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Publishers Press 50th Anniversary Book

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Publishers Press, a family owned magazine printing company, celebrates its 50th anniversary in Shepherdsville, KY. Although the company has been in business since 1866, in 1958 it moved to a new location and began to flourish. This book shows the history, successes, trying times, and more within the company's 144 year heritage.

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Publishers Press 50th Anniversary Book

  1. 1. Publishers Printing Company 100 Frank E. Simon Avenue, Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165 1958—2008
  2. 2. Preface Growing up in Bullitt County, I knew Publishers Printing Company Trying to compile a 50-year story of celebrations, growth, adversity, was special long before I came to work here four years ago. I’ve always and people is no small task. We greatly appreciate the contributions of: respected and admired the Simon family and have known of the Jim Haberman, Joe Bernzweig, Paul Capito, Tom Kelly, Karen Kerman, contributions the company and its employees made to the community. Jodi Colwell, and Larry Blanton. Perry Cook and his team deserve a Even so, when the Marketing Department was assigned the task of huge thanks, as well, for scanning thousands of photos over the last six creating a book to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Shepherdsville months. Plant, I don’t think any of us realized the richness of the history we Thank you also to Elizabeth Simon-Thomas, Libbye Montgomery, were about to learn. Franny Aprile, Nick Simon, and Michael Simon for your Thousands of people have been employed by Publishers Printing thoughtfulness and honesty in helping us tell the story of Publishers Company over the last 50 years. It would be impossible to include Printing Company. everyone’s name or face, but we hope each employee, retiree, and their And, finally, thank you to Frank E. Simon, for bringing your vision families realize how important they are to the Simon family and this to Bullitt County and leaving so much of yourself here with us. company, and that they’ve all contributed to something special. Because of its people, this company is truly unique in its passion, generosity, Amanda Lee Bledsoe, Marketing Director ingenuity, fearlessness, strength, and integrity. 6
  3. 3. “It is intended here to remind each employee that hundreds of people have left something of themselves with Publishers Printing Company…” -James C. Haberman, in his foreword of the 1966 book commemorating 100 years of company history. 7
  4. 4. “He was a man of vision like I’d never known.” Elizabeth Simon-Thomas
  5. 5. “New Industry Seems Assured for Bullitt County” -The Pioneer News May 24, 1957 The future site of Shepherdsville plant, 1957. 10
  6. 6. Introduction “New Industry Seems Assured For Bullitt County, Chamber Announces” Bullitt County. Who would predict that in just 50 years, the number That was the article heading in the Friday, May 24, 1957 issue of The of employees would grow in size by nearly 40 times, and the company’s Pioneer News. In that article, Frank Simon was quoted as saying, “I expect growth and expansion would amount to what it is today? no tax concessions, nor moratorium, nor special treatment for our firm. Withstanding floods, train derailments, economic hardships, and more, We intend to share our portion of the local tax responsibilities and help Publishers Printing Company has flourished because of good leadership, local groups to improve our new home community.” hard workers, and family values. With only 50 employees, Publishers Printing Company opened for Here’s a look back at the past 50 years since Publishers Printing business in Shepherdsville just one year after that article printed. June Company first called Shepherdsville home. 1958 marks the official anniversary date of the company’s move to 11
  7. 7. Prologue For most companies, 50 years represents more than a lifetime. For thing and shifting his operations from the building at First and Chestnut Publishers Printing, 50 years make up just one chapter in a story that a few blocks away, Frank did what Frank always did. He took this as spans several cities, five generations, and thousands of employees. This an opportunity to grow the business, to start over, to make a giant step chapter, these 50 years in Shepherdsville, are essential to the company toward success. being what it is today. Elizabeth Simon-Thomas recalls her late husband’s forethought: Frank E. Simon’s decision to move his family’s company to Bullitt “He was a man of vision like I’d never known.” She says the company County was brought on by necessity; his land in downtown Louisville was “doing alright” in its Louisville location, but not as well as Frank was taken over to build an Interstate. Instead of doing the easy, obvious thought it should. So when the time came to move, he considered >> 12
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  9. 9. Shelbyville and Shepherdsville. Mr. Simon decision comes as no surprise to anyone decided on a plot of land in Shepherdsville that who knew Frank Simon. He realized that was near the new Interstate, near the railroad the declining farming community in tracks, and above the flood plane. Though Shepherdsville would produce plenty of skilled, his wife was skeptical of his decision to buy hard-working employees that possessed values, outside of Jefferson County, she recalls, “He dedication, and integrity. said, ‘I like the people, I think they’ll be good Even as small children, Frank’s sons, Nicholas to work with.’ He was so proud of it.” X. and Michael J., were aware that the people That the quality of staff influenced his at Publishers Printing were a special group. >> Nick (top) and Michael Simon. 14
  10. 10. “We were received very warmly by the staff out here as kids,” Michael today, her answer is simple: “I’d say the birth of Frank!” says. “They kind of took us under their wing…watching us and making She says Frank was a happy person who didn’t waste anything. “He sure we were good and not getting into too much trouble.” could get things done,” says Mrs. Simon. “He thought it didn’t do any The Simon boys spent their early days at Publishers Printing Company good to worry, there’s got to be a good way to fix [your problem].” Libbye pulling negatives off of flats…and, according to their mother, racing each and her sister, Franny Aprile, would visit the Chestnut Street plant with other up and down the hall in the wheeled office chairs. “We learned their father. Franny recalls the darkness of the building and the smell of a lot, it was a learning experience, clearly,” says Michael. “And in the ink. Libbye remembers that her father, who passed away in 1990, paid afternoons we would get done with first shift, I think at 3 or 3:30. Of the tolls on I-65 when he came to work each day in Shepherdsville, and course, Dad hung out until 5:30 or 6, so we would go into his office and, that he would bring home stacks of magazines to do the billing himself. more often than not, I think we napped on his couch.” “He was so down to earth,” Libbye says. Frank Simon is also Frank E. Simon was the oldest son of Alfred J. Simon, who continued remembered as a detail person who knew everyone by name. to participate in the daily operations of the business well into his later “I think his generosity set a tone for how the employees interact with years. Nick says he remembers visiting his grandfather Alfred, who joined each other and work together,” says Libbye. He valued loyalty and was a the company in 1910. “He stopped coming out here in ’69 or ’70, he was man of integrity. In fact, when the company received risqué content from in his ’80s,” Nick recalls. Frank joined his father at the company in 1946, Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Frank refused to produce it. after he’d returned from World War II, where he’d served as a pilot. He created a lasting company atmosphere of working together, Libbye Montgomery, Frank and Elizabeth’s first-born, admires her tightening the belt when need be, and of excellent customer service, father’s business savvy, but credits her mother with the survival of the something his sons picked up from early visits to the plant. company: “He wanted to be a career military pilot, move to San Diego,” Now President and Executive Vice-President of the company, Nick and Libbye says of her father. But Elizabeth didn’t want to leave her mother Michael remember the long rides in their father’s Cadillac, the concrete and the town where she grew up, so he stayed in Kentucky and went to building with a concrete floor, and the odors of ink and chemicals used work for the family business. in the manufacturing processes. Elizabeth was also the entertainer of customers in the 1950s and ‘60s, “They had a bus bring people out here at one time,” Nick says. “And preparing dinner for clients when they were in town and sending country they had a cook here to cook up lunches.” hams at Christmas. But when asked what made the company what it is The sights, sounds, and sense of adventure certainly left an impression >> 15
  11. 11. on Nick and Michael. “But I distinctly recall the people,” Michael says. conduct yourself with the utmost integrity and you treat people fairly “It was always a pleasurable event primarily because the people were and honestly…it still echoes through the halls here. And just following so friendly. It was a small plant compared to what we have today. One the golden rule when it comes to both your employees and your clients; could get around the whole thing pretty easy…you probably knew you treat people like you think they should be treated, like you would everybody at the time.” want to be treated.” Nick agrees that the prosperity of the company has been fostered by The philosophy has served the Simons well in Bullitt County, where the government and the people of Bullitt County. “They just have some the company has thrived and is the largest employer. great people here,” he says. “A lot of the people working for us are third “We’ve been in Bullitt County 50 years, and it’s been great,” generation, their grandparents worked for us in those 50 years [since the Nick says. “We came out here from Louisville in ’58 with about 40 Shepherdsville plant opened].” employees, I believe, and now we have 900 in Shepherdsville and about Libbye said she’s proud of her younger brothers for carrying on 900 in Lebanon Junction. I just think it’s a great place to do business.” the family values, and that Nick’s managerial skills and Michael’s “I remember in the ’70s and early ’80s, my father was competing salesmanship have contributed to the success that Publishers Printing against guys all the same size, other small family businesses. The appreciates today. big printers didn’t get involved in 50,000-run magazines, and now “They should be credited; they were so young taking on that they are. So it’s a little different,” says Nick. “But we’ve established responsibility,” Libbye says. ourselves, we’re big enough to compete, and I feel good about the Michael says he asked his father one time for his secret to success: future. Especially the 10-percent market share. We are the largest family “He said it’s the ten thousand little things you do right. So I don’t know business still in magazine printing, and we feel real good about the that there is one thing or two or three things so much as it’s clearly you future.” 16
  12. 12. Nick Simon with his father, Frank, and mother, Elizabeth, at his graduation from The Simon children: Libbye, Franny, Michael, and Nick. Northwestern University. 17
  13. 13. Nicholas Simon John E. Simon Frank X. Simon Alfred J. Simon Frank E. Simon President 1866-1880 President 1880-1914 President 1914-1925 President 1925-1954 President 1954-1990 18
  14. 14. Company History The story of Publishers Printing Company is one that spans more than We can go back even further to 1846 when Nicholas Simon began 140 years, with seven family members who all took lead from the ones his voyage to America from his native Germany; a voyage that took over who came before them. two months to complete by boat. I guess you could say the company When Nicholas Simon returned from war in 1866, he felt the need really started here. By a man with a vision, with a drive, and with the for a more challenging trade than his previous job as a cobbler. So forethought to pass on those traits to the ones who followed. he purchased an interest in a newly formed German newspaper in For over 90 years the company remained in Louisville, with the Louisville, Ky., known as “The Printing Rooms of Nicholas Simon”. second- and third-generation Simon families continuing what each one This is how the story of Publishers Printing Company first begins. prior had established. Within those 90 years, the company succeeded >> 19
  15. 15. while many others failed. When it was founded in 1866, there were only the building was located on First and Chestnut Streets in downtown 36 states in the country. It survived wars, The Great Depression, floods, Louisville. This time, however, the man in charge was someone whose and bank holidays. character, vision, and drive helped the company emerge as it never had Each generation left its own mark of history on the company. Second- before. Frank began shifting the focus more on national magazines and generation owners John E. and Frank X. changed the name to The away from commercial printing. When the company was forced to move Glaubensbote Publishing Company, and built an ice plant in Louisville. locations in the late ’50s, Frank saw potential in a small farming town in Third-generation owner Alfred J. had the name changed to Publishers Shepherdsville, Ky., and knew the people of this small town could help Printing Company, and drew the company logo that is still used today. bring success to his business. The fourth generation begins much like the ones before it. Frank Now in its fifth generation, the story of Publishers Printing may have E. Simon was born in 1922 and joined the company in 1946 when started more than a century ago, but it’s far from over. 20
  16. 16. “The family, the tradition, is really important to me. Our blood line in printing means a lot.” -Nick Simon Printing Impressions Magazine September 2003 Nicholas X. Simon Michael J.Simon President 1990-Present Executive Vice-President 1990-Present 21
  17. 17. Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky Home of Publishers Printing Company 1923-1958 22
  18. 18. Fifties & Sixties During the 1950s and 1960s, the company had just begun operations in its new Shepherdsville facility. With seven magazines on the scheduling board, Publishers Printing Company was starting its 50-year journey to what is now a very successful printing operation. Although the flood wreaked havoc on the city, Publishers Printing was unaffected and continued to grow. Within the first decade a building addition to the plant was completed, and several equipment purchases were made as well. When Alfred J. Simon retired in 1969, the transition from letterpress to sheetfed offset had begun. 23
  19. 19. 1958 Publishers Printing Company opened its doors for business at the new 33,000 square foot Shepherdsville location. There were nearly 50 employees, seven monthly magazine customers, and annual sales of about $300,000. 24
  20. 20. Construction of the new Shepherdsville plant, 1958. 25
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  23. 23. “I expect no tax concessions, nor moratorium, nor special treatment for our firm. We intend to share our portion of the local tax responsibilities and help local groups to improve our new home community.” -Frank E. Simon May 1957 28
  24. 24. The new Shepherdsville plant, 1958. 29
  25. 25. Publishers Printing Employee Picnic, 1960. 30
  26. 26. 1960 Frank E. Simon’s first and only attempt at book publishing was 1960’s The Conscience of a Conservative. Barry Goldwater was a U.S. Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate in 1964, and Frank produced the book under the name Victor Publishing Company. Typesetting Department 31
  27. 27. 1961 A flood in the city forced employees to park outside town and walk the railroad tracks to work. Magazines were put into sacks and taken by boat to the I-65 exit where they met post office trucks. 32
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  32. 32. 1961 Frank traveled all over in his plane to visit customers and prospects. Because he was consistently bringing in new business, he created Publishers Press, the sales and marketing arm of Publishers Printing Company. 37
  33. 33. 1965 1966 1969 A building addition Equipment additions Alfred J. retired. of 15,000 square included a Friden tape feet was made. editor, a Meihle two-color, Publishers Printing Company began the transition from letterpress to sheetfed offset. sheetfed offset press, an Elektron Mixer linotype The first duplicator offset press used to backup furnished inserts was purchased. machine, a Baumfolder, Most inserts were on a heavy enamel paper stock, so the customers wanted to print and a Polar cutting four-color pages on that stock. The duplicator presses printed only one color at a machine. time, so the four-color pages went through the press four times. 38
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  35. 35. Tradition When customs and beliefs are passed on from generation to generation, traditions are established. The customs, values, and beliefs that began at Publishers Printing Company over 140 years ago have been passed on as tradition today. From nearly 50 employees in 1958 to over 1,800 today, the fifth-generation company has thrived by building a reputation based around family values, hard work, and continued tradition. 40
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  37. 37. Seventies Publishers Printing was well on its way to becoming a success. In 1971, Publishers established a managers goal-setting program which was the start of real progress in professional management for the company. During this time the last letterpress form was printed, and the first web press was purchased. More obstacles found their way to Publishers in the ’70s. The train wreck in 1977 demolished a new four-color web press, presenting yet another stumbling block for the company. For five months, presses were leased from Gateway and Gibbs-Inman, while press crews, paper, plates, and signature pickup were scheduled for three pressrooms. 42
  38. 38. 1971 Publishers printed the last letterpress form. Frank bought the first web press: a Hess & Barker. Wayne Brown was the only employee at that time who had experience running web presses. A managers goal-setting program was started. Every afternoon at 4, all managers met to discuss their long- and short-range goals. 43
  39. 39. 1972 1973 The company bought Publishers Printing the Computer Graphics Company installed its typesetting operation. first heatset web. 44
  40. 40. “It’s been a great place to work and make a living for my family. It’s been consistently dependable. I’ve been here practically my whole life.” -Wayne Brown Pressroom Special Operations Manager 45
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  42. 42. “This group picture was taken at the Executive Inn near the Kentucky Fair and Exposition center in May 1974. It was the first Master Printers of America awards banquet that I took part in. Today, only four of us are still employeed here at Publishers Printing: Ronnie Adams, Wayne Brown, Ronnie Adkins, and me. The remainders of the group have left the company, retired, or are deceased.” -Larry Blanton Manager of Research & Auditing, and Quality Control Standing (left to right): Harold Taylor, Jerry Bennington, Joe Gast, Ron Adams, Larry Blanton, Tracy Dunn, Herb Cook, Wayne Brown, Sonny Jackson, Jim Robinson, Eddie Bryant, Ron Adkins, [Unidentified], Freddy Wells. Seated (left to right): [Unidentified], Joanne Hatfield, Mona Jones, [Unidentified], Marcella Phelps, Carol Hatfield, Eva Whittle, Barb Crume, Billy Young, Frank Simon. 47
  43. 43. Adversity Before Frank E. Simon made the decision to relocate to Shepherdsville, pressroom suffered a couple of back-to-back blows in the following years. he spoke with leaders in the community and studied old newspaper In 1976 it was damaged by fire, and the year after that was devastated by copies of the town to make sure the building would be on high ground a train that came through the building and demolished a new four-color in the event of a flood. His foresight and intuition are commendable. Just web press. During that time the company leased press times from two three years after the move, a flood left the city of Shepherdsville under other companies and scheduled press forms, paper stock, and work crews water. Publishers, however, remained high and dry. To keep production in order to get work completed. slowdown to a minimum, employees came to work by boat, and some Floods, train wrecks, fires, and snow storms have all made appearances even walked the railroad tracks. Magazines were put into sacks and taken at Publishers Printing Company, sometimes more than once. Somehow by boat to the I-65 exit, where they met post office trucks. through it all, business proceeded, work was completed, and the Of course, there were some adversities no one would anticipate. The company continued to flourish. 48
  44. 44. “I didn’t see it coming through the building, but I heard it. I thought it was an earthquake.” -Ron Lee Vice President of Pressroom Operations 1976 1977 Fire in pressroom. Train wreck demolished a new four-color web press. 49
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  46. 46. Eighties Nick and Michael Simon joined Publishers Printing in the ’80s, and this marked a time of substantial growth for the company. “We probably started the eighties doing $20 million in sales and we finished them doing maybe $90 million. It was a great decade for us,” recalls Nick Simon. Many of the traditions that are still practiced today got their start in the 1980s. With 123 magazines in production, third shift had begun. The additional days bonus pay program was established, and pages were now being logged in on the computer. The new Publishers Press logo was created, symbolizing five generations of family ownership. The Blood-Horse account was also secured, marking a major turning point for the company. 51
  47. 47. Paul Capito with the first third-shift management crew. 1980 The company started a third shift, and was printing about 123 magazines at that time. 52
  48. 48. 1981 1982 Nicholas X. son of Michael J. son of Frank E., joined the Frank E., joined company. the company. 53
  49. 49. “The eighties were a really good growth period. We probably started the eighties doing $20 million in sales and we finished them doing maybe $90 million. It was a great decade for us.” -Nick Simon President 54
  50. 50. 1983 1984 1985 1986 Publishers Printing The company was the first Publishers Printing obtained After a survey found that most was the first major printer in the country to the contract to print Interview customers knew of the company as printer to install install the UV Coating Magazine, owned by Andy Publishers Press, a logo was created the Perreta Color system on a cover press. Warhol. Every printer in the containing five Ps, one representing Register system. Customers were so country was after this account. each generation of family ownership. impressed with the gloss Started logging pages that it became a major The Commercial Division was Publishers Printing began printing The on the computer. selling point. built. Blood-Horse Magazine. 55
  51. 51. Growth When the construction of Interstate 65 pushed Publishers out of its “That’s a pretty remarkable stretch if you consider that we were downtown Louisville location, plans to relocate were inevitable. Within basically a trade publication printer 20 years ago,” says Michael Simon of just eight years of the move, a 15,000 square foot addition was already the company’s growth and development. underway at the Shepherdsville plant. That was the first of many more Now, Publishers Printing Company services 10 percent of the market, to come. From additions to expansions, numerous upgrades have taken printing nearly 1,400 publications, and producing a total print count of place over the years. about 425 million each year. Nick Simon recalls plans for the Lebanon Junction plant: “When we When asked what the next 50 years hold for the company, Michael started planning our second plant in 1989, we wanted to stay in Bullitt Simon says: “I perceive that we will maintain our edge in technology and County because we’ve had such good luck here. It’s worked out great.” in service that will allow us to continue to be a viable entity in the print “Even Shepherdsville grew from a basic farming community to the publication marketplace and actually extend our services beyond print successful city it is today,” recalls Jim Haberman. where applicable, where appropriate, where advantageous to us and our The company’s services have grown as well, keeping up with technology client base.” and staying on the forefront of change. 56
  52. 52. “The Blood-Horse altered our perspective on what our own capabilites were, it put us on a little bit higher level...to become a bigger printer in the marketplace…” -Michael J. Simon Executive Vice President Dan Weber (top) was the first CSR for The Blood-Horse magazine. Pictured at bottom is Michael Simon with Stacy Bearse, publisher of The Blood-Horse, and his wife, Nancy. 57
  53. 53. 1987 1988 Frank, Nick, and Michael Michael J. was issued a Simon visited Fuji patent for his openface, operations in Japan with pin register, blueline several employees. At one frame. time, Publishers Printing was the largest customer of the film and plate producer. 58
  54. 54. “I’ve been able to venture outside of this country and represent the people of Publishers Printing, and I do so humbly and proudly. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s very rewarding.” -Michael J. Simon Executive Vice President 59
  55. 55. Nineties As the 1980s came to a close, no one could have predicted what the next decade would hold for the company. The ’90s were just getting underway when Frank Simon passed away. Nick was appointed President, and Michael was named Executive Vice President. “We’re kind of pushing the ball forward that he created,” says Michael. As the early ’90s continued, sales grew to just under $100 million. The Lebanon Junction plant opened for busi- ness, and the company made history by producing a magazine using a complete computer-to-plate process. By the end of the ’90s, distribution improvements were being made, as Publishers Printing established the first USPS- approved co-palletization program for short-to medium-run magazines. 60
  56. 56. 1990 Plans were drawn for a second plant in Lebanon Junction, Ky. Frank E. passed away. Nick was named president, while Michael became Executive Vice President. Frank E. Simon was inducted into the 1990 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame. 61
  57. 57. Frank E. Simon 1922-1990 62
  58. 58. “I loved that man, he was fair to me. If you took care of him, he took care of you.” -Joe Bernzweig The only remaining Publishers Printing employee from the original Louisville plant, on his admiration for Frank E. Simon 63
  59. 59. “I know a lot of people have said it, but I believe Frank was fair, firm, and friendly. He was a very fair man with all the employees, he was very firm with his managers, and, I believe, he was very friendly with everyone.” -Joe Gast former Pressroom Manager 64
  60. 60. “He was a super man, he was like a father to me.” 1990 The Shepherdsville City Council renamed Beech Street, Frank E. Simon Avenue, in -Orville Crigler appreciation and recognition of the man 45-year employee the Council felt was the most supportive to the surrounding community. 65
  61. 61. 1990 1991 A three-story addition at the Operations began at the 120,000 square foot Lebanon Junction Shepherdsville plant was completed. plant. Construction began in Shepherdsville for a 19,000 square foot Shipping and Bindery addition. Shepherdsville plant was closed down for three days due to a train derailment. Operations continued in Lebanon Junction. 66
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  63. 63. 1994 The company makes history with its production of Sports Car International, the first magazine to ever be printed with a complete CTP process. 68
  64. 64. 1997 Publishers Printing established the first USPS-approved co- palletization program for short-to medium-run magazines. 69
  65. 65. Community By definition, generosity is a readiness to give more of something than the company by writing: “One industry in Shepherdsville that deserves is strictly necessary or expected. Over the course of 50 years, the Simons recognition is the Publishers Printing Company. While serving Kentucky have taken that meaning to a higher level. From the police department, and the nation for more than 100 years by printing fine quality to the local schools, Publishers Printing Company is always willing to magazines, the company still provides Shepherdsville and all of Bullitt give back. “The Simons are very caring and no other companies here are County with many economic benefits. We are proud to have such a fine like that. They’re involved with any and all things in the community,” quality industry in Bullitt County.” Tom Kelly says. As the largest employer in Bullitt County, Publishers has Employees do their part as well, heading up fund raising events for had a big impact on the growth in the community. organizations such as March of Dimes and Relay for Life, organizing Even from the very beginning, the company’s giving spirit has been food drives, tutoring local students, and more. recognized by the community. In 1967, The Pioneer News paid tribute to 70
  66. 66. “Publishers Printing Company contributed in many ways to the city, including equipment to the fire and police departments, the YMCA, and I am sure many other things I am not aware of.” - Jim Haberman former Vice President of Sales 71
  67. 67. Two Thousand & Beyond As a new century began, the company continued its growth in both manufacturing and technology. The distribution capabili- ties continued to advance, and magazines were beginning to appear electronically on computer screens. The company’s growth has been substantial over the last 50 years. “Back then, it was a full monthly cycle to do seven or eight magazines, and now we’re doing seven or eight a shift,” says Nick Simon. Currently the company employs over 1,800 people and prints around 1,400 different publications. 72
  68. 68. 2000 2001 The Postal Drop Shipment Program was A 48,000 square foot warehouse was initiated, allowing Publishers Printing to completed in Lebanon Junction for the combine and ship magazines from both storage of equipment and maintenance plants to several postal facilities across the parts. country. The Gutenberg 3/4 scale replica was built by The Lebanon Junction Training Center was Lee Thomas, Jim Beach, Joe Thomas, Henry completed, enabling on-site training at both Hume, and others from the maintenance facilities. department. It was presented to the Simon family at the 25-Year Anniversary Luncheon. 73
  69. 69. 2002 The Lebanon Junction Plant purchased and installed two MAN Roland 4-unit presses. Michael J. Simon was inducted into the 2002 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame. 74
  70. 70. “We came here from Louisville with about 40 employees. Now we have 900 in Shepherdsville and 900 in Lebanon Junction. I’m feeling good about the future.” - Nick Simon 2003 2004 2005 Nicholas X. Simon was The third MAN Roland press The company installed its first co-mailer, which would allow customers to inducted into the 2003 was ordered to be placed into offset current and future postal increases. Printing Impressions/RIT service the following year. Printing Industry Hall of Publishers Printing became the seventh largest publication printer in Fame. North America. 75
  71. 71. 2006 The combination of co-mailing, co-palletization, and drop shipping make up the PubXpress distribution system at Publishers Printing, the first of its kind in this market. The drop shipping program was expanded to achieve destination entry at 173 postal entry points. The Publishers Press logo was redesigned to look more like a printing press, while incorporating the Ps representing each generation of family ownership. e-PubXpress was created and our first online magazine customer went live. 76
  72. 72. 2007 2008 Publishers Printing adds tabloids and polywrapped magazines to its co- Publishers Printing began co-mailing Standard-class magazines. mail capabilities and expands to 190 USPS entry points. Construction in Shepherdsville began on a three-story addition to the In October, Publishers Printing sets a record for highest monthly bindery and shipping operations. revenue, with sales of $22.65 million. Present: 1,800 employees; Shepherdsville — 340,000 square feet; LJ — 700,000 square feet. 77
  73. 73. Employees Whenever Frank E. Simon was asked why he decided to move to Shepherdsville, his response was always, “Because I like the people.” His vision for what the people of Bullitt County would provide to Publishers Printing Company was an accurate one. Employees contributed to his vision of growth and prosperity by providing the skills, ingenuity, and forethought that aided the company in achieving its success. From building and repairing equipment, to embracing ever-changing technical advances, the growth, prosperity, and success is a direct result of the dedicated employees who committed their time to develop innovations, produce a better product, and discover a better way of doing things. 78
  74. 74. “It was a small plant back then compared to what we have today. You probably knew everybody at the time. From Eva Whittle at the reception desk to Bea Noe back in shipping... Very gracious, friendly, and hospitable people that Bea Noe obviously cared about their jobs. They cared about the company and that came through in their efforts, and in their loyalty and dedication to their jobs.” -Michael Simon Eva Whittle 79
  75. 75. Joe Gast Larry Blanton and Tracy Dunn 80
  76. 76. Tony Whelan, Ken Mouser, and Al Hutton Karl Gearhart 81
  77. 77. “Bullitt County has been an awful good home for us. The people in Bullitt County are our type of people.” Joanne Hatfield and Nick Simon Tom Kelly -Frank E. Simon 82
  78. 78. Jerry Bennington and Tom Kelly, Jr. Joe Thomas and Michael Simon Allen Dry 83
  79. 79. Walt Diersing and Jim Haberman Barb Crume and husband, Chuck Linda Edelen 84
  80. 80. Mark Veatch Ron Lee Tim Haley and Bobby Miller 85
  81. 81. Joe Gast and Jimmy Perkins Carol Hatfield and Michael Simon Karen Kerman and Ed Wells 86
  82. 82. “Bullitt County has some great people. A lot of people working for us are third generation, their grandparents worked for us in those 50 years.” Clara Myers and Carl Thomas -Nick Simon Joe Bernzweig 87
  83. 83. Joe Sweeney Mike Humphrey and Gayle Henson Jim Anderson 88
  84. 84. Marion “Sarge” Thomas Susie Fields Richie Browner and Keith Tucker 89
  85. 85. Becky Ashbaugh Carol Sherrard and Ron Pugh Jerry Johnson and Dan Weber 90
  86. 86. Joe B. and Bill Gumm Mary Royalty, Helen Hill, Monica Hayes, Linda Edelen, Judy Milsap Denise Ison 91
  87. 87. Connie Bradley, Lori Hourigan, Anna Sohm, Amanda Glass, Debbie Bass, Susan Mock Steve Kirtley Carol Hatfield and Norma Young 92
  88. 88. Doris Hensley, Lil Myers, Mark Oliver, Angel Yates Kenny Johnson Vernon and Juanita Dillander 93
  89. 89. Barry Woods Hazel Adkins Tom Plemmons, Terry Maddox, Brian Bleemel, Dianne Roberts 94
  90. 90. Forest Timberlake Rick Pruitt, Mike Spurlock, Jimmy Terrell Susan Adkins and Carl Logsdon 95
  91. 91. Sharon Walls Tom Wheeler, Rudy Settles, Dan Weber Katie Trunnell, Darlene Morrison, Helen Hill 96
  92. 92. Dan Millsap and Joe Luckett Joe Thomas and Elizabeth Simon-Thomas Michael Simon and Walt Rice 97
  93. 93. Roger Anderson, Jr., Lisa and Bill Moore, Roger Anderson, Sr. Kelly Reesor and Joe Ryan Tim Sanders 98
  94. 94. Don Bryant Barb Shepherd, Linda Edelen, Clara Myers, Helen Hill Orville Crigler 99
  95. 95. Dave Russo, Gigi DeWeese, Darryl Wiggins, Bryan Bullock, Dan Weber Jim Haberman, Paul Capito, Kenny Mouser, Joe Gast 100
  96. 96. “Publishers Printing Company is a collection of individuals. The work ethic, dedication, loyalty, enthusiasm for the job is clearly what separates us from the competitors and what makes us who we are today.” -Michael Simon 101
  97. 97. The Shepherdsville plant, 2008. 102
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