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*Meet the Fastest Growing

Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM


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This is our ninth annual Top 50 Fastest Growing Printers competition. Participants entered either using the Top 50 form that was bound into our March 2002 issue or by downloading the form from www.americanprinter.com.

To be eligible, graphic-arts firms had to be in business for at least three years and have sales of more than $1 million during 2001. Winners were selected based on percent of sales growth from 1999 to 2001.

Fast growth isn't always a reliable indicator of profitability. But, while making comparisons solely based on percentage of revenue growth does have some potential drawbacks, the advantages to this are simplicity and objectivity. You'll find a closer look at a few Top 50 winners on the following pages and the complete list of winners on p. 34.

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE

How are printers coping with a difficult economy? “We refuse to participate in recessions,” declared one Top 50 executive. He added that while positive thinking by itself won't guarantee success, profitable printers know that management's attitude ultimately determines employees' expectations.

As in previous years, Top 50 winners were quick to acknowledge employees as essential ingredients to their success. According to Carolina Web: “Technology is great, but people are still key.”

Copy Solutions (Brentwood, TN) was even more emphatic: “Our employees do a hell of a job.”

Several cited CTP as their best equipment investment. GTC Media (Miami) said its Creo system “sped up workflow and improved quality significantly.”

In addition to CTP, Dave the Printer (Dallas) mentioned prepress upgrades, including two new G4s and new RIP software.

Likewise, Rocky Mountain Printing (Orem, UT) indicated that “accuracy in prepress makes the pressroom and bindery more efficient.”

Almost a dozen of the Top 50 said new presses have helped them grow. Color Printing Specialists (Minneapolis) reported that its 19 × 25-inch Shinohara coupled with a Baum folder have enabled it to expand its book work as well as produce two- and four-color jobs more efficiently.

Pinpoint Color (Jonesboro, AR) credited the fast makeready and running speed of a new six-color MAN Roland sheetfed press with minimizing downtime.

Grand River Printing & Imaging (Southfield, MI) and Dome Printing (Sacramento, CA) indicated that their heatset web presses have provided a competitive advantage.

In addition to four new presses — including two six-color, 40-inch presses — over the past 20 months, Bruce Printing (Minneapolis) has added CTP capabilities and two new MBO dual-feed folders. Not surprisingly, the printer had to expand its facilities.

WHAT'S ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST?

Six of our Top 50 winners said fulfillment was the next service they would like to add; CTP was cited by five.

The Imaging Bureau Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) has a 10-color, 40-inch perfecting press on its wish list. The company attributes its success to its family-oriented staff, diverse services and willingness to take chances. It offers heatset web and sheetfed printing, foil stamping, diecutting and offline UV.

Some printers are happy with the status quo: “We pretty much have it all,” reported Suttle-Straus (Waunakee, WI).

Similarly, according to H+W Printing (Marietta, GA): “We are very happy staying in our halfsize niche.”

Odyssey Digital Printing (Tulsa, OK) gave its vote to “the next innovation in color digital printing, whatever it is.”

Others, such as Indexx Inc. (Greenville, SC), took a more pragmatic stance: “At this point, we would like to get a better handle on all of the services we currently offer.”

We'd like to do something special to celebrate the 10th year of the Top 50 competition. Got suggestions? E-mail us at APeditor@primediabusiness.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sales (000) No. of
Company % Sales Growth Employees Year
Rank Location Key Market Niches Growth 1999 2001 2001 Founded
1 Carolina Web, LLC
Conover, NC
agencies, corporate, financial, retail, travel, tourism 442 187 1,014 8 1998
2 GTC Media
Miami
agencies, catalog, corporate, retail, entertainment 400 800 4,000 31 1993
3 PrintingForLess.com
Livingston, MT
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, insurance, legal, manufacturing 322 1,008 4,258 45 1996
4 New London Press, Inc.
Alpharetta, GA
agencies, corporate, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical 260 1,100 3,960 24 1987
5 Full Court Press
Westbrook, ME
corporate, financial, health care, retail 253 357 1,260 10 1998
6 RPM Copies and Printing The Mirodon Group, Inc., Tampa, FL agencies, corporate, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, retail 217 394 1,250 13 1989
7 News Publishers' Press
Glendale, CA
newspapers 147 1,334 3,296 25 1978
8 Odyssey Digital Printing
Tulsa, OK
agencies, corporate, manufacturing, retail, telecom, restaurant/food service 129 2,425 5,550 55 1996
9 Page One Printing
McKees Rocks, PA
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing 127 789 1,789 15 1986
10 Bruce Printing, Inc.
Minneapolis
corporate, health care, manufacturing, retail, telecom, education 110 6,581 13,803 96 1962
11 Print-Tech, Inc.
Madison, WI
agencies, corporate 107 2,292 4,738 50 1990
12 UpFront Productions
Minneapolis
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, retail 105 1,950 4,000 36 1994
13 Creative Printing Services
Wilkes-Barre, PA
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing 104 745 1,521 15 1996
14 St. Ives, U.S. Division
Miami
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, retail, health care, publications, insurance, telecom 100 112,000 224,000 1,200 1964
15 Flottman Co., Inc.
Crestview Hills, KY
agencies, corporate, health care, pharmaceutical 91 1,730 3,297 35 1921
16 Multi Media Services
Corning, NY
corporate, manufacturing, education, financial 87 920 1,724 17 1995
17 H&W Printing, Inc.
Marietta, GA
agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, insurance, retail, telecom 86 2,200 4,100 42 1996
18 The Imaging Bureau, Inc.
Ft. Worth, TX
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, health care, travel, insurance, legal, manufacturing 81 3,100 5,600 47 1992
19 The Graphic Center of New Jersey
Dover, NJ
agencies, corporate, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, software 77 2,200 3,900 15 1981
20 Direct Impressions, Inc.
Richmond, VA
agencies, financial, insurance, telecom, direct mail 74 6,059 10,541 65 1996
21 Westbridge Printing Services, Inc.
Ft. Worth, TX
agencies, manufacturing, corporate, insurance 68 2,390 4,017 30 1986
22 Gulf Coast Printing Services, Inc.
Ft. Myers, FL
agencies, catalog, corporate 64 1,853 3,036 32 1995
23 Suttle-Straus, Inc.
Waunakee, WI
agencies, catalog, manufacturing, corporate, telecom, insurance 58 10,685 16,923 160 1908
24 Allegra Print & Imaging — Indianapolis
Indianapolis
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, motorsports 57 1,185 1,866 13 1986
25 Vox Printing, Inc.
Oklahoma City
restaurant 53 3,862 5,907 30 1971
26 Pinpoint Color LLC
Jonesboro, AR
agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, manufacturing 52.6 1,900 2,900 25 1997
27 Reflections Printing, Inc.
Minneapolis
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing 51 3,944 5,942 38 1996
28 Color Graphic Systems, Inc.
New Berlin, WI
agencies, corporate, financial, retail 47 1,900 2,800 15 1996
29 Mel Printing Co., Inc.
Melvindale, MI
agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, insurance, manufacturing 45 2,224 3,220 30 1961
30 Kaufman Printing
Lakewood, CO
agencies, catalog, corporate, retail 44.6 1,213 1,754 14 1948
31 Copy Solutions, Inc.
Brentwood, TN
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, retail, education 44 1,391 2,003 12 1992
32 ASAP Printing, Inc.
Okemos, MI
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, retail, telecom 41.2 1,321 1,866 21 1994
33 Indexx, Inc.
Greenville, SC
agencies, corporate, legal, manufacturing, retail, trade 41.1 3,348 4,724 54 1994
34 Stylecraft Graphic Communications
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, health care, nonprofit 40.5 3,190 4,482 36 1983
35 Colorado Printing Co.
Grand Junction, CO
agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, health care, manufacturing, retail, telecom 39 4,616 6,436 47 1947
36 Dave the Printer, Inc.
Dallas
manufacturing, corporate 38.7 906 1,256 10 1974
37 Color Printing Specialists, Inc.
Minneapolis
agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing,retail, nonprofit 37 799 1,090 11 1979
38 Grand River Printing & Imaging
Southfield, MI
agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing, retail, telecom, education 33 13,500 18,000 90 1978
39 Professional Printers
West Columbia, SC
agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing, 32 4,100 5,400 53 1993
40 Salem Printing Co.
Winston-Salem, NC
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, manufacturing 30 3,664 4,772 40 1987
41 Courier Corp.
North Chelmsford, MA
book publishing 27 167,000* 212,000* 1,500 1824
42 Rocky Mountain Printing
Orem, UT
catalog, corporate, retail 26 5,016 6,330 45 1995
43 Winston Printing Co.
Winston-Salem, NC
agencies, manufacturing, packaging 25.8 12,000 15,100 101 1911
44 Norwich Printing Co., Inc. d/b/a Minuteman Press, Norwich, CT catalog, agencies, corporate, health care, financial, insurance, legal, manufacturing, retail 24.2 856 1,063 8 1992
45 Worth Higgins & Associates, Inc.
Richmond, VA
agencies, catalog, education, financial, health care, insurance, legal, telecom, retail, pharmaceutical 24 8,444 10,467 93 1970
46 Bramkamp Printing Co., Inc.
Cincinnati
agencies, corporate, financial, health care, legal, manufacturing, retail, packaging 23.8 3,099 3,836 25 1921
47 The P.A. Hutchison Co.
Mayfield, PA
corporate, financial, health care, legal, manufacturing, nonprofit 23.7 10,312 12,754 105 1922
48 Documation LLC
Eau Claire, WI
corporate, health care, legal, manufacturing, associations 23 6,348 7,835 65 1994
49 Dome Printing
Sacramento, CA
agencies, corporate, financial, manufacturing, retail, telecom 22 19,524 23,863 124 1969
50 Mercury Printers, Inc.
Orlando, FL
agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing 18 4,200 4,950 35 1969
* net sales