Faith In His Work
Running one of the country's largest in-plants is tough work, but Craig Sedgwick manages to do it well—while winning prizes for quality.
by Bob Neubauer
When an in-plant wins seven In-Print awards—including three first place prizes—it's clear the shop has an awful lot of talent inside its walls.
That feat was accomplished this year by the 350-employee in-plant for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City.
Though the man behind the in-plant, Plant Manager Craig Sedgwick, would credit his employees' dedication and hard work, his own dedication to them and to the in-plant has certainly played a big part. By pushing to stay technologically advanced, while being constantly on the lookout for new services to offer, he has helped make his operation one of the top in-plants in the country.
Sedgwick's dedication to printing springs from his meticulous nature.
"I've always had a great attention to detail, so [printing] kind of captivated me," he says. "I was interested in doing that from the very beginning."
For Sedgwick, the beginning was back in junior high school when he served on the staff for the school paper in Clearfield, Utah.
"I got appointed as the printer," he recalls. The "press" was an old, hand-cranked mimeograph machine.
This positive experience stuck with him. Years later, when he was on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Billings, Mont., he jumped at the chance to run the A.B.Dick press being used in the office there. For six months he printed newsletters and other information sent to missionaries and their families.
When he returned to Utah, his strong religious faith drew him to seek employment with the LDS Church.
"I saw that there was an opening in printing, so I thought 'Wow, that interests me more than anything else.' So I went and applied and got the job as a press assistant," he says.