The Buffalo branch relocated to a new 8,000 sq. ft. facility in Cheektowaga, New York. Production in the Hamden facility reached a level requiring the use of an outside warehouse facility to handle the volume. Designated the Warehouse and Distribution Center (WDC), it stores and distributes finished goods made in Hamden to the other branches. The bulk manufacturing portion of Hamden was designated the Central Manufacturing Facility (CMF). It incorporates several unique features; including an automated can filling line combining a Schwerdtel can filling machine connected by conveyor to a computer controlled labeling machine and an automated case-packing machine. The Canning/Labeling/Packaging (CLP) is the only one of its kind in the industry. Equally unique is the pigment delivery system for fluffy black pigment, using Super Sacks®
Superior mourned the passing of Joseph M. Simons. Superior purchased Americolor and its’ building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and established it as a new branch office. Additionally, Superior acquired Midwest Printing Ink, which became the Kalamazoo branch. Michael R. Brice was promoted to Corporate Vice President. Superior established a Department of Reengineering under the leadership of Sal Moscuzza. This department led the effort to design and implement changes in Central Manufacturing, Packaging, Warehousing and Distribution, Specials Manufacturing, and Color Matching Methods. Jim LaRocca and Fred Schneider were promoted to Senior Vice Presidents and their responsibilities were expanded to include the areas of Research and Development and Manufacturing.
Superior relocated the Chicago branch to a 28,300 sq. ft. facility in Addison, Illinois. The new facility supports growth opportunities for both the Superior and Spinks offices, which share the facility.
Joseph M. Simons received the NAPIM Printing Ink Pioneer Award. Continuing the service station concept, the Greensboro, North Carolina, location opened as a satellite of the Charlotte branch. Superior purchased R.W. Rexford of Philadelphia, PA. The Rexford operation was merged with Superior’s Maple Shade branch.
Superior mourned the passing of Meyer Mandel. Gotham Ink and Color Company of New York relocated to a 25,000 sq. ft. building in Stony Point, New York, that was used by the previous owner to manufacture paint. The building was fully equipped with the latest safety and environmental requirements. Superior purchased the sales and inventory of Rexart Chemical Corporation of Jersey City, New Jersey.Using a new expansion philosophy to penetrate new markets with minimum expense, Superior opened its first service station in Brentwood, New York, as a satellite of the New York branch.
Harvey R. Brice was elected President of NAPIM.
Superior Printing Ink Company, Inc. reorganized. Nathan Rosen, Joseph Simons, and Meyer Mandel relinquished their titles of President, Executive Vice President and Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer, respectively, and became Managing Directors. New Officers Jeffrey I. Simons – Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer Harvey R. Brice – President, Chief Operating Officer Stanley R. Hittman – Executive Vice President Harold Rubin – Corporate Vice President of Finance & Administration Ronald Saltzman – Corporate Vice President of Technology Sal Moscuzza – Senior Vice President/Technical Director Fred Schneider – Vice President, Northern Region Jim LaRocca – Vice President, Southern Region After 50 years of service, Herb Scheichet retired. Superior established a branch to service the Los Angeles area in a 6,000 sq. ft. building located in Gardena,
Superior purchased the assets of American Offset Printing Ink of Jacksonville. This became the Jacksonville branch, located in a 5,000 sq. ft. building. Superior opened the Cleveland branch in a 4,000 sq. ft. building in Valley View, Ohio.