The Top Ten
Here's what's been happening lately at the10 in-plants that top the list.
By Bob Neubauer
This was a year of major change for the Government Printing Office. In January, Bruce James took over as Public Printer and set about reshaping the 142-year-old operation as an electronic information distribution organization. Under his direction, GPO reached a compact with the President's Office of Management and Budget, which had challenged GPO's right to handle executive branch printing and procurement. A test program with the Department of Labor allows that department to select printers outside the GPO procurement process.
GPO also reduced its staff this year in a buyout that should save $21 million a year, and it closed 13 bookstores nationwide, leaving only one, in its main building. The GPO Access Web site reached a milestone in 2003 by making more than 250,000 titles available online. In its print shop, GPO is soon to add CTP equipment for its smaller presses.
The Allstate Print Communication Center started off the year by accepting NAPL's William K. Marrinan Hall of Fame award, the highest honor in the NAPL Management Plus program. This crowned a seven-year streak of earning NAPL Gold Awards.
In 2003 APCC also assumed responsibility for the in-plant of the former American Heritage Life Insurance Co., which Allstate purchased four years ago. The 34,000-square-foot facility in Jacksonville, Fla., employs 18 people and includes a direct-to-plate system, two four-color Heidelbergs, a Xerox DocuTech and other equipment. Its Fulfillment Center has been moved into Allstate's Wheeling, Ill., facility and five fulfillment employees are being trained in printing to help the operation expand with a second print shift in 2004.
During 2003 Allstate purchased a Rimage AutoStar CD-ROM recorder and a Kodak Approval XP4 proofing system. Next year the operation plans to replace one of its 28˝ presses, and it is also looking at a new management system.