Leaders of the Pack
He went on to say that another problem facing the printing industry is an overabundance of equipment in comparison with the needs of the present economy.
Still, during the first nine months of the year, Champion Industries increased its sales and profits beyond that of the same period of time for every other year. “Sales and profits have been at a record level for the first three quarters of the fiscal year, and we consider this our greatest success of the year thus far,” said Adkins.
The company has several priorities for 2007, including further sales increases. “Another priority for Champion Industries is to concentrate on controlling and reducing costs for increased profitability,” Adkins concluded.
Western States Envelope & Label’s Unique Capabilities Drive Profits
Advancing from fourth to third place this year, Western States Envelope & Label, Butler Wis., is the only label manufacturer with The Mark Andy DT. President and CEO Mark Lemberger said the press has had a huge impact on his company’s label sales. “This piece of equipment gives us the ability to produce extremely high-quality printed and die-cut labels on demand. The digital UV ink jet print engine combined with the laser die cutting station avoid the time and expense required to make plates and purchase dies for conventional equipment,” he explained. “Our label sales continue to grow at a 25 percent annual rate as customers take advantage of our unique ability to produce low-cost, high-quality, custom-printed labels with a short lead time.”
The company is currently in the midst of an aggressive label sales initiative, making distributors aware of the competitive advantage available to them, and providing educational resource materials and tips for successful label sales.
“We just published the Label Resource Guide, a comprehensive tool providing a wealth of information about labels and label stocks. It’s the ultimate primer on how to create the perfect label,” Lemberger added.
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