June 30, 2006
Leading Development in the New West:
PrintingForLess.com's Grand Opening Brings
Leaders Together to Focus on Growth
Livingston, Montana - June 30,2006. PrintingForLess.com, the first and largest online commercial printer in the United States, knows a few things about the challenges of building a growing company in a small, Western community. Today, the successful Montana-based company welcomed nearly 500 people to its brand new facility to focus on the challenges and opportunities in developing a stronger economy statewide.
PrintingForLess.com's Grand Opening event drew a diverse gathering of area business owners, community leaders and local guests for tours, forum discussions and a catered lunch at the new 46,500 square-foot facility at the edge of Livingston, best known as the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The event highlighted not only the completion of the largest commercial facility in the county since the town's railroad boom days, but also the need for ongoing collaborative efforts to improve Montana's economic landscape.
"Economic development is so vital to this state," said Senator Conrad Burns. "Brainstorming opportunities such as this Grand Opening are important in helping everyone to think outside of the box, as PrintingForLess.com has done, to find innovative ways to create quality new jobs."
Burns was a panelist on a forum on Economic Development along with Chief Montana Business Development Officer Evan Barrett, Greg Gianforte of RightNow Technologies, Justin Bigart of Sage Salon Living who co-founded the Montana Jobs Network, and Russ Fletcher of the Montana Associated Technology Roundtables.
PrintingForLess.com's expansion into its new manufacturing and office facility makes room for continued job creation at what is Park County's largest for-profit employer with 145 employees. The company plans to hire at least 40 additional people this year.
PFL's growing pains in the area of leadership development in recent years prompted the focus on this crucial topic at the Grand Opening's afternoon forum. The company's CEO and founder, Andrew Field, moderated the forum on leadership development and the challenges of leading an organization in the midst of rapid growth. The distinguished panel of business and academic leaders shared their perspectives on how to develop the people and mindset for effective leadership.
"A key factor in successfully leading and building an organization is how well you develop the culture," said Dr. Richard Semenik, Dean of the College of Business at Montana State University. "A culture of commitment and shared sense of purpose is often the critical ingredient when you have limited resources in a growing enterprise."
Many of the features of PFL's new state-of-the art facility were designed around the company's team-based culture and goal of becoming "America's Print Shop®
," the first national brand in commercial printing. The company also designed it to be a healthful, inspiring space for employees. The environmentally-friendly building is both highly energy-efficient and built for employee comfort with features such as radiant floor heating, a humidification system and sound absorption through a recycled product called tectum, made from Aspen trees.
Guests at today's Grand Opening event who toured the facility were taken aback by its spaciousness and the view from a wall of windows looking out at the Absaroka Mountains in Paradise Valley. The beautiful scenery and clean, high-tech environment was a backdrop to the circuitry of interactions among those in attendance.
"Our celebration today provided a rare opportunity for our fellow businesses and community members to network together and gain insights from knowledgeable leaders," said Andrew Field, CEO and President of PrintingForLess.com. "We have learned so much from our friends and community over the years, it was nice to be able to give back."
PrintingForLess.com is the first and leading online commercial printing company with more than 60,000 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.