BIC Group Board Of Directors Visits Minnesota Operations

Norwood & BIC Graphic North America (UPIC: BIC) recently hosted a BIC Group Board of Directors Meeting. The board meeting was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 23-25 and included in-depth tours of the Norwood & BIC Graphic facilities in nearby Red Wing and Sleepy Eye.

Kevin Brazle (right) demonstrates colorproofing process for Marie-Pauline Chandon-Moët (left) and Bruno Bich at Norwood & BIC Graphic’s Publishing operation in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

The board is led by Bruno Bich, chairman, and Mario Guevara, CEO, and includes several Bich family members as well as high-ranking executives of external companies. Traditionally, the BIC Group board of directors meets six times a year and from time to time includes a visit to a BIC operation.

On April 24, the board visited Norwood & BIC Graphic’s Publishing Operation in Sleepy Eye. The site manufactures both custom and imprinted calendars, notebooks and journals as well as the line of BIC® Sticky Notes. The following day, the board toured the Hard Goods operation in Red Wing, where products such as bags, drinkware and awards are imprinted using more than 20 different technologies, and where Norwood britePix™ is based.

Mario Guevara (center), Marie-Henriette Poinsot (second right) and Geoffroy Bich examine a screen-printed mug with Jeremy Miller (left) at Norwood & BIC Graphic's Hard Goods operation in Red Wing, Minnesota.

“We were very pleased to see the U.S. promotional products operations first-hand,” says Bich. “The complexity of the variety of technologies and products is truly impressive. The plants were well organized and the employees we met showed tremendous enthusiasm and pride.

“Our commitment to BIC APP and the industry remains strong. We know that there have been service issues due to the recent reorganization and ERP implementation, and we apologize for the inconvenience it created for our customers. However, I am confident we will prove ourselves again to be a top supplier with impeccable service.”

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