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Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM
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.
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.
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|
|Rank||Location||Key Market Niches||Growth||1999||2001||2001||Founded|
|1||Carolina Web, LLC
|agencies, corporate, financial, retail, travel, tourism||442||187||1,014||8||1998|
|agencies, catalog, corporate, retail, entertainment||400||800||4,000||31||1993|
|agencies, catalog, corporate, financial, insurance, legal, manufacturing||322||1,008||4,258||45||1996|
|4||New London Press, Inc.
|agencies, corporate, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical||260||1,100||3,960||24||1987|
|5||Full Court Press
|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
|8||Odyssey Digital Printing
|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.
|corporate, health care, manufacturing, retail, telecom, education||110||6,581||13,803||96||1962|
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, retail||105||1,950||4,000||36||1994|
|13||Creative Printing Services
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing||104||745||1,521||15||1996|
|14||St. Ives, U.S. Division
|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
|corporate, manufacturing, education, financial||87||920||1,724||17||1995|
|17||H&W Printing, Inc.
|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
|agencies, corporate, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, software||77||2,200||3,900||15||1981|
|20||Direct Impressions, Inc.
|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|
|agencies, catalog, manufacturing, corporate, telecom, insurance||58||10,685||16,923||160||1908|
|24||Allegra Print & Imaging — Indianapolis
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, motorsports||57||1,185||1,866||13||1986|
|25||Vox Printing, Inc.
|26||Pinpoint Color LLC
|agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, manufacturing||52.6||1,900||2,900||25||1997|
|27||Reflections Printing, Inc.
|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.
|agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, insurance, manufacturing||45||2,224||3,220||30||1961|
|agencies, catalog, corporate, retail||44.6||1,213||1,754||14||1948|
|31||Copy Solutions, Inc.
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, retail, education||44||1,391||2,003||12||1992|
|32||ASAP Printing, Inc.
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, retail, telecom||41.2||1,321||1,866||21||1994|
|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.
|37||Color Printing Specialists, Inc.
|agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing,retail, nonprofit||37||799||1,090||11||1979|
|38||Grand River Printing & Imaging
|agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing, retail, telecom, education||33||13,500||18,000||90||1978|
West Columbia, SC
|agencies, catalog, corporate, manufacturing,||32||4,100||5,400||53||1993|
|40||Salem Printing Co.
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, manufacturing||30||3,664||4,772||40||1987|
North Chelmsford, MA
|42||Rocky Mountain Printing
|catalog, corporate, retail||26||5,016||6,330||45||1995|
|43||Winston Printing Co.
|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.
|agencies, catalog, education, financial, health care, insurance, legal, telecom, retail, pharmaceutical||24||8,444||10,467||93||1970|
|46||Bramkamp Printing Co., Inc.
|agencies, corporate, financial, health care, legal, manufacturing, retail, packaging||23.8||3,099||3,836||25||1921|
|47||The P.A. Hutchison Co.
|corporate, financial, health care, legal, manufacturing, nonprofit||23.7||10,312||12,754||105||1922|
Eau Claire, WI
|corporate, health care, legal, manufacturing, associations||23||6,348||7,835||65||1994|
|agencies, corporate, financial, manufacturing, retail, telecom||22||19,524||23,863||124||1969|
|50||Mercury Printers, Inc.
|agencies, catalog, corporate, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing||18||4,200||4,950||35||1969|
|* net sales|