A Brief History of NPOA

First, we would like to welcome you to our new website. NPOA seeks to serve the needs of companies, both large and small, by offering printing, copying, mailing, and sign-making services. The benefits of membership in NPOA include access to a variety of key reports, spreadsheets, and studies that provide our members with practical and useful information on profitability, wages, and pricing within our industry. We also sponsor an annual conference where owners can rub shoulders and exchange ideas for growing their business and boosting profits.

Second, if you are not already a member of this association, we encourage you to visit our website and check out some of the services we currently offer. Many are only available in our "members only" section, but you will still get an impression of many of our products and services.

Third, for those of you who are interested in such things, we would like tell you a brief history of our organization and then encourage you to consider joining NPOA.

The National Print Owners Association (NPOA) is the outgrowth of the efforts of an initial group of nineteen dedicated printers (Our Founders), most likely printers just like yourself, who began communicating with each other in August 2012. During the months that followed, this group of fellow printers gathered both formally and informally to voice their growing frustrations regarding the absence of a trade association that could best serve the interests of printers. Those discussions eventually led to the creation of a brand new industry trade association in December 2012: The National Print Owners Association, Inc. (NPOA). NPOA set out to offer a viable alternative to printers (both independents and franchisees) who were, at the time, members of other trade associations, but were dissatisfied with the return on their investment. This new association also sought to attract many other printers who had chosen not to join any association because none appeared willing or able to satisfy their needs as owners of small-to-medium size printing firms. Today, we believe that NPOA offers just that alternative. NPOA has become the fastest growing trade association in the printing industry.

NPOA is dedicated to better meeting and serving the needs and goals of what for many years was referred to as the "Quick Printing" segment of the printing industry. Although the phrase "Quick Printer" was often scorned by many, it also became quickly identified as the fastest, most profitable segment of the printing industry throughout the 1980s and 1990s. While the phrases "Quick Printing" or "Quick Printer" tended to lose favor over time, many printers still embrace the basic principles those phrases were meant to imply: printers who utilized the latest in technologies (then and now) to provide a broad variety of products and services on a fast turn-around basis. These printers tended to be smaller both in annual sales volume and plant size when compared to their larger commercial counterparts, but they excelled in one key area, often overlooked by other trade associations: their ability to consistently produce higher profits and growth rates than those being reported for other segments of the printing industry. These "smaller" printers also appeared to be faster in reacting and adapting to newer technologies, thus helping them maintain their higher levels of profitability.

Some of these firms initially concentrated on offering strictly copying services, while others offered a blend of both copying and offset services. In the early days, copying and offset services were pretty much limited to either B&W copies or one and two-color offset printing. However, as the industry developed, the capabilities of our segment of the industry expanded as well. We can now offer a full range of four-color process products on a variety of offset and digital devices. Many of the printers in our core target membership, especially in recent years, have stretched the boundaries of what we offer by expanding into complementary areas such as mailing services, sign-making and large-format services--ancillary services that promise even greater opportunities for increasing revenue, while maintaining our profitability.

The Founders of NPOA felt something new was needed to meet the current and future needs of small printers. Many of our Founders have served the industry in a variety of capacities, including serving as former presidents and board members of NAQP. Others have served as conference chairpersons, and virtually all have served on various industry advisory groups. It was decided that we needed a new, member-driven association that was dedicated to a better understanding of our industry, offering its members useful programs, one that was more capable of meeting the needs of printers. In short, we needed the kind of drive and desire the original printers had, those who had founded NAQP in the 70s, and we needed to accomplish this with modest and reasonable dues. With the needs clearly identified, and an understanding of our responsibilities to fellow printers, the Founders and Executive Officers of this new organization proudly formed the National Print Owners Association, Inc. (NPOA).

NPOA's goals are simple and straightforward: We have created an association with reasonable dues, modest overhead, and yet one that we believe will be capable of providing specific member-oriented products and services from its very inception. We intend for our services and products to be better than those offered by other associations, but we recognize and accept that you will be the ultimate judge as to whether we have fulfilled these intentions. We encourage you to visit our website to read more about some of the products and services we offer. Once you have done that, we hope you will join the new National Print Owners Association. (NPOA). We look forward to talking with you and listening to some of your ideas and conversations about where our industry is headed, and what it will take to become and remain a viable member of this challenging yet exciting industry.