Corporate Press — Vested in Added Value

CDX also provides digital color copies, posters, indoor and outdoor banners, displays, high-quality photo output for digital photography and custom CD production.

** Corporate Direct is a digital printing and direct marketing company located in Fairfax, VA. It provides on-demand printing, mailing, database management and distribution services to publishers and direct mail advertisers. The division was spun out in 1988.

** Creative Media Group, a communications company in Landover, MD, specializes in the design, development and execution of multi-media presentations and Websites. The division opened in 1999.

** Softrac America, the newest member of the Corporate Press family, was acquired in late 2000. It provides comprehensive fulfillment solutions, including storage, e-commerce, call centers, custom delivery systems, secure donations processing and membership programs.

Corporate Press’ life began as a basic commercial printer, churning out one- and two-color sheetfed offset printing and photo composition under the guidance of owner Ben French. The company bounced around to different facilities in the DC area until undergoing a major facelift that culminated with it becoming a wholly owned Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company in 1981.

Michael Marcian Sr. (right), Corporate Press president and current PIA chairman, counts on Chuck Cook, vice president and treasurer, to help lead the company.

It was around that time that a Corporate Press salesman named Michael Marcian reached a turning point in his career. The company hired a consultant who told Marcian that the best way to make a name for himself in the industry was to set personal goals. Along the way, Marcian catapulted from salesman to president of Corporate Press. He also became PIA chairman this year.

“We have always been a staunch supporter of the Printing & Graphic Communications Association (PGCA), our local PIA affiliate,” notes Marcian, who was PGCA president in 1996 and 1997.

Corporate Press has also been a staunch supporter of investing in new and enhanced technologies. In the past 18 months, the company has spent $1.7 million on new equipment, a majority of which has been dedicated toward its digital efforts. Augmenting prepress investments are a Heidelberg NexPress 2100 for variable data, digital color printing and four Heidelberg Digimasters for black-and-white work, according to Chuck Cook, vice president and treasurer.

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