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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thanks for the Boom Times

Back in December 1980, I founded Plum Grove Printers with one printing press and my own two hands to work it. 26 years later (some of them pretty lean times), we're growing at an explosive rate and I thank you -- my friends and clients -- for your continuing trust in our quality printing products and services.

From New Production Facility to New Personnel -- A Growth that Goes Deep

In 2006, we grew by over 12% from 2005, and so far in 2007 we've increased our Chicagoland business 28% (!) and 14% overall over our 2006 numbers. It's a growth that touches every part of our operations and is keeping us very busy.

Plum Grove Printers has been adding staff and production space to keep up with demand -- we doubled our sales personnel in 2006, as well as increasing full-time customer service, production, and information technology staff. We plan to break ground on a new 15,000 sq. foot production facility in late-2007, more than doubling our Hoffman Estates campus to 24,600 sq. feet.

How do We Hack it in an Age of Cheap-O Copy Stores?

We are a marketing-oriented printer and understand the importance of quality, consistency, and fair prices to you. The majority of our staff has been with us for over 10 years, so we know how to dependably provide printing that's on time and right. We have a world-class design staff, and a personable, service-oriented ethos.

There are more important things than printing, though, and responsible citizenship is our prerogative. This year we formally instituted a 'green-friendly' program to make us one of America's most environmentally-friendly printers, and we continue to discount printing for religious organizations and charities. Currently we are aiding the Little City Foundation with its book drive; drop your old books at our office, with our drivers, or at the other locations listed here.

The Amazon.com of Printing & Direct Mail

In 2006, we diversified our products to offer advertising specialties, increased direct mail, and, most substantially, new web resources that will be the future of the firm.

We want to change the way people buy their printing, to give them the convenience and control of online purchasing. With www.PeterThePrinter.net, and the dozens of custom printing and marketing products we already offer online, we want to become the Amazon.com of printing & direct mail. We hope to enjoy the growth of Plum Grove Printers long into the future.

Thank you for making it all possible, for bringing me a long way from that cold evening in 1980.

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