Best Workplaces: No Place I'd Rather Work...
The G7 Master Printer-qualified firm addresses the needs of small- to mid-sized catalog marketers and publishers, producing catalogs, directories, manuals and soft-cover educational products. Not surprisingly, five of the PIA's 27 Best Workplace honorees hail from Wisconsin, the unofficial printing capital of the United States.
Safety training is offered to staff on a quarterly basis, with additional instruction provided for those using machinery. Webinars, in-house training and off-site seminars help supplement the health/safety education. Ripon's wellness program includes biometric assessments and the creation of wellness goals that, when achieved, can earn dollars used for health expenses.
Twice a year, Ripon Printers employees can be found cleaning a stretch of highway near their office. The company also sponsored an electronics recycling day for the community.
Carol Cluppert, marketing director for Ripon, says the company encourages workers to suggest ideas for improvement. "Employees who report close calls receive a small prize to thank them for bringing them to our attention," she says. "Our average tenure is 15 years and employees with significant anniversaries receive a gift card while others receive recognition in our employee newsletters."
Using 5S principles, Ripon Printers employees maintain organized and clean offices and manufacturing areas. Executives and floor personnel alike make an extra effort to greet each other on a first-name basis.
Courier Corp., North Chelmsford, MA
The nation's second-largest book manufacturer has appeared on the Best Workplace list every year since the program's inception in 2000. It manufactures one- to four-color books for a variety of markets, including trade, education and religious. In recent years, the company has established two digital book printing plants to go with its headset web and sheetfed operations, and also provides inventory management and order fulfillment, backed by its employee base of 1,600. Aside from its book manufacturing division, the company operates Courier New Media (Highcrest Media, FastPencil) and Courier Publishing (Dover Publications, REA).