The Publishing Executive Top 20 Magazine Printers 2015

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UPDATE: The Top 20 Magazine Printers 2016 ranking is available here.

Due to popular demand, Publishing Executive revived its ranking of the Top 20 Magazine Printers last year. The ranking, which has been one of the most viewed articles on PubExec.com for several years running, is intended to serve magazine publishers as they assess their printing needs and the landscape of potential printing partners.

The Top 20 ranks the leading commercial printers in the U.S. and Canada, based on revenue earned in the magazine sector. There has been some movement in the 2015 ranking, as some new printers have cracked the Top 20, including Kappa Graphics, Hudson Printing, and Modern Litho, Inc. And some are absent, mainly Ovid Bell Press, which was acquired by Walsworth Publishing. The printer that has advanced the furthest in the ranking since last year is Publication Printers, which jumped from 12th in 2014 to 6th in 2015, more than doubling its revenue in the publication sector from $35.2 million in 2014 to $72 million in 2015.

Accompanying this year’s ranking is a two-part feature from print expert and Publishing Executive columnist D. Eadward Tree. To help guide publishers as they rework their print strategies and reevaluate their print relationships, Tree identifies 10 Tough Questions to Ask About Your Magazine and 10 Questions to Ask Your Printer.

Top 20 Magazine Printers
The Top 20 ranks the leading magazine printers in the U.S. and Canada based on revenue generated in the magazine sector.*

Company Name Rank
2015
Rank
2014
Total
Revenue ($M)
Magazine Sector
Revenue ($M)
Magazine Sector
Revenue % (approx.)
Principal Officer Number of
Employees
Quad/Graphics 1 1 4862 826.54 17 Joel Quadracci 25000
TC Transcontinental Printing 2 2 1904.3 247.56 13 Francois Olivier 8500
Publishers Press 3 3 180 172.8 96 Nicholas X. Simon 1400
Trend Offset Printing 4 4 310 155 50 Anthony J. Lienau 1056
The Sheridan Group 5 5 201.41 143 71 John A. Saxton 1076
Publication Printers 6 12 90 72 80 Gary Rosenberg 405
Walsworth Publishing 7 6 175.9 63.32 36 Don O. Walsworth 1250
Journal Graphics 8 7 50.4 42.84 85 Philip C. Bridge 172
Lane Press 9 8 45.5 40.95 90 Philip M. Drumheller 180
Lowe-Martin Group 10 9 92 39.56 43 Ward Griffin 540
St. Joseph Communications 11 10 193.18 36.67 19 Tony Gagliano 1200
Creel Printing Company 12 11 124.7 31.18 25 Allan G. Creel 450
Freeport Press 13 15 39 27.3 70 David G. Pilcher 135
Southwest Offest Printing 14 14 65 26 40 Ryan McDonald 450
Times Printing 15 18 42 16.8 40 Jack Scholler 265
YGS Group 16 19 36.58 16.46 45 Jim Kell 186
Kappa Graphics 17 N/A 20.5 16.4 80 Nicholas G. Karabots 178
Hudson Printing 18 N/A 36 16.2 45 Paul Hudson 200
Allen Press 19 17 28.63 16.03 56 Gerald Lillian 262
Modern Litho, Inc. 20 N/A 27.26 13.63 50 D. Moore, D. Porter, G. Meeker, T. Auffenberg 190

*Financial data was self-reported and compiled by Publishing Executive and its sister publication Printing Impressions. Some notable organizations, such as R.R. Donnelley, do not appear on the ranking because they do not disclose financial information on a per-sector basis.


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