THE LEHIGH PRESS — The Midas Touch. . . Again!
Frick succeeded John D. DePaul as CEO in May of 1998. DePaul served as Lehigh CEO for nearly 50 years before retiring in 1998. DePaul still continues as the Lehigh non-executive chairman and remains majority holder. Frick holds the minority ownership position. Frick is highly complimentary of DePaul’s business acumen and credits DePaul as being an ideal advisor/counselor.
“John D. DePaul is literally one of my heroes in this business,” praises Frick. “He is an authentic industry visionary and a truly successful entrepreneur. Imagine building a stellar book component printing company, an off-shore pharmaceutical printer and green fielding a TV Guide-dedicated printing facility, while also acquiring a prepress company and a premier in-line finishing direct marketing printer (Cadillac in 1974), not to mention a publication printer (Kansas Color in 1980), a catalog printer (Steck-Warlick in 1976), as well as a packaging company.
“All this was achieved well before 1990 and prior to the current era of printing consolidation,” Frick points out. “John did it all. He has my full admiration.”
Lehigh Growth Platform
The Lehigh Press is composed of four principal operating units: Lehigh Press Lithographers in Pennsauken, NJ, home to its market-leading educational book component manufacturing operation; Lehigh Cadillac Direct in Broadview, IL, its pioneering direct marketing printing division; and Colortronics, located in Elk Grove Village, IL, which houses the company’s highly advanced digital prepress platform. Lastly, the Lehigh Press Puerto Rico affiliate is a leading pharmaceutical label and insert printing operation.
Frick has proven to be the ideal choice for Lehigh, since the company was positioned in two key market niches—book components and direct mail—that both fed into his demonstrated career strengths. He immediately implemented tough love, cost-cutting measures while concurrently initiating aggressive capital investment in equipment upgrades and state-of-the-art digital technology. Frick had long been recognized as a master sales recruiter and rapidly rejuvenated Lehigh’s sales and marketing engine through a combination of renewed focus and new blood.