Familiar Names, a New location and a New Attitude

April 19-20, 2017 (right before PaperCon2017) Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI’s Converting Division Manager, and I had the privilege to revisit a company that I had the pleasure of writing about several years ago.

Do these names ring a bell? Ron Diedeman, Chris Kyger, Paul Aliprando and Greg Jones. How about SUN Automation Group?

Kristi and I spoke to owners every time we turned a corner. Every employee is an owner. Those same owners decided to make an even larger investment in their customers.
By the way, Ron Diedeman came out of retirement two years ago to rejoin SUN as their new President. Plans were made with everyone singing out of the same hymnal and, as they say, the rest is history. And, in this case, the future.

Their 183,000 square foot facility is designed to give their customers what they need, when they need it.
The new facilities allow for more growth and innovation for their owners and customers.

Speaking of innovation, while we were there a camera crew was filming a spot on Innovation, Renewability and Sustainability in the packaging industry. If all goes well this segment should run on The Discovery Channel later this year.

In the words of Chris Kyger, current Vice President “The future of Sun Automation is bright.” Chris is heir apparent to the position of President in 2018 upon Ron Diedeman’s second retirement.

In addition to Ron and Chris, our thanks go out to Paul Aliprando - Vice President of Digital Technologies, Greg Jones - Director of Sales and Marketing, and Simona Georgescu of Adduco Communications.

Ron Diedeman busy as ever and still with a smile on his face.


Take a look at this place! Space galore and the shiniest floors on the planet due to, what Ron refers to, as SUN’s answer to the Zamboni.

SUN setting expectations to meet
customer demands
State-of-the-art finishing spray booths
and drying rooms
Manufacturing: from lead edge feeders to
new rotary die cutters


CorrStream digital print station ready
testing the latest print solution
New SUN 625 Rotary Die Cutter soon to be
delivered to the next lucky customer
Asahi platen die cutter was in full display and
running board


For more information on SUN Automation please go to www.sunautomation.com

For more information on TAPPI please go to www.tappi.org

Remember, there are two types of people in this industry, TAPPI members and those who should be.

Until next time…………………………… Larry