Commercial Printers Continue to Profit from Government Work as Volume Remains Steady

Even in light of volatile primary marketplaces, private sector printers who supply the needs of numerous federal government agencies and departments procured through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) continue to enjoy a positive revenue stream according to figures compiled for the latest Top 50 GPO Suppliers reports.  In preparing the reports the staff of Government Print Management noted interesting trends.

The first three quarters of 2012 were nearly identical to 2011 in terms of total volume procured by the GPO from the private sector.  Volume for the first three quarters of 2012 was $61 million, $83 million and $70 million respectively while the same quarters for 2011 were $61 million, $79 million and $78 million.  “Although short term, this trend shows a relative steadiness in the amount of printing the government is sourcing from the private sector, and supports the idea of GPO work being a sustainable source of revenue” said Deborah Snider, senior vice president of Government Print Management.

Also continued is the longer-term trend of increases in volume between the first and second quarter with a gradual return to average after.  “This similarity, combined with the change from decline to relative stability, is encouraging,” Snider said.  “Changes in government printing caused some worry.  But with advances in green printing and acceptance of newer technologies the potential GPO printing holds for the industry is exciting.”

A look at the broad variety of printers who comprise the Top 50 lists for the second and third quarters of 2012 is encouraging as well.  While those at the very top are naturally larger-scale, printers of all sizes and specialties are benefitting from their efforts.  At the top of the list for the third quarter are:  NPC, Inc. of Claysburg, PA with $7,436,903 in volume, Sourcelink of Miamisburg, OH at $3,441,879, PA Hutchinson of Mayfield, PA at $3,246,815, Cenveo of Stamford, CT at $2,677,454 and Monarch Litho of Montebello, CA at $2,486,650.