150 Years And Still Strong

California Office Of State Publishing

Sacramento, Calif.

Annual sales: $61,333,656

Operating budget: $57,996,000

Full-time employees: 456

Part-time employees: 21

Jobs printed per year: 24,380

When the California Office of State Publishing (OSP) installed a new eight-color Heidelberg M-1000B web press recently it was major news in the in-plant world, where such giant webs are rare. Still, for OSP the installation was, in a way, just a continuation of the growth it experienced through much of the 1990s.

“We went [from] having some of the most obsolete technology in our greater Sacramento area, to having some of the most current, sophisticated technology, especially in prepress and in our digital print applications—and of course our new, big eight-color press,” says Celeste Maia Cron, State Printer.

This new technology is helping OSP streamline its operation and reduce its staff.

“We expect to have a drop in staff over the next seven to eight years,” Cron reveals. “We’re going to see a far more sophisticated and lean OSP because of technology.”

The second largest in-plant in the country, OSP has had many years to build itself up to its current size. Next month will mark its 150th anniversary, making it eight months older than the state of California itself.

When Cron came on board six years ago, OSP comprised several scattered satellite printing facilities. She led the consolidation of these offices into a single 300,000-square-foot operation, with one satellite office near the Capitol.

In 1996 OSP went non-mandated, meaning that state agencies were no longer required to use the in-plant’s services. This resulted in a drop in sales of 10 percent over two years. Cron has worked hard to build up business by marketing OSP to customers and improving customer service. In addition, an innovative program of soliciting paid advertising in state publications has increased business, saving state agencies $1.2 million last year.

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