Allstate All Stars
The superior capabilities, innovations and vision of the Allstate Print Communications Center make it a role model and a true Industry Leader.
If someone took all of the management tips and equipment advice ever offered in the pages of In-Plant Graphics and put them to work in a single in-plant, the resulting "super in-plant" would be equipped to handle virtually any type of print job, from design through mailing.
It would report stellar savings to its appreciative management, thrill its customers with service and be a true leader in the printing industry—a model for in-plants everywhere. But such an in-plant doesn't exist, right?
Tucked away in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, the Allstate Print Communications Center is exactly that: a "super in-plant." Its efforts to build itself into a thriving operation—rivaling most commercial printing firms—have earned it the respect of printers everywhere.
Because of its status as an in-plant role model, its successful management techniques and its efforts to help other in-plants through its role in the International Publishing Management Association (IPMA), the Allstate Print Communications Center has been selected as this year's IPG Industry Leader of the Year.
Though the honor has not previously been bestowed on an in-plant, Allstate is a fitting recipient. It leads the pack for, among other things, its uncommon commercial insourcing efforts, its integration with its company's data center and mailing operations, its strong advocacy of digital printing (evidenced by its purchase of an Indigo digital color press) and a relationship with its parent that is based on mutual admiration.
Plus, because of the respect it gets from commercial printers, Allstate serves to strengthen the image of in-plants everywhere. In fact, Allstate recently received its third NAPL Gold Award, an accolade usually conferred on commercial shops.
"It's not only a benchmark that we're a successful in-plant, but that we can compete on an even level with commercial plants," remarks Bob Tierney, Allstate print operations director. "That's where our vision has always been."