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Commercial Printers Grow Revenue 4% to $558.7M

Orange County-based commercial printers brought in $558.7 million in revenue last year, a 3.9% increase over 2012, according to this week’s Business Journal list.

The companies also modestly increased staf-fing levels—a 2.8% jump—for an overall 1,859 employees as of last month.

There was change at the top of the list of 25 companies, but several mergers spurred a shuffle in the lower spots.

• Los Alamitos-based Trend Offset Printing Services Inc. again ranked No. 1 with $275 million in revenue, according to a Business Journal estimate.

The private company employs about 500 in the county and specializes in printing advertising, magazines and government communications, among other things.

It prints about 300 titles and also has divisions in Dallas and Jacksonville, Fla.

• No. 2, Irvine-based Dot Printer Inc., reported a 6.7% revenue increase to $27.2 million. The company has 182 employees, up 4% over 2012.

• OCPC in Irvine, now a division of RR Donnelley Co., moved up six spots to No. 3 after it merged with Anaheim-based Woodridge Press Inc. in March 2013.

“We’re a much stronger force together than we were apart,” Miguel Jacobowitz, OCPC’s chief operations officer, said in a press release announcing the deal.

The company posted $23.7 million in revenue, a 60.1% year-over-year increase. Its staffing levels increased 7.7% to 98 employees.

The merger provided OCPC with “increased financial strength to continue investments in cutting edge manufacturing equipment and service offerings,” the company said.

• Another rankings jump came with the combination of PSB Integrated Marketing and Westamerica Graphics in February 2013, both well-established Orange County printing houses.

The companies consolidated operations under the Westamerica Communications name and now employ more than 100 in Lake Forest. The new entity, which ranked No. 6 on the list, had $20.4 million in revenue last year, an 82.1% increase.

“The print-only business is not keeping the pace with the market, and it’s very difficult to serve the client with such a narrow product line,” said Mark DeBellis, Westamerica Communications’ vice president, marketing and development.

“Our merger has allowed us to provide … traditional manufacturing resources of full-color, high-volume printing, a secure and integrated mailing service and a fully staffed creative services department whose work in both traditional and digital marketing is comparable to any advertising agency. We see our model as the model of the future.”

The company’s clients include Orange County Credit Union, Irvine Ranch Water District, Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Kaiser Permanente in Santa Ana, and St. Joseph Hospital, Orange.

DeBellis defined the deal as a “merger of equals,” although PSB Integrated Marketing grew through acquisitions in recent years, purchasing Casablanca Printing in Santa Ana in 2009, followed by Riverside-based Color Tech Printing and Nationwide Marketing Solutions in 2010.

• Santa Ana-based Foster Printing Co. also moved up on the list, ranking No. 11 with $14.9 million in revenue and 36 employees.

Nine printers reported increases in revenue, and seven had revenue decreases, nine stayed flat, and eight are Business Journal estimates.

• C4 Litho LLC in Santa Ana ranked No. 25 with $2.5 million in revenue, a 37% decrease from 2012. The company also reported a 33% decline in workforce for a total of eight.

• Lester Lithograph Inc. in Anaheim retained the No. 22 spot despite an 18% revenue drop to $3.6 million.

• Apollo Printing & Graphics in Anaheim moved up to No. 16 despite a 12.3% year-over-year revenue decline to $5.7 million. The company maintained the same number of employees: 30.

• Santa Ana-based Westminster Press Inc. reported $3 million in revenue and 40 employees, the same size workforce as 2012. It’s No. 24.

OC commercial printers had a combined sales force of 164, up by eight from 2012.

There were 103 printing presses running here, and companywide printing presses held at 141.

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