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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES All mounters used to be contained in the same room (top) but now, each device has its own area (bottom). understands each plant’s specifi cations which keep plates consistent. “Interface is key,” said Cappas. “We want to answer questions from our customers and vendors, because we want to be their best source for information.” REWARDING A SAFE OPERATION The company continues to grow its resume, not only in impressive plate production, but also in worker safety. United Engravers has been rewarded with the Platinum Safety Award every year since 2004. The award is presented by the Ohio Casualty Group in recognition of employee safety performance. Only the top 4 percent of all companies nationwide, in any industry, receive this honor. Not only does the company boast fi ve years of steady staff safety, but it will receive another worker safety-related award this year: 1,000,000 documented hours of safe practices in May. Furthermore, it also displays honors received from its cus- tomers. Multiple accounts have presented the company with Corrugated Printing Plate Supplier of the Year award. This award is given to printing plate suppliers who excel not only in product performance, but also in customer service. United expects the future of printing plates to progress, and hopes to maintain its safety record regardless of the manufacturing process. Production, technology, and equipment procedures will evolve in time but the end result will remain consistent. “Larger scale projects are the future,” said Newberry. Additionally, the company expects the digital trend to keep growing within the next two-three years. FUTURE FORECASTS Despite the current economic situation within the country and the industry, United Engravers remains assured that there are still reasons to operate business as usual. “We’ll continue to push forward,” said Cappas. “It’s important to enforce the same values—teamwork, consistency and improvement—for growth to occur.” Its employees play a vital part in the growth of the company, and continued positive feedback from customers mirrors the successful image that United Engravers practices. Part of the company’s mission statement reads that “No exceptions or compromises to constancy of quality will be tolerated, at anyone’s request, at any time.” Simply put, failure is not an option. ■ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachael Young is account manager for United Engravers Inc. 50 FLEXO MAY 2009 www. f le xography. org