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Tom Gillespie Cap America
Tom Gillespie (Image courtesy Cap America)

Cap America, a headwear manufacturer, promotes Tom Gillespie to senior vice president of production.

Gillespie has been with Cap America since 2006 when he was hired as director of production. He was promoted to VP of production in 2011. According to the company, under his leadership, Cap America’s production capabilities and efficiencies have seen significant progress. Gillespie was also an integral part of a recent wage increase for employees and the restructuring of Cap America’s USA-made knit department production to accommodate for recent growth.

As senior VP of production, Gillespie will be an essential part of the high-level decision-making process to execute strategic initiatives for the continued advancement of the company. He will report to CEO Mark Gammon who states, “We are proud to have built a leadership team that exemplifies Cap America’s high standards and are excited to advance Tom within that team. Tom’s dedication and commitment to Cap America are unparalleled and I look forward to working with him to propel Cap America into the future.”

Neil Williams
Neil Williams (Image courtesy Durst)

Durst, a digital printer manufacturer, appoints Neil Williams as U.K. and Ireland business development manager for the company’s northern region. He is replacing industry veteran Richard Bates, who retires at the end of the year after almost a decade with Durst and 46 years in the printing industry.

According to the company, Williams brings a wealth of experience from more than 30 years in the printing and packaging industries, working for companies such as Sericol, Fujifilm, Inca, and more recently EFI. He will be working closely with local sales, service, supply, and logistics teams as well as Durst Group headquarters staff at Brixen, Italy, and at its other major manufacturing location in Lienz, Austria.

Peter Bray, managing director of Durst U.K. and Ireland, remarks: “Neil will be an integral part of our team that provides customers everything they need — from pixel to output — to be successful in the printing and packaging industry. With a wealth of experience in the packaging and print sectors, we are delighted to welcome him to the Durst family. At the same time, I want to put on record our sincere thanks for Richard’s significant contribution to the U.K. and Ireland business for almost a decade. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

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Marie Fennema is the managing editor of GRAPHICS PRO, including GRAPHICS PRO Today, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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