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Meet the new nifty fifty

Jun 1, 2001 12:00 AM


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To what do you attribute your company's growth during the past three years?

This simple question yielded some diverse and humorous responses from this year's Top 50 Fastest Growing Printers. Copy Solutions (Brentwood, TN), for example, credits its growth to its competition “not upgrading equipment to meet customer demands.”

Vision Graphics (Loveland, CO) cites “sheer determination and strategic investments in new customers.”

Proving that great minds think alike, “hard work” is the secret behind the success of Triad USA Marketing Group Inc. (Houston) as well as Direct Impressions Inc. (Richmond, VA). Direct Impressions further credits “good employees and exceptional customers who have grown with us.”

Gulf Coast Printing Services Inc. (Fort Meyers, FL) attributes its success to “a lot of hard work, but a lot more prayer.” Similarly, Print-Tech (Madison, WI) acknowledges “the grace of God, customer service and committed employees.”

IT'S THE EQUIPMENT

Many of our Top 50 say new equipment has played a key role in company growth.

According to Precision Printing (Westerville, OH), “Our CreoScitex Brisque workflow and Iris digital proofing system have cut down on a lot of prepress problems, allowed us to turn 90 percent of our proofs the next day and built customers' confidence with accurate color matching.”

Digital and direct-imaging (DI) presses are helping One Source Digital Solutions (Phoenix), Mel Printing Inc. (Melvindale, MI) and GV Graphics Inc. (Minneapolis) grow. Says One Source: “Indigo technology lets us provide higher quality digital printing and be faster than our competition.”

And Mel Printing notes: “The Heidelberg Quickmaster DI brought us into an entirely new market.”

“The Quickmaster DI allows us to [broaden our relationship with] clients and has led us to offer print production management services, too,” echoes GV Graphics.

While prepress and press equipment received the most mentions, a few participants also cited postpress improvements. Signature Printing (Chantilly, VA) reports that its tabcutting and laminating equipment “speeds our production capabilities and greatly improves profit margins. It also gives us a new market.”

IT'S THE PEOPLE

The majority of our Top 50 attributed company growth — at least in part — to good employees. RPM Copies and Printing (Tampa, FL) specifically lists production director Bill Pawson, general manager Mike Shortt and operations manager Kevin Lutz.

“We have great employees,” declares Ginny's Printing & Copying (Austin, TX). “We have a terrific COO, Michael Martin.”

Asked about its best investment, Intaglio Corp. (Los Angeles) reports that “when the chips are down, our employees make it happen.”

Many others responded in a similar vein:

“Our best investment has been in our staff,” says Grand River Printing & Imaging (Southfield, MI). “We have been able to sustain our growth while simultaneously providing an exceptional work environment for our employees. We have been selected by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Michigan's top 10 workplaces.”

News Publishers' Press (Glendale, CA) is emphatic: “PEOPLE! Because they add more to our company than any piece of machinery or computer ever could.”

Congratulations!

Five-time winner

Consolidated Graphics, Inc.

Three-time winners

AJ Images, Inc.
Allied Printing Co., Inc.
Copy Solutions, Inc.
Discover Color Inc.
Documation LLC
IGI Earth Color
IntegraColor
Jaguar Advanced Graphics
Print-Tech, Inc.
Style Craft Printing
The Mallard Press, Inc.
Vision Graphics Inc.