Colorwheel Printing?Wheeling and Dealing in Indy
Strain, yes. Break, no. At least not at Colorwheel.
How does Colorwheel’s second generation avoid sibling rivalry? By analyzing problems rationally instead of emotionally, Paul Jr. answers. Keep your perspective, he advises, and you’ll never fail. Don’t confuse regular business with family business.
The siblings’ dedication and determination surpassed their father’s convictions. Assured that they could work well together, Paul Sr. allowed his progeny into the shop. But the brothers and sister didn’t get preferential treatment. They had to prove themselves just like other employees.
Paul Jr., Mike and Kelly remember the early days: working in the bindery, sweeping floors. They’ve moved up since then. Mike now earns his salary in the pressroom. Kelly balances the books in accounting. And Paul Jr. fills his father’s shoes.
Paul Jr. began his illustrious career at the family business when he was in grade school. As a youngster, he collated NCR paper by hand. He did odd jobs around the shop during high school. While studying for his degree in industrial management, he spent his summers running letterpresses. After graduating, he worked his way up to sales and management.
In a sense, Paul Jr. and the shop grew up together. As he matured, so did the company. The staff got larger, the equipment got better, and the sales kept climbing. In fact, Colorwheel recently hit the $2 million mark for the first time ever.
Why the sudden growth spurt? Paul Jr. credits a newly installed six-color, 40˝ Akiyama 640 with aqueous coater. He says the press’ versatility has drawn more business from the Indianapolis-area schools and businesses that Colorwheel serves. The company can now handle a variety of six-color runs with a 40˝ format.
“We basically received more work out of our customer base,” Paul Jr. explains.
This is Colorwheel’s second Akiyama installation. However, this one was planned well in advance. The first installation was a fluke.