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Harabin Hired to Head Tks in America

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Harabin Hired to Head Tks in America

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Tokyo-based press maker taps German competitor's web press engineering and sales veteran for top post at its U.S. unit

After twice appointing production chiefs from newspaper customer sites to run its U.S. subsidiary, Japanese press maker Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd. has put a manufacturing executive in charge of TKS (U.S.A.) Inc.

Last month, Gregory K. Harabin was named president of the company based in Richardson, Texas, where he took over from Frank Tyler. The former operations vice president at The Dallas Morning News, Tyler retired at the end of April after leading the suburban-Dallas firm for three years. In 1995, James Norris returned to Newsday, Melville, N.Y., as senior vice president and operations director, also after three years as TKS (U.S.A.) president.

Harabin, 49, moved to TKS from MAN Roland Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the printing equipment maker within Germany's MAN AG. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Harabin rejoined MAN in January 1998 as its Newspaper Group's sales manager for the southern region stretching from Oklahoma to his home state.

Harabin has no prior relationship with TKS. He first joined MAN in 1981 as a design engineer and rose through the ranks, becoming a manager overseeing flexo and offset projects and newspaper applications chief engineer. In mid-1995 Harabin left MAN to direct engineering and customer service for the Charlotte-based commercial photopolymer equipment division of Nippon Paint Ltd. That division was sold to NAPP -- known to newspapers for its letterpress and flexo plate business once co-owned by Lee Enterprises and now a part of MacDermid Inc.'s Printing Solutions unit. Since returning to MAN, his biggest recent project has been the sale and installation of 4-by-1, Regioman presses that went into production early this year at The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel.

Harabin said he takes over at TKS with the objectives of enhancing technical support services, as well as continuing to sell both new presses and additions. The former, including training and installation management, are now under the direction of another recent hire, John R. Steker. With Bob Ray & Associates for 13 years, Steker served in sales, account management, installation estimation and planning, and project management and scheduling. …

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