Small Shops Serve God in Big Ways
NORMAN HOWARD sums up the feelings of most faith-based in-plant managers in just one sentence:
“I just feel like I’m serving God here doing what I’m doing,” says Howard, director of printing for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Va.
It’s a sentiment shared by countless in-plant managers at religious organizations—and one that drives them to put forth their best efforts in the service of their faith.
“It’s not just a job; I’m working for the Lord,” echoes Trout Davis, print shop manager at Grace Baptist Church, in Santa Clarita, Calif.
The devotion of in-plant managers like these has certainly been a blessing for the churches and other religious groups that depend on their services. The resulting hard work and attention to detail is one reason the religious sector is such a strong supporter of in-house printing.
Across the country, hundreds of religious institutions from various faiths run in-plants. Some are quite large (See related story: www.ipgonline.com/story/story.bsp?sid=56830&var=story) but most employ just one or two people. These organizations feel their in-plants play an important part in their success. The in-plants print the materials that help their churches grow, and do it quickly and cost effectively. And because they identify strongly with their church’s mission, these in-plants are inspired to produce high-quality work that presents their churches in the best light.
“We believe putting your heart and soul into what you do, whether it’s a business card or a four-color brochure, it’s working unto the Lord,” proclaims Charles Yamshak, manager of the two-employee print shop at Grace Community Church, in Sun Valley, Calif. In-plants, he continues, understand better than outside printers what their church is trying to convey.
“We are members of the church, and we have a mindset of what the church is looking for,” he says. His shop provides quality control from beginning to end, he adds.
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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.