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Millcraft Named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2014 FAST 50 Class

 


Millcraft is proud to announce that we have been named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2014 FAST 50 Class.  This award recognizes the 50 fastest-growing privately-held companies in Northeast Ohio for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and growth.

Commenting on the award, Millcraft President Travis Mlakar said, "There is no doubt in my mind that the spirit, business tactics and growth for which we are being recognized are fueled by our employees.  It is truly a testament to all that can be built and accomplished when great individuals are given an opportunity to work and grow together. This award is proof that, despite all the negative messaging about our “declining” industry, we have not been limited by it.  We have been able to find new opportunities, expand, diversify, gain market share, and continue to thrive."

The 2014 FAST 50 Class list will be published in the November 10th issue of Crain’s, but can be viewed in the meantime on Crain's website The awardees will be honored at a reception on November 5th in Cleveland.

 

 

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A Snapshot of PaperClips Issue No. 320, November 20, 2014

Revenues are for Vanity, Profits for Sanity, and Cash is King.
Source:  Travis Mlakar, President, Millcraft/Turning the Page Blog, November 18, 2014

This is perhaps my favorite business saying.  And, it couldn’t be truer.

We aren’t in the business of having large sales volumes.  We are all in the business of making money.  Sometimes, one of the easiest ways to do that is by generating more revenues (revenues are like tides… they lift all ships).   Sometimes, though, more sales lead only to more activity.  If you must add capacity in order to take on more sales, you should be asking yourself, “Am I going to make a return on this investment?” or “How many more customers do I need to make money on this?”...

The reality is we all must find an appropriate level of revenues for our businesses to run and then a way to convert those revenues into profits.  The major problem for our industry, both on the merchant and the mill sides, is not profits however;  it’s the third factor in the revenues-profits-CASH equation.  How much of our profits are we leaving as cash in our businesses?


Mohawk Launches Redesigned Swatchbook Series
Source:  Mohawk, November 17, 2014

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Appleton Coated Releases Inkjet Substrate Reference Guide
Source:  Appleton Coated, November 18, 2014

Appleton Coated has created What Works Where, a comprehensive guide to web inkjet presses and the Appleton Coated substrates that perform on them...


Introducing Techcreative: The Next Key Role in Print Hiring
Source:  Semper International, October 2014

In an article featured in the October issue of the PIA magazine, Semper International President Brian Regan introduces a new employee profile - the Techcreative - who will have the critical, creative skills today's print teams need to drive margin amid new technologies and rapid innovations...

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