Frank Motter Dies at 77

By: E&P Staff

Frank Motter, co-founder of the Motter Printing Press Co., died last Friday at home, according to a notice in the York (Pa.) Sunday News. He was 77.

Motter worked as a mechanical draftsman for George F. Motter’s Sons. He received his B.S. in Printing Management from Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1953, the U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War joined his father, John, and brother, John, Jr., in establishing the press manufacturer, from which he retired in 1990 as chairman and president.

Among other products, the Motters’ company made some of the first flexographic presses used by U.S. newspapers. Through acquisition, much of the Motter enterprise became the basis for the newspaper press business of KBA North America Inc., a subsidiary of German printing equipment manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG.

A past president of the Research and Engineering Council of the Graphic Arts Industry, Motter received the John L. Kronenberg Industry Leadership Award in 1992. He also was a directors of the Gravure Research Institute and Gravure Association of America.

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