Printing Industry Veteran Jackie Foley to Retire From Kirkwood
A career etched in family history
For some, printing is in your blood. That is the case with Jackie (Minott) Foley. Jackie is the fourth generation to work in the graphic communication business. Beginning in Greenfield, MA, Jackie’s great grandfather, grandfather, and father operated the Minott Printing and Binding Company. Those were the days of dot etching, film, and single-color presses. Her family integrated the business into family life, and Jackie along with her two sisters, spent her summers during middle school and into high school, working in the bindery. Whether working on the saddle binder or catching on a folder, she learned the business literally from “the ground-up.” She took numerous graphics courses in high school, leading her to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology - School of Printing.
Her first job was working for Rumford in Concord, NH, as a Prepress Billing Associate. From there, she went to Clark Franklin Kingston Press as a Customer Service Representative. — all along the way, soaking up as much information as she could, and stashing this knowledge for her future positions.
Joining ACME Printing was where Jackie honed her skills. She held numerous positions during her tenure: Purchasing, Scheduling, Planning & Production Management. Handling the Prudential Annual Report (printed WEB) was a project with many sleepless nights and working many weekends. “As I recall,” stated Jackie, “the trucks of paper, just kept coming, day after day after day.” While interviewing Jackie for this article, she mentioned over and over how grateful she was, mentioning specifically the Canzano and Farraher families from ACME, for all the opportunities she was given.
Coming to Kirkwood from Universal Wilde, was such a joyful reconnection of her ACME Printing & UW colleagues. Jackie mentions that she probably has handled 10,000+ tickets over the 4 decades she has spent in the printing business. When asked about her favorite project, she recounts the Tiffany Holiday Catalog in 2014. She coordinated all parts of the job's planning, ticket writing, scheduling, bindery and mailing. “It was truly a project of a lifetime. I am happy to end my career, working for Kirkwood, the best-of-the-best.” stated Jackie.
A large part of Jackie’s daily workload has been supporting New York customers and Craig Wenrich’s vast portfolio of accounts. When we asked about Jackie, he said, “What can be said about Jackie other than she stepped into a business that was male-dominated, and not only survived but rose to the top. She is an inspiration to all on how to be on top of your game. She was always a professional who never lost her cool or her perspective. She will be missed more than any of us realize. I wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Jackie says she will miss the customers and her colleagues, but she is comfortable knowing that others will step up to the challenge of learning everything about Kirkwood’s print capabilities and make the company even stronger in the future. When asked what she thinks the printing business will look like in 50 years, she thinks digital printing will be the norm and offset high-color work will become boutique, like letterpress printing is today.
In her retirement she will be viewing life from a different perspective. She hopes to be able to give back to her community and spend lots of time with her husband Frank. She is very thankful for all the talented people she has worked with and all the career support she has been given by all the companies that she has represented. We wish her all the best in the next chapter of the Jackie Foley story.
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