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Livingston Montana Featured Employer
By Skip Shiver
From humble beginnings. Express Color Printing
is now the model of success for businesses in Livingston.
Located on the comer of B and Geyser Streets, this
business is barely 3 years old and its growth curve is nothing less than impressive. Owner Andrew Field brings over
23 years of experience in the printing industry to Express
Color and he attributes his company's success to solid business strategies.
Strategies such as:
- picking a niche inside a niche
- reaching out with the Internet and not being satisfied with your first try
- coming up with fresh ideas and then other fresh ideas
- doing more outreach beyond the Internet
- offering good wages and keeping employees motivated
- and not battening down the hatches too tightly by being flexible.
How successful are their strategies? In their first year alone, the company experienced a 40% increase in growth.
The second year the company again experienced a 40% growth increase, and jumped a whopping 70% in the third year.
To keep up with the load, the shop has employed some 17+ workers and
is in production 20 hours a day. With better than average wages,
profit sharing plans and other incentives in place. Field says that
his company enjoys empowered workers who think like the
owner. The workplace breathes, even giggles. Wisecracks and
laughter frequently relieve the stress of this fast paced, high-energy production environment.
Field says, "the trick is to live here... and figure out
how to get the outside money in here." As a result of the Internet
as one example of outreach. Express Color brings in print jobs
from customers coast to coast and internationally as well. The
site at www.printingforless.com is extremely customer friendly
and according to Field, provides services and features not found
anywhere else in the printing industry such as real time computation of print job costs and the convenience for a customer to
send their print job online in popular layman's file formats.
As a result of good business strategies, better compensation and accommodating atmosphere. Express Color attracts
and keeps high-quality staffers and continues to grow in the
Livingston community as a cutting-edge business. Field sums
things up by saying, "You don't want to wake up in the morning
and hate going to work. This is more than a drone job. Happy
people who get to make their own decisions and work in a flexible environment are going to produce better work for the customers. It's better for everybody."
With winning strategies and continued upward growth
trends. Express Color may at some time in the not so distant future, come to place in the ranks as one of Park County's top employers.