May 14, 2018
Lon Robinson Inducted into the Flexographic Technical Association’s Hall of Fame
Kansas City, Mo. – The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) named Tension Corporation’s Lon Robinson as their 2018 FTA Hall of Fame inductee.
FTA established the Hall of Fame in 1962 as a way to annually recognize an outstanding individual who contributes both to the FTA and the flexographic print industry. Lon is the 56th member to be inducted.
Robinson has been extensively involved with the FTA serving on the FTA Board of Directors and Foundation of FTA (FFTA) Board of Trustees. He has served as FFTA Vice chair and FTA Board chair, judged entries in the FTA Technical Innovation Awards and the Excellence in Flexography Awards, and served on the FTA Awards Committee.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to be inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame. The current members are a group of people that I have looked up to for years. They are my “’go-to’ people” when I have questions on printing issues,” said Robinson.
A life-long dedication to learning has helped Robinson advance in both his career and industry involvements. Since joining Tension Corporation in 1979 as an entry-level pressman, he’s grown through five promotions to his current position as Director of Research and Development. Industry-wise, he received the FTA President’s Award in 2012 and the FTA Distinguished Service Award in 2015. He’s also an active leader with the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), as chairman of the EMA Postal Affairs Committee and one of the EMA representatives to the USPS Postmaster General’s Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). In 2012, Robinson received the EMA’s Daniel H. Lipman Member-of-the-Year Award.
“There is no other Lon Robinson in this industry,” said Tension Corporation General Manager Jim Brown. “His level of knowledge for anything print, customer inserting equipment, engineering or envelope machines is simply phenomenal, and it’s something he so willingly shares among colleagues in our industry, company and customers. He is truly something special.”
Tension Corporation, a privately owned and operated company based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a global leader in envelope products and packaging & automation solutions. The envelope division serves a wide variety of industries including financial, insurance and direct marketing, and works with third-party providers directly. Founded in 1886, Tension produces billions of envelopes annually and has regional plants and offices throughout the country and the world. Visit www.tensionenvelope.com for more information.
Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others—together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry. For more information visit www.flexography.org.