Whether it’s a printed dot or a pixel, both were produced to tell a story. As we step back we begin to understand their purpose. We start to see how each combine together in a collaborative effort to reveal an even bigger message. 

How that message is created and delivered is equally impressive.  It’s not just a dot or a pixel. it’s a collaborative effort of skilled indivduals doing what they do best...and we’re recruiting. PIEF.

Becky O’Neill

Design

Elizabeth Coherd
Prepress

Robert David Meister
Press Operator

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Q: Your job title and company.  How long have you worked there? 

Becky O’Neill: Graphic Designer at Crown Equipment. I have worked there for 2 ½ years.

Q: What are your job duties? 
BO: To handle new requests for operator manuals as well as safety labels. 

Q: What high school did you graduate from? 

What year?
BO: New Bremen High School. 2007


Q: When you were in high school, what were your favorite subjects and activities? 
BO: I always enjoyed art class as well as being part of the yearbook club. Basically anywhere where I could be creative.

Q: What first got you interested in working in the print industry?
BO: I became very interested in the print industry from my curiosity in custom invitations.


Q: How did you decide on your career path?
BO: Being part of yearbook club, really interested me in graphic design and drove me to pursue that.

Q: How did you prepare for your position?  Did you go to college/technical school or take any special classes or participate in on-the-job training? 

BO: I went to Bowling Green State University and majored in Graphic Design. Over the course of two summers, I interned at a printing facility as well as a small graphic design shop.

Q: What do you like best about your work? 
BO: The variety of work I get to do. 

Q: What is a typical workday like? 
BO: A typical day consists of taking care of artwork requests that we have received. I will have to review the information that was given to me and either produce artwork, or update existing.


Q: What’s the most interesting part of your job? 
BO: Constantly learning new things about the lift truck industry everyday.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job? 
BO: Working with multiple different groups to produce something very simple and making sure we are following the correct standards.

 Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? 
BO: Being able to see your work on the real product.


Q: Where do you see your career taking you in 5 years? 
BO: I’m not for sure at this time. Hopefully, to be more experienced as well as more knowledgeable about the industry.

Q: What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about a career in the print industry? 
BO: Always keep your head up and be open to learn. 

Q: Your job title and company.  How long have you worked there? 
Elizabeth Coherd: I am in customer service and preflight, and I have worked at MetroFlex for 1.5 years.   


Q: What are your job duties?
EC: Dealing with customers and the jobs they send in, not the easiest thing in the world when they are expecting miracles. Making sure our customers are happy and have any questions or concerns taken care of. I preflight all files that come in and make sure that we have all of the information we need to complete our job. I am also Quality Control for any proofs going to our customers for approval. 

Q: What high school did you graduate from?  What year?
EC: Springboro High / Warren County Career Center, class of 2007. 

Q: What first got you interested in working in the print industry?
EC: I always loved art and being creative, when I went to the career center it all seemed to come easily to me. I was able to be creative using the graphics side, working on t-shirt designs or recreating labels for some of our class projects.  But I was also able get my hands dirty on the press or plate making side

Q: How did you decide on your career path?
EC: I did an internship / job shadow to prepare myself for the Skills USA competition at Shore to Shore, an offset printing company. I really enjoyed my time there and kept in touch with Chris Abston, head of the prepress department when they offered me a position running the Heidelberg GTO. From there I worked my way into the prepress room. 


Q: How did you prepare for your position?
EC: Did you go to college/technical school or take any special classes or participate in on-the-job training? – All of the above! I went to the Career Center for graphic arts, Sinclair Community College majoring in Visual Communication, but I received most of my knowledge of the printing world, on-the-job. 


Q: What do you like best about your work?
EC: Seeing art that I had a hand in one way or another, on a shelf or on a product. 

Q: What has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?
EC: We have been doing a lot of mock ups lately for one of our customers. We get to recreate the art for food containers and create a mock up for them to present to their customer to sell the product. 


Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
EC: Helping out a customer who is in a time crunch and needing plates or art right away. When we are able to meet or exceed their request. 


Q: Your job title and company.  How long have you worked there?
Robert “David” Meister: Press Assistant at Steinhauser, Inc. for about 1 year.


Q: What are your job duties?
RM: I help with the daily operations of a Comco 10 color Flexographic printing press.


Q: What high school did you graduate from?  What year?
RM: Oak Hills High School, 2008

Q: When you were in high school, what were your favorite subjects and activities?
RM: I enjoyed more art and creative classes that allowed for more hands on learning.

Q: What first got you interested in working in the print industry?
RM: I found the print industry interesting with a wide range of careers I could choose from.


Q: How did you decide on your career path?
RM: I found something I enjoy doing and could see myself gain more knowledge and improve the skills I learned in my schooling.

Q: How did you prepare for your position?  Did you go to college/technical school or take any special classes or participate in on-the-job training?
RM: I went to 3 years at Cincinnati State Technical College then transferred to Eastern Kentucky University to finish out my Bachelors in Graphics Imaging Management. 

Q: What do you like best about your work?
RM: I get to see the image be created right before my eyes as colors are layered to allow us to see the logos and packaging we see in our everyday life.

Q: What is a typical workday like?
RM: I prep the print jobs and work stations for the daily jobs and make sure that job change-overs happen smoothly.

Q: What has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?
RM: Rebranding packaging labels, you get to see the new designs before they get put into stores. 

Q: What’s the most interesting part of your job?
RM: Using what I went to school for on a day-to-day basis.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
RM: You constantly are moving from one job to the next so you are always on your feet. But it helps the days stay unique. 

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
RM: I find the more rewarding part of my job is seeing that final product come off the press and you can see what you just created there and on the shelves of your favorite stores.

Q: What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about a career in the print industry?
RM: My best advice would be to find a part of the industry that you like whether it’s design work or more hands-on production oriented is to find what you enjoy and then educate yourself to help you move along your career path.