California State Printer Jerry Hill spent Ben Franklin's 308th birthday hosting an open house at the Office of State Publishing (OSP) to promote the in-plant's newly expanded facilities and upgraded capabilities.
Spend just a few minutes with David "Jerry" Hill, the new California State Printer, and you'll feel like you've been friends for years. His cordial demeanor puts newcomers at ease as he quickly launches into stories from his long life in the printing business. And having spent nearly every one of his 66 years in a print shop, Hill has a lot of tales to tell.
As the largest state printing operation, California’s Office of State Publishing (OSP) has a long and eventful history, dating back to 1850. In recent years, the 135-employee in-plant has been overseen by Acting State Printer Kevin Hannah, but last month the operation got a new leader when David “Jerry” Hill was sworn in as the new State Printer.
It’s always refreshing to learn about regional in-plant networking groups that are bringing managers together. In Sacramento, Calif., one such group has been meeting quarterly for the past year. It boasts 35 active members from 25 government agencies all around the state capital.
HOLDING AN open house is a great way for your in-plant to promote its capabilities and generate new business. All it takes is a little planning. To help you and give you some ideas, we spoke with three California in-plants that have held open houses. San Diego State University (SDSU), California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and California State University-Sacramento built on each others’ experiences to make their events even more successful. In all three cases, open houses were organized around the acquisition of new digital printing equipment. Leslie Rutledge, manager of ReproGraphic Services at SDSU, was the first of the three to take the plunge.
Whenever a company starts a new in-plant from scratch, it's great news for the rest of our industry. It shows the world that outsourcing is not the trend that defines the in-plant industry—that companies and organizations see lots of value in starting up new in-plants. Hobby Lobby brought its in-plant to life just five years ago, and it hasn't stopped growing since. Now up to 14 employees, it has added lots of new equipment, including a five-color offset press and an HP Indigo digital color press (see story in this issue). It's not