FSEA to Honor, Remember Bobby Waitts


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At the FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Banquet on April 29 in Milwaukee, WI, Robert R. (Bobby) Waitts will be honored in memoriam with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be given in conjunction with the FSEA•IADD Joint Conference, April 27-29.

In 1971, Waitts founded Crown Roll Leaf, Inc. with four employees and grew the company to a $68 million dollar global manufacturing enterprise over nearly three decades of leadership. Key to the growth of Crown Roll Leaf was Waitts’ commitment to expanding its product offering beyond the standard foil colors of gold and silver metallic into a variety of colors, glosses and mattes, tints, pearls and special effects. Because of his dedication to research and development, holographic diffraction grating and hologram products exploded into the market and now are used in a variety of consumer products and security applications.

Waitts was responsible for the manufacturing of the industry’s first 50-inch embosser, increasing production efficiency and reducing costs associated with the use of foil. He had a drive to expand his foil-stamped products into international markets and today, Crown Roll Leaf offers more than 2,000 products to customers in 60 countries. Robert R. Waitts passed away in 1998.

For more information, including conference registration details, visit www.fsea.com.