Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products' Deco '18 Wrap-Up
The Deco '18 conference kicked off on Saturday, April 7, with a Decorating Production and Processes session.
Deco ’18 returned to the Hilton Easton in Columbus, Ohio, site of the 2015 show, for another successful gathering. Columbus falls within the radius of driving distance for many members, and the Easton area is an excellent backdrop for a conference, providing numerous dining and entertainment options for attendees.
The conference kicked off on Saturday, April 7, with a Decorating Production and Processes session that featured five first-time speakers. A welcome reception sponsored by Reusche Inks & Coatings followed.
On Sunday, noted Proposition 65 attorney Carol Brophy addressed the group, explaining the new labeling regulations that will take effect in California in August. She answered members’ questions and provided a written synopsis of her comments for attendees. Walt Sanders, SGCDpro Washington liaison, followed with a recap of legislative and regulatory initiatives that are afoot in the nation’s capital. Sanders provided a summary of the society’s successful engagement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ward off onerous new rules associated with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Had the rules taken effect, the industry would be forced to conduct expensive, duplicative testing on all imported food service items.
Exhibits, Awards and Officers
This year’s trade show featured a record number of exhibitors, including six new companies and several overseas exhibitors. Strutz International once again sponsored the reception in the exhibit hall. Most exhibitors reserved space for next year, with only seven spaces remaining in the current floor plan.
Jan Weyrich of Global Products, Inc. and Mike Gervais of Geib Refining were presented with the society’s prestigious Frank S. Child Award during the annual meeting and awards breakfast. In addition, SGCDpro installed the following officers for 2018-2019:
- President: Jeff Morris, Ruco USA
- Vice President: Amit Chaubal, Quest
- Treasurer: Murray Bain, Stanpac
- Secretary: Todd Barson, Ferro Corp.
The meeting concluded on Monday with Marc Paulenich of Hart Associates delivering the keynote speech. He was followed by Justin Hemminger from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and Andrew Richmond of Ohio Art and Antiques. Paulenich discussed results from a recent consumer-focused glass packaging study, while Hemminger reviewed trends in craft beer packaging. Richmond is a noted antiques appraiser and an expert in the history of Ohio’s glass industry.
Deco ’19 will be held April 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.
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