The Publishing Executive Top 20 Magazine Printers 2016

The Top 20 Magazine Printers ranking has returned for the third year since its revival in 2014. The ranking, which lists leading printers in the U.S. and Canada based on revenue earned in the magazine sector, is intended to serve magazine publishers as they assess their printing needs and the landscape of potential printing partners.

Two new printers join this year’s ranking, including Solisco Printers (ranked 10th) and Bartash Printing (ranked 15th). Despite these newcomers, relatively few printers moved in the rankings, compared to last year. The top five printers have held onto their same rank from 2015, and the majority of printers moved one spot in the ranking or maintained the same rank as last year.

Accompany this year’s ranking is special feature package devised by Publishing Executive’s pseudonymous print magazine expert D. Eadward Tree. The feature offers a handy list of 10 tips for sizing up and selecting a printing partner. Dead Tree also explores lessons publishers should take from the digital advertising world and apply to their print magazines, and in a reversal, shares his take on how our collective wisdom about creating print magazines can guide our digital strategies.

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
2016
Rank
2015
Total
Revenue ($M)
Magazine Sector
Revenue ($M)
Magazine Sector
Revenue % (approx.)
Principal Officer Number of
Employees
Quad/Graphics 1 1 4,678.0 795.2 17 Joel Quadracci 22,500
TC Transcontinental Printing 2 2 1,625.0 178.8 11 Francois Olivier 8,000
Publishers Press 3 3 191.0 167.0 87 Michael J. Simon 1,300
Trend Offset Printing 4 4 310.0 155.0 50 Anthony J. Lienau 1,010
The Sheridan Group 5 5 196.5 139.1 71 John A. Saxton 1,050
Walsworth Publishing 6 7 181.3 65.2 36 Don O. Walsworth 1,250
Publication Printers 7 6 92.3 55.3 60 Gary Rosenberg 405
Lane Press 8 9 47.7 47.7 100 Philip M. Drumheller 205
Journal Graphics 9 8 51.9 44.1 85 Philip C. Bridge 172
The Lowe-Martin Group 10 10 100.0 38.0 38 Ward Griffin 560
Solisco Printers 11 N/A 84.0 36.1 43 Alain Jacques 415
Freeport Press 12 13 44.0 33.0 75 David G. Pilcher 145
Creel Printing Company 13 12 130.1 32.5 25 Allan G. Creel 500
St. Joseph Communications 14 11 146.2 27.7 12 Tony Gagliano 1,200
Southwest Offset Printing 15 14 65.0 26.0 40 Ryan McDonald 450
Bartash Printing 16 N/A 39.7 23.8 60 Helene Rubin 250
YGS Group 17 16 40.4 18.1 45 Jim Kell 206
Allen Press 18 19 28.3 15.8 56 Randy Radosevich 242
Modern Litho, Inc. 19 20 29.7 14.8 50 Darla Moore 190
Kappa Graphics 20 17 21.7 13.0 60 Nicholas G. Karabots 172

*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.


Ellen Harvey is a freelance writer and editor who covers the latest technologies and strategies reshaping the publishing landscape. She previously served as the Senior Editor at Publishing Executive and Book Business.


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