150 Years And Still Strong
OSP's workload is huge. Tax booklets alone require run lengths of 14 million. OSP prints more than 12 million ballot pamphlets, 5 million department of motor vehicles handbooks and hundreds of thousands of other projects for state agencies. The new web press, which can print two 64-page signatures at once, is helping OSP to handle this volume.
In addition to printing, the office develops Web pages and electronic forms, controls and sells standard state forms and handles CD-ROM replication. Cron says she expects OSP to increase the amount of fulfillment work it does in the years ahead.
As it prepares to enter the next century, OSP has plans to move out of its current building and into a new structure five to eight years from now. By then, Cron says, OSP will be even more digital and more involved in e-commerce.
As for the future of printing at OSP, Cron does not see it going away any time soon.
"I see us using a lot more paper in the next decade," she says. The Internet explosion, she adds, has made us hungry for information, and until a new generation comes along that is used to reading from a monitor, paper usage will continue to increase.
As for other future trends, Cron says we should expect the unexpected.
"Five years from now I don't think digital printing is going to be the big thing," she predicts. "There's going to be something radically new—and we expect to be there."
—by Bob Neubauer
• Logic computer management system
• Color proofing systems
• Eight-color Heidelberg M-1000B web press
• Five-color, 40˝ Heidelberg with coater
• Four-unit, 38˝ Hantscho Mark VI three-web press
• Two Halm Jet envelope presses
• One Diamond envelope press