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American Printer's top 50: applauding 1995's outstanding print sales performers

Aug 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Roth, Jill

During 1994, American Printer began its annual Top 50 Fastest Growing Printers Awards. This listing seeks to recognize those graphic arts firms whose imagination, innovative management practices, perseverance and hard work have paid off with substantially better-than-average growth.This month, we are pleased to present the 1995 Top 50, which is co-sponsored by A.B. Dick Co. These outstanding companies

Presenting the top 100 plus

Jul 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

Welcome to AMERICAN PRINTER'S 1995 listing of the Top 100+ printing companies in North America. In addition to the main ranking by sales volume, added features include breakouts of the Top 25 leaders by percentage increase in sales and sales per employee, as well as an alphabetical listing for easy reference and breakdowns of significant ownership changes and plant openings/closings.Because we continually

What is the best way to run this job?

Jul 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

The greatest challenge, and the most fun for estimators, is determining the best way to produce a job. Many computer-assisted estimating programs can arrive at the best plan by trial and error, but estimators can override the computer. The following procedure is used by estimators or computers to arrive at the best conclusion, which is the same as saying "the least expensive way."Consider a printing

Tackling family member compensation.

May 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Shelly, Donald F., Jr.

Most businesses in the printing industry are owned by one individual or family. Since stockholders also are managers, decisions about management compensation are made without regard to the effect on stockholders' value.If employees become shareholders in the business, the scenario changes. Majority owner-family members should be aware of how their compensation impacts stock value, and develop a formalized

Good as gold

May 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Greig, Rod

Thomas Edison once said, "Results! Why, man, I've gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."Managers from the 34 organizations winning 1994-95 Management Plus Program awards undoubtedly have experienced some of the same frustrations as the inventor, but they also have achieved an exceptional number of positive results, as did Edison.The program, co-sponsored by the National

Managing for excellence

May 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Greig, Rod

In charting a winning course through the extraordinary changes impacting the graphic arts industry in recent decades, few in-plant operations match the accomplishments of Du Pont Printing & Publishing Operations, the 1994-95 Management Plus Hall of Fame winner. For six consecutive years, this organization has garnered awards in the competition, co-sponsored by the National Assn. Printers and Lithographers

Creating a successful board.

Apr 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Shelly, Donald F., Jr.

In many closely held printing companies, the board of directors includes family members, advisors such as CPAs or attorneys, key employees or any combination of these individuals. Some board members simply may fill slots on a piece of paper, but others actually may participate in meetings.For many firms, boards provide little guidance, advice, insight or candor. Why don't most traditional boards offer

What really motivates you?

Jan 1, 1995 12:00 AM, Merit, Don

When I lead a print production seminar for managers or first-line supervisors, I ask attendees: "List two reasons why you haven't quit your job yet." Inevitably, the answers show why some people strive to do their jobs as well as they can and others do only enough to get by.The following answers came from most managers and supervisors:"I enjoy the work.""I like to be challenged and then rise to the

Sheet-fed tip-sheet

Jan 1, 1995 12:00 AM,

An equipment roundup of the latest innovations in the mid-sized sheet-fed press arenaThe mid-sized sheet-fed press of 1995 is a distinctly different animal from its counterpart of the last decade. While the rapid-fire developments in the electronic prepress arena have been well-documented, the good old 40- to 53-inch sheet-fed press hasn't been lagging behind in technical progression.To say the least,