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September 22, 2015

Lonnie Robinson Receives Flexographic Technical Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Kansas City, Mo. – The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) awarded Lonnie Robinson, Director of Research and Development for Tension Corporation, with its 2015 Distinguished Service accolade upon completion of his two-year term as the FTA’s board of directors chairman.

“Lonnie’s loyalty and impact on the Association demonstrates his caliber and worthiness of the Distinguished Service Award,” said FTA President Mark Cisternino. “His involvement directly contributes to the FTA’s programs and strategy, and the overall flexographic printing industry. Lonnie strongly supports and embodies the core values of the FTA.”

The FTA annually recognizes board members who exemplify and contribute to the organization’s vision. Joining the FTA board of directors and the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) board of trustees in 2010, Robinson helps plan the organizations’ long-term, strategic paths. Robinson’s role includes supporting Cisternino’s decision-making processes and submitting approval on budgets, major expenditures and FTA print projects.

“Lonnie is a major advocate of the flexographic printing community and the services the FTA provides,” said Tension Corporation President and CEO Bill Berkley. “Lonnie’s Distinguished Service Award demonstrates the value he brings to both the Association and the industry.”

Tension’s involvement with the Flexographic Technical Association has flourished over three decades. Bert Berkley, Tension Chairman of the Board, also served as an FTA board member from 1995-1997. Having received the FTA President’s Award in 2012, Robinson most recently served on the committee of judges for the FTA Flexo Awards and currently chairs the FTA’s 2015 Fall Conference.

Since joining Tension Corporation in 1979, Robinson has grown with the company through five promotions, from an entry-level pressman to his current role as director of research and development. His active industry involvement extends to the Envelope Manufacturers Association, from whom he received the 2012 Daniel H. Lipman Member-of-the-Year Award.

About Tension

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.

About FTA

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.