The Top Five Continue to Thrive
TST/Impreso was founded in 1976 and has since operated in the hard-copy supply market, which encompasses those products that are used with a hard-copy output or imaging device. These products include continuous computer paper, ink-jet media, desktop ink-jet papers, thermal fax paper and copy paper. TST/Impreso manufactures and distributes its variety of products under its own Impreso label, generic labels and private labels, and the company operates out of 60 locations throughout the United States and Quebec.
Western States Envelope & Label Powers Up
Since 1908, Western States Envelope & Label, Butler, Wis., has put its stamp on the industry as a leader in envelope manufacturing, producing everything from the tiniest double-O coin envelope to huge file envelopes for film negatives for the resale market. "We're configured to manufacture any type of envelope construction that is imaginable," said Mark Lemberger, company president and CEO. "Every type of business enterprise uses our products, but health-care, financial, insurance and direct mail are currently our strongest markets."
Large-format, 9x12˝ machine-insertable products containing windows are also extremely popular. End-users are realizing the benefits of adding more color and sophisticated graphics to their envelopes, which, Lemberger observed, are essentially delivery wrappers.
"Many companies also want to demonstrate that they are good, environmentally friendly corporate citizens, so we have developed our Globe 100 line which features products made entirely from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material," said Lemberger. "There is also our two-way EcoEnvelope line. The outer delivery envelope serves as the return vehicle as well, thereby further reducing paper consumption. We have also made significant investments and have changed our equipment mix to be able to offer these types of products, and we have more BOE and SLE folding machines than anyone else in the industry."
With converting equipment costing millions of dollars, Western States Envelope & Label wants to keep its presses running to see a return on investment. The company operates around-the-clock shifts seven days a week at one facility, and five days a week at its other four locations. The label division was created in 1994, and because the company has been known as an envelope manufacturer for more than 90 years, it constantly reminds existing customers to also think of Western States & Envelope for all of their label needs.