From the Editor: State of the States
Still one of the strongest parts of the in-plant industry, government in-plants are being challenged to get leaner and update their services. Our new survey of this sector shows an increasing number have added capabilities like wide-format printing, scanning/archiving, fulfillment and online ordering. They’re also doing more four-color printing and variable data to accommodate the increasing demand.
Many government in-plants, like the Missouri State Printing Center (our cover story), are solidly established and respected by their agency customers, who rely on them for super fast turnaround and data security. Others, like the Washington State Department of Printing (which just won an NAPL Management Plus Silver Award), have been challenged by politicians who fail to understand the benefits and cost savings they bring.
Washington State Printing & Imaging Manager Jean-Luc Devis reports that as of October 1, his 92-employee operation was consolidated, along with four other agencies, into one mega-agency called the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). About 10 in-plant office positions were consolidated with similar positions in DES to reduce administrative overhead costs.
“Senate Bill 5931, that was passed in June 2011 also had a section in it that required that up to six DES activities, including bulk printing, be considered competitively for outsourcing,” reports Devis. “This process will occur during this calendar year, and we are uncertain of the outcome.”
In other states the story is different. In Tennessee, a plan to consolidate Printing and Media Services with the data center and move into a new facility has been put on hold, reports Director Tammy Golden. Meanwhile, some of her staff are worried about losing their positions due to a state law that allows employees from other divisions to bump them out if their own divisions experience reductions. Still, the in-plant is moving ahead, and just added a Xerox 1000 with clear dry ink capabilities.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.