Boeing - Soaring To Victory
Boeing's Chuck Okerlund was interviewed for this article a few weeks before his death. IPG is running this story as a tribute to him for his hard work and dedication.
by Bob Neubauer
When you work for an internationally recognized company like Boeing, you have to live up to tough quality standards—whether you're building the planes or printing the manuals and marketing materials that help keep them aloft.
Boeing's Precision Printing operation has made these standards its guiding light. Year after year the 28-employee operation, part of Boeing's printing and micrographic services department, has raked in scores of top prizes in the annual In-Print contest, sponsored by IPG and IPMA. This year Boeing took first place in both the four-color calendars and special projects categories. Even better, its calendar beat out all the other first place winners and was named Best of Show by the judges.
This is the fourth time in eight years that Boeing has won Best of Show in this contest. This is no easy feat, as Precision Printing manager Chuck Okerlund readily points out.
"The competition is [increasing] because there's more color coming into in-plant operations—which is good," he notes. That makes this award all the more satisfying for Okerlund and his staff. "It's a real morale booster for my employees," he says.
Overall, printing and micrographic services has about 120 employees. It is overseen by Derek Budworth and has a budget of $20 million. Precision Printing produces about a quarter of the in-plant's volume, and about half of its work is four-color process.
Printing The Winning Item
The prize-winning calendar is a 10x16-1⁄2˝ piece incorporating the work of Boeing's best photographers, who have captured Boeing's planes taking off, soaring through the clouds and resting on runways in various colorful locales. The calendars were given away by Boeing's marketing department to clients and business associates all over the world.