Fineline Printing Group : Living the American DreamOctober 2009 By Cheryl Adams
QUALITY PRODUCT? Check. Excellent customer service? Check. Extensive capabilities? Check. Technology leader? Check. Sustainable operation? Check.
Financially solid company? Check. Profitable even in the wake of an economically devastating 2008 and 2009? Check plus.
Indianapolis-based Fineline Printing Group has grown each and every year since its founding in 1981, in spite of various challenges, including the current financial markets crash that has spiralled the nation (if not the world) into an economic tailspin.
But, it comes as no surprise to those who know him that Richard Miller—a native of Argentina, who moved to the United States when he was only 16—ended up epitomizing the American Dream. Starting the company with $13,000 in savings, a small SBA loan and his strong sales aptitude, Miller has spent the past 28 years building up his beloved commercial printing business in Indianapolis.
Today, Fineline is located in a 56,000-square-foot facility, has more than 50 employees and generates in excess of $12 million a year in revenues. The company boasts such notable clients as Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc. and the Indy Racing League. Capabilities include brochures, pamphlets, marketing materials, posters, business cards, etc., as well as variable data printing, wide-format, display graphics, promotional products and corporate apparel, mailing services, fulfillment and online ordering.
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Under the leadership of Fineline's executive team—consisting of Miller, president and owner; Lisa Young, vice president of operations; Ric Miller, vice president of manufacturing; and Paul Doerfler, vice president of corporate development—the company has honed its reputation as an all-Heidelberg shop. Presses include three two-color QuickMasters; a two-color MOZP; a five-color, 20˝ Speedmaster 52 with coater; a six-color, 29˝ Speedmaster 74 with aqueous coater; a two-color, 40˝ Speedmaster 102 perfector; as well as a newer five-color, 40˝ Speedmaster CD 102 with aqueous coater and extended delivery.
Two Kodak Digimaster 9110s, a Ricoh Pro C900 color digital press and a Fuji Acuity UV flatbed printer round out the firm's digital printing capabilities. Bindery and direct mail equipment consist of a Halm envelope printing press, various Polar cutters and Stahl folders, two Böwe Bell + Howell inserters and a six-pocket Muller Martini saddlestitcher. A new arrival is an Esko Kongsberg I-cut router for sign and display finishing.
Part of the company's claim to fame is its distinction as the first lithographic printer in Indiana to be certified by the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership—and the fourth printer in the nation to be certified by the SGP. Fineline began investigating its green habits around the time the SGP launch was announced in mid-2008, and it became a Beta site printer, providing feedback to the organization and assisting in future development of the program.