Rick Littrell has been hired as the new vice president of Direct Hires, TechCreative at Semper International.
David Regan is president of Semper International, a Boston-based job placement firm that specializes in the graphic arts industry. He discusses the latest, highly positive state of the industry based on Semper’s quarterly Industry Insights survey, as well as the current job market for skilled and temporary labor in the printing industry. Regan notes how hard it is for employers to fill various skilled positions within various regions of the United States.
This week Julie Greenbaum highlights major industry newsmakers, including Pictorial Offset, RR Donnelley, Sterling Publishing, EFI, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, The Harman Press, Semper International, Canon Solutions America, Inca Digital Printers and Imperial Communications.
Several straight quarters of positive signals have finally blossomed, and Semper’s First Quarter data reveals that the industry is back in bloom. Coming into 2015, its company respondents reported record-setting profitability of 85 percent and sustained sales growth for five straight quarters. In addition, one-third of firms reported new sales growth in the first two weeks of 2015.
Semper International, in a recent survey, found evidence of a revitalized printing marketplace, with a true business surge in nearly every category it measured in the third quarter—including the highest percentage of companies reporting profit in years.
BOSTON—The latest survey by Semper International, a placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts industry, indicates a large percentage of printers experienced profits and positive revenue growth in spite of the impact of bad weather and continued economic malaise.
Some of the key findings presented in Semper International's newly, revamped industry insight survey reveal that current revenues remain relatively low, although firms are beginning to report positive revenue growth; despite a hiccup, firms remain bullish on sales growth; and while still troubling, the overall economy is marginalizing as a threat.
More than 300 small, medium and large printing companies participated in Semper International's latest printing industry report. The survey indicated a positive outlook and improved sales—71 percent of companies surveyed reported a profitable Q4—no change from the previous quarter.
Semper International has donated $5,000 to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF). Along with the check, PGSF also received a Letter of Commitment from Brian Regan to establish and fully endow a $25,000 scholarship in the company’s name.
Semper International's Industry Insight survey has seen a sharp decrease in profitability compared to last quarter. “We've never seen such a large contraction in profitability from one quarter to the next,” said Dave Regan, CEO of Semper International. “Combined with stagnating sales over the last two weeks, it's very troubling.”