Field of Dreams

Ken Field Sr., president and CEO of Itasca, IL-based Continental Web Press

“Back then, people kept asking me why I was putting a printing plant here when other companies were moving out. I just kept telling them that we were set to be what I dubbed ‘the centrally located home of fine web printing,’ ” he explains.

Field moved his company in 1978 to its current 225,000-square-foot facility on 15 acres of land. And, in 1995, Continental expanded again by opening a 220,000-square-foot plant on 25 acres of land in Walton, KY. The printer also maintains a sales office in New York.

Today, the privately held company reports $80+ million in annual sales, boasts 425 employees and keeps nine web presses running six days a week.

Over the years, Continental has received numerous accolades, such as Gold Ink, Benny, WOA and PIANKO awards for printing excellence; Media Networks/Time Inc. Printer of the Year; Carlson Marketing Group’s Outstanding Key Supplier Award; and the Grainger Customer Focused Quality Award. Field himself was a 1993 inductee into the PRINTING IMPRESSIONS/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, named a “Good Scout” by the Boy Scouts of America and a 2005 Luminaire Award recipient.

He has also found time to give back to the industry that he is so passionate about. He has supported and served in executive roles within numerous industry organizations, including the PIA/GATF Web Offset Section, the NAPL and the GCA, among many others. PI

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