From the Editor: You’re Valuable. Prove It

In-plant Graphics Editor Bob Neubauer

It’s encouraging to read this month’s cover story on Highmark Corporate Printing Services and see Manager Jeffrey Taranto say such things as “While in-plants often face the danger of their companies turning the lights off on them, we have experienced the complete opposite. Our business only seems to grow…and Highmark has been willing to invest more and more money into us.”

Wow. Is that every manager’s dream or what?

A situation like this doesn’t just happen, though. In Highmark’s case, the company and its subsidiaries are flourishing and in constant need of sales collateral, manuals, enrollment forms and more. Jeff’s operation has consistently been there to produce these items, working 24 hours a day to ensure they arrive quickly. The in-plant has proven its value and gives the company an edge, so Highmark is more than happy to support it with new equipment and larger quarters.

This isn’t our only example this month of a parent organization that loves its in-plant. You may have just read about Franklin University Printing Services on page 3. It opened its doors just a year ago, and has so far saved the Columbus, Ohio, university nearly $110,000.

The point in all this is that in-plants provide great value for their organizations. It’s up to the in-plant, though, to point this out, especially when those farther up the chain of command aren’t paying attention. Upper management at Highmark and Franklin appreciates what a great service they’re getting. At other in-plants, managers must be more proactive.

I was recently talking with a manager whose organization is considering outsourcing. His in-plant, I noted, provides a ton of value that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. When you list it all (and acknowledge that the outside printer’s “money-saving” rates are definitely going to increase over time) it makes much more sense to retain the in-plant.

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics 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 more than 130 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 Graphics.
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