From the Editor: An In-plant Road Trip
As I've talked with in-plant managers at conferences over the years, many of them have extended an "if you're ever in the area" invitation for me to visit their shops. Earlier this year it dawned on me that for a quite a few Pennsylvania in-plants I was already "in the area" more or less, and the only thing stopping me from getting out there and visiting them was my own reluctance to leave the office.
So last month I finally made some time. I set up meetings with six different in-plant managers out in central Pennsylvania, most of whom I've been seeing at conferences for years. On my list were:
• The Pennsylvania Department of General Services, Harrisburg
• Penn State University, State College
• Penn College, Williamsport
• Bucknell University, Lewisburg
• Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg
• Lehigh University, Bethlehem
I set out on a sunny fall day, and I couldn't have timed it better. The autumn colors were brilliant as I drove through the hills of central Pennsylvania, passing farms and small towns, and wishing I could stop and explore each one.
I paused first in Harrisburg for a visit with Commonwealth Print Administrator Audrey Marrocco, who heads up the PA General Services Department. I've known Audrey for years through the National Government Publishing Association, and knew that she has been actively working to consolidate the various in-plants that have cropped up in the state's government over the years. When I sat with her I learned she had already centralized about 20 percent of them in the past 18 months, with a projected savings of more than $1 million. So far eight employees from those shops have joined her staff. She showed me a map on her wall depicting all the operations she was targeting for consolidation.
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.