FAST TRACK FIRMS -- Sailing Against the Wind
EU Services was also busy in equipment acquisitions during 2003, adding a six-color Heidelberg CD press with aqueous coater to replace older two- and five-color machines. Three inserters and a Nipson 7000 printer rounded out the major purchases.
For 2004, Simpson sees EU adding more sales reps, as well as expanding into two or three targeted, vertical market segments. An internal brand awareness and corporate culture campaign kicked off this past October to mark the company's 35th anniversary.
Quantum Color Graphics
Morton Grove, IL
2003 Ranking: 193
Most Recent Fiscal Year Sales: $28.5M
Previous Fiscal Year Sales: $24.6M
Founded in 1992, Quantum Color Graphics has carved a niche for itself by printing on difficult substrates such as plastics, vinyls and foils for ad agencies and graphic design firms, among others. Quantum also boasts a full-service bindery and finishing department, along with warehousing and fulfillment capabilities.
In offering the ability to print on such diverse substrates, Quantum was able to justify doubling the size of its sales staff and increase its customer base by 50 percent.
The first quarter of 2004 will be a busy one on the equipment side for the printer. An eight-color press with UV capability is slated to be installed, along with a digital press. The company will benefit from a 25,000-square-foot expansion for the bindery and fulfillment divisions, bringing its total to 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
"If we continue to provide high- quality services that satisfy all the needs of our customers, we will continue to enjoy the benefits of our customer partnerships with their ever increasing loyalty," states Bill White, Quantum CEO.
"Even in the poor market conditions all of us have faced, we learned that customers appreciate our never-ending quest to exceed their expectations. As a result, we have been rewarded with greater shares of their work."