June 27, 2006
PrintingForLess.com a Poster Child for Economic Development
Grand Opening promotes community collaboration
to grow Montana's economy
Livingston, Montana - June 27,2006. PrintingForLess.com, the first and largest online commercial printer in the U.S., is hosting a unique Grand Opening this week to celebrate its expansion into its brand new facility. Hundreds of business leaders and public official from across the Northern Rockies will come together on Friday June 30th for panel discussions and networking on how to effectively grow the economy and leaders in the region.
"We didn't want a trite ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate such an important milestone of our growth and the environmentally-friendly forward progress of Montana," said Andrew Field, Founder and CEO of PrintingForLess.com. "We wanted to do something that would make a real difference."
The company is using the occasion to educate and collaborate with the larger community on the challenges and opportunities for development throughout the state. More than 300 area business owners, community leaders and customers are expected to attend the company's Grand Opening Celebration this Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The highlight of the event will be two forums where panelists will share their insights on economic and leadership development. Guests will also be treated to a catered lunch and guided tours of the new state-of-the-art facility.
"We've gone through some serious growing pains," said Field, who had been running his business at an old creamery building at the center of town for the last ten years. "If we can help other Western businesses learn from our experience and learn from theirs, we'll all become stronger in the end."
PFL's expansion into its new manufacturing and office facility makes room for continued job creation at what is Park County's largest private for-profit employer with 145 employees. The company plans to hire 40 additional people this year to meet its revenue projections for 2007.
"PrintingForLess has shown its commitment to the community of Livingston and the economy of Montana by investing in a wonderful new facility that will provide room for additional growth and more good paying jobs," said U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont), a long-time proponent for developing Montana's economy through better jobs.
PrintingForLess has been recognized as a progressive company that invests heavily in training and technology to enable its award-winning customer service and leading edge e-commerce and workflow systems. More than 23 miles of data cable make up the computer's network, believed to be the fastest in the state. The three-year project to build the new facility spurred growing pains for the company and the community by stretching their capacity to provide the infrastructure and financing to build the largest commercial facility since the town's railroad boom days.
The new building demonstrates the company's commitment to the health of the environment and its employees by being highly energy-efficient and by incorporating features such as a humidification system, radiant floor heat and a spacious, open floor plan with plenty of natural sunlight. PFL also used "green" materials in the building such a recycled aspen product called tectum for sound absorption. The building is built into a hill to both preserve the viewscape of the surrounding mountains and the nearby wetlands, as well as to increase energy efficiency.
The new 46,500 square foot facility officially opened for business on June 5th after a seamlessly executed move across town, with virtually no down-time for the company's website and closing operations for only a few hours on a Friday afternoon.
PrintingForLess.com is the first and leading online commercial printing company with more than 50,000 small-to-mid sized business customers throughout the United States. Located in Southwest Montana, PrintingForLess.com provides unmatched technical and customer support with instant online pricing and ordering for its full-color marketing materials.
PFL recently won an American Business Award for Best Customer Service Organization in business services. The company's CEO and founder, Andrew Field, was recently named as runner up for Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration and as a Best Boss 2005 by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. See press.html
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