October 21, 2016 | last updated October 21, 2016 5:16 pm
2016 Connecticut Family Business Awards: 3rd Place Winner

Allied Printing Services Inc.

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Some Allied employees are shown posing for a photo to celebrate a new partnership.

Town: Manchester

Industry: Printing

Year Founded: 1949

Generation running company: Third

Number of Full-Time Employees: 312

Number of Part-Time Employees: 1

Family Members currently employed: John Sommers Jr., CEO and President; Bette Sommers VP of Administration, John's grandmother.

Company website: http://www.alliedprinting.com/

Q&A

What are your most significant accomplishments in the last year?

Investment back into the company through new equipment purchases:

• Installation of two high-efficient Komori Web Presses

• Installation of two Muller Martini Saddle Stitchers, equipped for inside/outside mailing capabilities and selective binding

• Replaced our entire fleet of Canon Digital Printers with Model 10,000's; the newest and most advanced Canon Digital Printers

• KBA Rapida 106 6 C UV Double Coater Press (Sheetfed)

• Bobst Pocket Folder/Gluer

• Horizon Folder/Creaser, Perfect Binder and Cutter

• Bobst Novacut Diecutter

• Autobond Film Laminator

• Imposition Software

We also hosted our ninth annual charitable golf tournament (230-plus golfers and guests in attendance) resulting in $23,000 in donations to each of our four local charities. We also created the Allied employee activity committee (internal and external activities) and Allied wellness committee to promote the health of our employees. We also experienced double-digit growth leading to job creation and increased employment opportunities.

What is the biggest challenge to your business in the coming year?

Our biggest challenge is developing creative ways to improve efficiencies while reducing our cost structure thereby strengthening our customers overall experience and continuing to deliver the highest-quality product.

What is the one family value you want passed onto each generation in your business?

Integrity.

Allied Printing is committed to providing exceptional customer service by doing whatever is needed to satisfy our customer's requirements and stand 100 percent behind the products we create. We pride ourselves on being honest and upfront to our customers about what we can provide and when. Everything we do, from the inception of a project to placing that completed project in our customer's hands is done with the utmost integrity.

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