John Fosmire Born to Print
Anderson took large automobile brochures that were being run on sheetfed offset presses and moved them onto web presses, and got amazing results, Fosmire says.
Over the years, one of the biggest factors to Anderson Litho's success has been to focus on taking on high-quality segment work—business that a lot of other area printers did not want to touch. According to Fosmire, that is where Anderson has focused and flourished.
Fosmire also spends part of his day in the customer lounge, seeing how things are going with the company's clients, which he admits can sometimes be a rocky road to travel, but very important nonetheless.
"Believe me, it isn't always a pleasant experience," Fosmire confides. "Printing is not an exact science. You can go in and ask a client how everything is going and he can unload on you, but it is important to take care of and solve problems."
Keeping on the leading edge of technology has been one of Fosmire's main objectives—and ways of keeping customer concerns to a minimum. Also keeping a well-trained, experienced staff helps the company offer the marketplace the best quality work, he adds.
After four decades with the company, Fosmire states he faces some of the same challenges in his work today as he has in the past. One of the largest challenges is meeting sales numbers, year after year, for a company the size of Anderson Litho.
This year's sales goal stands at more than $200 million—none of which comes from contract work—and presents a major goal for the company to reach, especially in today's economy, he reports.
Economy aside, Fosmire is obviously proud of his company and his role of president. This is understandable after learning that he started at Anderson Litho making $1.77 per hour.
But he feels his past experience as a lower level employee and then working his way up to the top of the company has been an important piece to Anderson Litho's role as a leader in the industry. "It would be very difficult for someone from the outside to come into a company like Anderson Lithograph and be successful," Fosmire stresses.