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NAPL Honors Best Managed Graphic Arts Companies for 2008

April 2009
PARAMUS, NJ—April 7, 2009—NAPL, the trade association for excellence in business management, selected 17 graphic communications companies to receive 2008 Management Plus Awards, which recognize management excellence in all phases of operation. The highest Management Plus honor, the William K. Marrinan Hall of Fame Award, was bestowed on Wordsprint, Inc., a leading provider of design, print and mail services in Wytheville, Virginia. Four companies earned Management Plus Gold Awards, 7 received Silver Awards, and five were named Merit Award winners.

Gold Award winners were Harding Poorman Group, Indianapolis, IN, Think Patented, Dayton, OH, Classic Graphics Inc., Charlotte, NC and Portland General Electric, Portland, OR.

“Management Plus award winners are the kinds of organizations that have what it takes to succeed in today’s challenging marketplace—a high degree of management excellence in all operational areas,” said Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL President and Chief Executive Officer. “I and everyone at NAPL extend our sincere congratulations to all the 2008 Management Plus honorees.”  

The awards were presented at a special banquet on Tuesday, March 17, during NAPL’s 2009 Top Management Conference in Tucson, Arizona. The annual NAPL Management Plus program is sponsored by American Printer magazine, Compass Capital Partners, Ltd., and manroland.

In addition to receiving the award, the Hall of Fame inductee and the top Gold Award winners in each category (there are five categories based on sales volume and one for in-plant printers) have the honor of presenting scholarships to the graphic communications schools of their choice. The scholarships are funded by NAPL and the Management Plus sponsors.

All Management Plus award winners become members of the NAPL Management Plus Society, a peer group dedicated to improving and promoting the graphic arts. The Society offers valuable opportunities for networking with executives of leading companies in the industry.

About Management Plus: Unlike other graphic arts competitions in which printed pieces are judged, NAPL’s Management Plus program judges management excellence. Graphic communications companies are asked to conduct an analysis of specific areas of their operations. In that way, the program becomes a diagnostic tool that printing company leaders can use to judge their own management performance against accepted industry standards.

Management Plus entrants are judged on how they perform against industry standards in nine key areas: internal control systems; financial performance; marketing/sales plan; business planning; human resources; environmental/safety concerns; quality control; community/industry affairs; and vendor relations.

For more information about NAPL’s Management Plus program, contact Robin Schabacker, program coordinator, at (800) 642-6275, ext. 6307, or rschabacker@napl.org.

About NAPL:
Chartered in 1933, NAPL, the National Association for Printing Leadership, is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $120 billion graphic communications industry. NAPL’s comprehensive slate of business-building solutions provides company leaders with the management tools they need to make informed business decisions in an ever-changing market environment. The association also handles the administration of NAQP, the National Association of Quick Printers, which specializes in the unique concerns of small printers nationwide, and the industry’s Research and Engineering Council, which is dedicated to manufacturing technology and productivity improvement issues. For more information on NAPL or its affiliated associations, visit www.napl.org or call (800) 642-6275.

About manroland:

manroland AG is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of printing systems and the world’s market leader in web offset. The group has production facilities in Offenbach, Mainhausen, Augsburg and Plauen in Germany. It employs almost 8,700 people, has annual sales of almost 1.7 billion Euro with an export share of almost 80 percent, and books new orders to a value of 1.4 billion Euro (2008).
 

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