PI 400 — The Who’s Who in Printing for 2003

Now in its 20th year, the Printing Impressions 400 (in this special pull-out section) provides the industry’s most comprehensive ranking of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada.

The listings include company name and headquarters location; parent company, if applicable; current and previous year’s rankings; most recent and previous year’s fiscal sales; percentage change; primary specialties; principal officer(s); and number of employees, manufacturing plants and total press units.

In a few instances, those firms on the list that are heavily involved in activities other than printing were instructed to indicate sales derived only from printing. If printing revenues comprised less than 50 percent of total corporate sales, companies were asked to give only the amount of their annual sales derived exclusively from printing.

Financial information for the PI 400 rankings was provided by privately held firms voluntarily. We also did not allow companies that were close to completing a fiscal year to provide projected/ estimated sales figures. As a result, printers shown on the list were often reporting year 2002 sales as their most recent figures.

Despite our repeated attempts, various privately held companies refused to divulge their annual printing sales figures. Consequently, they were not included. And some that did participate refused or could not break down their annual sales by the various print market specialties that we track.

Also, individual printing companies that are part of larger graphic arts networks—such as Quebecor World, Consolidated Graphics, Moore Wallace and Mail-Well—are not listed separately. In essence, to do so would be to show sales figures twice. Instead, only the revenues of the entire umbrella corporation are included. In the case of a holding company that owns a graphic arts firm, the printing operation is listed in our rankings with the holding company’s name appearing beneath it.

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