Lisa Arsenault, president, McArdle Printing

Dedicated Employees

As an employee-owned company, McArdle’s workers not only have a stake in the business, but a sense of leadership. McArdle’s steering committee is comprised entirely of employees—no managers—giving them more accountability. In addition to a competitive profit sharing plan, the employee contribution for McArdle’s health insurance plan is modest.

The combination of sheetfed and coldset web capabilities makes the printer popular for daily and weekly publications that are delivered on Capitol Hill. Its digital gear is an ideal fit for McArdle clients in need of annual reports, books and fund-raising materials.

The company produces variable data products for mutual fund companies to target their high net worth clients. Variable data printing has also proved to be optimal for customers in the collegiate and political spectrums. Variable data has endless applications; one McArdle client, which builds assisted living communities, relies on the printer to provide variable material for its 20 nationwide locations.

Some of McArdle’s corporate publishing clients have high page count needs. One job is a series of 10 books—including a massive 1,500-page tome—done four-color on 40-lb. stock, plastic coil bound and shipped. The project consumed 44 carloads of paper, according to Reyda.

McArdle also produces high page count, short-run magazines for some of the same publishing clients who deliver to Capitol Hill.

The company, which employs 219 and has 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space, is on track to post $42 million in revenues for 2006. Arsenault feels it is McArdle’s customer-driven approach that has enabled consecutive double-digit annual growth campaigns.

“We know our customers intimately well. We constantly look at their businesses and try to figure out what types of technology are out there that can improve their workflow and get them to market faster,” Arsenault says. “We’ve been saying for a long time that it’s not about ink on paper anymore. It’s really that equation of customers driving what they need and then McArdle delivering on it, religiously.”

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