Several feature articles in the June issue illustrate ongoing hurdles—and discuss subsequent solutions—facing many printing companies today. Take our cover story on Kirkwood Printing, which has grown into a $72 million performer since being acquired a decade ago by three veteran salespeople who had worked at Acme Printing, a New England establishment once revered throughout the industry for its high-end reproduction capabilities.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one...so three Quebecor World sales guys are driving around during their lunch hour one day, circa 2003, and stumble upon a commercial printing business they knew well: a company with an outstanding reputation, a firm that represented a golden opportunity for the trio to strike out on their own and start anew. The company: Kirkwood Printing.
The most successful printers don't refer to the weather forecast when assessing their next move; they plunge head-first into a scenario that has the potential to be parlayed into handsome profits. We've got three success examples for your consideration—firms that have enjoyed immense success even as the economy provides little to no optimism for the immediate future of print.
Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ May 2012 edition, including items on Harland Clarke, The Allied Group, Multi Packaging Solutions, Princeton Fulfillment Solutions, Kirkwood Holdings, Omaha Print, Integrated Book Technology and Carlos Barboza.
WILMINGTON, MA—Kirkwood Holdings has acquired Nu Graphics Etc., a digital printing solutions company. Nu Graphics Etc. joins commercial printer Kirkwood Printing (ranked 111 in the Printing Impressions 2011 Top 400 list with $43 million in sales) and direct marketing communications specialist Kirkwood Direct in serving a range of domestic and international clientele.
Kirkwood Holdings has acquired Nu Graphics Etc., a digital print solutions company, joining it with commercial printer Kirkwood Printing (Printing Impressions 2011 Top 400 ranking: #111 with $43 million in sales) and direct marketing communications leader Kirkwood Direct
Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions’ December 2011 edition, featuring items on J.C. Weir Inc., Miniature Folding, Modern Litho-Print and Spiel Associates.
DIFFERENT ROADS can lead to success. Some are straight on, filled with excitement and opportunity. Some are long and winding, wrought with trials and tribulations. But in the race to printing prosperity, whether firms take the high or low road, or simply the one less traveled, it proves there are multiple avenues to sales growth. Here’s a sampling of fast-track firms appearing on this year’s Printing Impressions 400. Synergy Graphics, Plymouth, MN Most Recent Fiscal Year Sales: $66 Million Previous Fiscal Year Sales: $20 Million Change: 230 percent “Why are we successful?” ponders Mike O’Meara, Synergy Graphics president. “Lots of acquisitions! We were just
DC Area Printer Elects a Winner UPPER MARLBORO, MD—In close proximity to the nation’s capital, family owned District Creative Printing provides services to groups that cater to the federal government, one of which is trade associations. Already operating a fleet of five MAN Roland presses, District Creative Printing recently installed a new five-color Roland 700 HiPrint press with in-line coater, making it the first shop in the Mid-Atlantic with the recently launched midsize model. New Press Keeps Shop In Vogue WAUKEGAN, IL—The difference is “like night and day,” says Pete DePerte, vice president and co-owner of Vogue Printers, comparing the difference between
NOW IN its 24th year, the Printing Impressions 400 (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. (Download a PDF version of the entire listing by clicking here.) For information on the complete list with contact and address details, please view Printing Impressions Top 400 datacard. Financial information for the