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Curie to head up Dixon Ticonderoga in 2008

BY Adam Kraemer

HEATHROW, Fla. Dixon Ticonderoga Co. Tuesday announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2008, Donald Curie will succeed Richard Asta as chief executive officer. Asta will remain with the company in an advisory capacity.

Currie is currently executive vice president of marketing and sales, and serves on the global marketing committee of FILA, Dixon’s parent company. “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Don Currie’s caliber within Dixon to assume this important leadership role,” said Massimo Candela, FILA chief executive officer. “He is the ideal candidate to succeed Rick Asta and lead Dixon at this point in the company’s history.

Currie, 46, joined Dixon Ticonderoga in 2004 as senior vice president, sales and marketing and was promoted to executive vice president in the same capacity in 2005 after the company’s acquisition by FILA.

Rick Asta began his career with Dixon in 1990 as senior vice president of finance and served as executive vice president and chief financial officer before being named chief executive officer in 2005, after the company’s acquisition by FILA.

“We greatly appreciate Rick’s efforts as the driving force at Dixon behind the merger of our two companies and his excellent results and achievements during his tenure as chief executive officer,” said Candela. “We thank him for his efforts and wish him well in his future career endeavors.”

“My time at Dixon has been the most rewarding of my career,” Asta said. “I am pleased to know that I leave the company well-positioned for its future growth and continued success.”

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GNP teams up with Diversified Racing Solutions for 2008 NASCAR series

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. America’s hometown pharmacy is making a play for fans of America’s most popular family sport, AmerisourceBergen announced Monday.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy has joined with Diversified Racing Solutions to enter the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008 with the goal of competing in the newly renamed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010. In the five-year agreement, GNP will lend its community pharmacy brand as the flagship sponsor; the venture will be primarily funded by associate sponsor relationships; and DRS will be responsible for the racing team.

In addition, GNP will fund country-wide community outreach activities that compliment the racing schedule.

“The branding of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy car demonstrates AmerisourceBergen’s commitment to independent pharmacy and NASCAR,” stated Dave Neu, senior vice president of retail sales and marketing for AmerisourceBergen, GNP’s parent company. “We are excited about the potential visibility that NASCAR will bring to the over 2,700 Good Neighbor Pharmacies across the country.”

Randy Fenley, president and owner of DRS, said, “The team at Diversified Racing Solutions is confident that our flagship sponsor, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, shares our commitment and passion for the NASCAR competition. We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a highly regarded brand and to share Chris Bristol driving for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Chevrolet for many seasons to come.”

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Pentel launches Recycology

BY Doug Desjardins

TORRANCE, Calif. Pentel of America has upped its commitment to eco-friendly products with the launch of its Recycology Program. Products under the new banner are made from material with at least 50% recycled content and will include pens, markers, pencils and tape.

“Pentel is committed to creating a healthier environment for future generations while creating products of superior design and quality,” said Peter Katz, director of marketing for Pentel. “In addition to using recycled materials, many of the products in the Recycology line are refillable to further lessen environmental waste.”

New products in the line include refillable EnerGel Deluxe Liquid Gel Pens, Tape ‘N Glue Double-Sided Tape and retractable and refillable Handy-Line S markers.

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