On January 26, Steinhauser Inc. was presented the 2013 Maxwell Award from the Southern Region Printing Week Council. Each year the council awards a market leader in the printing industry that has demonstrated technical proficiency, continued success, and forward thinking for a minimum of 15 years. In addition, the selected company should contribute to the local community and show exemplary conduct.
Steinhauser was established in 1905, in Cincinnati, OH, USA by Albert Steinhauser. Known then as A. Steinhauser & Son, the company offered lithographic printing, mailing, and copy services. According to the company, Albert instilled integrity into his business practices, developed innovative solutions for his customers, and consistently delivered quality printing. These values have been engrained in every generation of Steinhausers who have led this company in the past century and have secured Steinhauser as a respectable and dependable printer among customers and peers alike.
Through the 60’s and 70’s with Albert’s son, Wilbur, leading the company they began investing in new equipment, including a web press. After two years of experimentation, Wilbur was able to develop technology to print up to four colors on two sides and apply glue strips, scores, and perforations in a single pass. His perseverance to develop this technology set them apart from their competition.
In 1983 Robert Steinhauser, Wilbur’s son, took ownership of the family business, now located in Newport, KY, USA. Following in his father’s footsteps, Robert invested in more equipment and worked with customers and suppliers to develop new innovations in printing. The most notable innovation was becoming the first offset printer to run plastic in-mold sheet-fed labels.
When Tara Steinhauser Halpin and Trevor Steinhauser took ownership of the business as president and vice president, respectively, in 2007 they became the fourth generation of owners but the first multiple-interest owners in Steinhauser history. With over a century of family history firmly established, the sibling team set out to secure the legacy and future of the business in a challenging economy.
In 2008, Tara and Trevor moved forward with their plan to become solely focused on printed packaging products, in doing so they sold their commercial offset business and equipment. Committing to this major strategic plan meant reinventing Steinhauser as they had known it for the past 100 years. This transformation included investing in additional flexographic equipment and an HP Indigo digital web press in 2010.
According to the company, all employees are encouraged to look for ways to contribute and give back to the industry and community. Tara Halpin is involved in the PIA Southern Advisory Council and, along with Trevor, they volunteer their time to The Goering Center for Family and Private Business. Other employees contribute their time to the PIA Continuous Improvement Advisory Board, PIANKO Printing Week, Shingo Prize Board of Examiners, The Newport Citizens Advisory Council, and the American Marketing Association Cincinnati Chapter. Outside of industry contributions, each year the entire Steinhauser staff gets involved in supporting the local Brighton Center and the Newport Public School Adopt A Class Program. Through food drives, holiday giving, classroom activity involvement, and volunteering of their time, employees have a sense that they are truly giving back to the community.
"Steinhauser would like to thank the Southern Region Printing Week Council for this incredible honor. Plans for the future include living up to the legacy of this award, which was inspired by William Maxwell and his commitment to excellence in the industry and community," the company said.
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