Women in Printing -- Female Perspectives
The company saw its demise when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seized its land and building to prepare for construction of Interstate 190 in central Massachusetts. Raymond went to work for a company in Rhode Island called Federated Litho and was there until his death in 1989. His experiences led Ann into the industry.
"We often called on his customers together or met for lunch or dinner with some of them and I grew to know more and more about printing," says Rosseel. "Some of those same customers are still friends of mine. They were directly responsible for helping me as I prepared to educate my three girls who were 18, 19 and 22 when Raymond died."
Rosseel points out that she always had a love of art and saw printing as a creative process, from beginning to end. This helped her to pursue the business.
"I have faced many challenges in these last 17 years, not the least of which was my husband's death," Rosseel assesses. "We had just set up the idea of having this great little printing company when he was diagnosed with cancer and died just two years later. We had a couple of great customers already committed and I knew I needed to provide support to my three children—so we forged ahead. As the years have gone by, I believe I have won the support of many of my male colleagues as I have tried to do the best I can for my clients, my employees, my family and the industry."
Janet Green, Greens Inc.
Janet Green, CEO of Greens Inc. in Long Beach, CA, is a third-generation printer. Her grand-father started the company in 1908, so she points out that she was born to be a printer. During her teen years, however, Green felt that the theatre stage was her true calling.