A Quantum Leap--From Foresight to Fortune...a Gamble Pays
For example, Quantum has developed a quit-smoking program, wherein the company picks up the tab for a non-smoking clinic or any other program that assists an employee in breaking the habit.
Last, but not least, is the company's quarterly newsletter. It features news from each department; a "Strictly Personnel" section that includes a brief bio and photo of each new employee, as well as those newly promoted; company events; and employee family happenings, such as engagements, marriages, births, vacations and athletic events.
"The philosophy of our company—that employees are the backbone of our business—attracts people who take pride in the product they produce," enthuses Assistant Marketing Director Barbara Bejna, who is also Quantum's newsletter editor. "Workers are happy to work in a place where their pride and efforts are important and incorporated into the business."
In a day and age where businesses seem to focus on employee expendability, rather than longevity, Quantum Color might be considered a loose cannon. However, Quantum's insightful executives would probably consider "loose cannon" a compliment.
Dinosaurs & Anchors
"We had two of the first Macintosh Quadra 950s in use in the country. Now they're boat anchors—completely obsolete," quips Quantum Color President and CEO Bill White.
While not speculating as to whose boats these "anchors" might secure, White does say Quantum has replaced the antiquated equipment with new Macs: the 9600/200. With these units, Quantum is now in the multi-processing mode, correcting color and retouching photos at "demon speed."
At press time, Quantum had not yet chosen which computer-to-plate system to install. However, executives there have narrowed it down between Creo and Scitex, and will probably use Kodak Polychrome Graphics digital plates.
With a CTP workflow coming soon, the company has also replaced its presses. Although White doesn't call them "dinosaurs," he does say four of the original five presses are now "extinct" at Quantum's new facility. In conjunction with the move, Quantum replaced its presses, even though they were only a few years old.