturgis, Tony Passante, John Harrison, John Zint, Joseph Russell, Hal Kohn, Susan Frary, Pat Haan and David Carey all joined in September and celebrated various anniversary from 10 to 19 years during this September.    Read the entire text HERE

Saturday, March 14, 2015

On the Upbeat July 1987

Gaby Pino, Polychrome's export service administrator received a surprise presentation by the dealers from 12 different Latin American and Caribbean countries for her outstanding working relationship with these dealers over the prior thirteen years.     And yes Herman Wolf was with the company for 30 years!.     Read all in this issue HERE.

Monday, March 9, 2015

On the Upbeat August 1987

See Chick Rosshrt, plate tech support manager, Atlanta; John Sturgis, manager and Ed Dcucherney, senior TSR, both Charlotte; and Al Wierling, Nashville manager at the District Craftman Conference.
Speakers Bureau lists, Ron Muzillo;Dot-for-dot reproducibility.. by V. Tkaczenko; Quality control Devices... byD. Reilly; Lasers in the Graphic Arts... W. Palafox; Printing with Electricity.. Wayne Gilmore.   Read full text HERE.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

On the Upbeat February 1987

John Sturgis was named 1986 Manager of the Year and Richard Young wins Salesperson of the Year Award.       Many celebrated service anniversary in February; Charles Kreiner 29 years, James Williams 27 years, Lawrence Golusinski 27 years, Gerry Polk 27 years, John Randolp 26 years, etc.  Al Wierling was honored for exceeding highest profit percentage over budget at Nashville branch.
Read more HERE                Again thank you Al Wieriling for contributing these documents.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tokyo mini reunion 2

Mr. Matsuura  organized another mini reunion in Tokyo this time with Dr. Oe, almost single handedly  built Gunma plant and moved on to become CEO of DIC, Mr. Suwa who served as the head of customer service for Polychrome Japan and Mr. Adachi one time plant manager of Gunma in addition to Mr. Hayakawa and Mr. Matsuura himself.       We had a good time reminiscing old Polychrome and those who were at Polychrome Yonkers, Clark and Osterode.     Mr. Matsuura is thinking of another mini reunion this fall.       Dr. Oe would like to visit Boston, NY and Washington DC sometime in future; a good opportunity for us to get together in New York.

from left, Mr. Adachi, me, Mr. Matsuura, Dr. Oe, Mr.Hayakawa and Mr. Suwa

Feb. 2015