In-plant managers received more than just knowledge from the recent International Publishing Management Association conference in Portland, Ore. Dozens of them took home awards.
The In-Print awards got the most attention. All 105 plaques were on display, and first-place winners had their awards presented to them on stage during the awards banquet. Boeing claimed the Best of Show victory, its fifth in 11 years.
Additionally, IPMA recognized a number of in-plants for their accomplishments:
• Duke Energy, of Houston, won IPMA's annual award for In-house Promotional Excellence for holding an open house in the company's lobby that drew more than 500 visitors. The in-plant showed off its new digital capabilities and stressed the message that customers should send files electronically to save time and improve quality. As a result, digital printing files jumped from an average of 3 to 30 files per day. Cindy Owen, manager of Communications Services, accepted the award for Duke Energy.
• Washington State University, in Pullman, earned IPMA's Management Award. The operation's many accomplishments included a tremendous growth in productivity in 2000. Copy centers produced over 900,000 more copies than in 1999, and 60,000 more offset pieces were produced. Steven Rigby, director of printing, accepted the award.
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of Cambridge, was named Mail Center of the Year for making numerous improvements that enhanced mail efficiency and saved more than $1.4 million in 2000.
• Also, IPMA named six Outstanding Contributors for their dedication and support of IPMA: Lora Geionety, A.A. "Al" Harrison, Christine Landowski, Liz Messner, Dave Pitts and Pat Seier.
Just The Thing
American River College, in Sacramento, Calif., recently added a new Konica 7075. Don Reid, supervisor of Printing Services, says the machine is perfect for his eight-employee shop and has held up quite well under some busy conditions. "We have been very happy, with not only the production of the machine, but the quality of image, as well," Reid says. "If I had the budget for it right now, I would definitely put another one in to run tandem."