Hall of Fame--Canzano - Riding Technology to the Cutting-edge
The transformation was a gradual one as opposed to the now-familiar overnight leap. What helped cultivate Acme's reputation as a national printer was a penchant for servicing out-of-state clients with top-quality printing as quickly as possible. It was an effective game plan; Acme currently serves corporations such as Bermuda, Bose, Coca-Cola, Fidelity Investments, General Electric, General Motors, Pfizer and Tiffany.
Acme has long since shaken its regional label and has gained worldwide recognition from the commercial printing community. In 1998, it was selected Sappi North American—and International—Printer of the Year from a pool of 1,300 other national and worldwide printers. Acme repeated as North American Printer of the Year for 1999 and has advanced to the international finals, which take place this month.
All in the Family
Francis W. "Fran" Canzano Jr. began cutting his teeth at family owned Acme Printing, which opened its doors in 1930 (it was acquired by World Color in April of 1998, which became Quebecor World in August). He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1964, when linotype and Ludlow machines were chic and a prepress revolution was just beginning to stir. Canzano was elevated to vice president of sales in 1969.
Canzano reaped much of his inspiration from a founding father of photographic reproduction, Polaroid founder Dr. Edward Land. It was Land who influenced Canzano to follow the path of technology and believe in accomplishing the seemingly impossible.
"He was a man at the leading edge of technology," Canzano says of Land. "I got to work with him directly on a lot of printing projects. He always pressed me to do better. If you ever said to him, 'I don't think we can do that,' he'd say, 'What do you mean? We just put a man on the moon, so we can do it.' That was his attitude, and I think it rubbed off on me. For me to have been able to spend time with Dr. Land was quite a privilege and honor."