Well, I've been at my new position in a new state for over a month now. The book printing industry was very fun for me early on. One year of managing projects as a customer service rep. Color House Graphics was great company to begin a career in. A small company that packed a powerful punch. I certainly wouldn't have left there if it weren't for my in-laws asking me to leave to assist them in turning around their failing printing company.
That printing experience was not nearly so fun. It was mid-size company that acted more like a punching bag, taking hits every day. Managment had long since stopped trying to keep pace with the frantically growing industry. Our product was poor (though acceptable), our pricing was high, and our schedule was rarely met. Many within the company had worked there so long that they could image working any other way. Management had not instilled in them the desire to keep agile.
While at Color House I loved to go out into the press room and ask the guys about their jobs. How does perfecting unit work, how do you make adjustments to the folder. What is the capacity of the binder? Constant questions and many good answers. At Lithocolor it was different. I hated that press room. Everything was dirty (thirty years old dirty). Most everyone was skeptical of the new "salesman." This was not a team, fighting to stay in the game, but a group of people each trying to protect their own job. Information was limited. Not many smiled.
Lithocolor went out of business not long after I arrived. I've seen how two different companies have operated, one successful, one now bankrupt. I only hope that I can keep the principles I learned in mind as I move forward.