An Interview with Patrick Callahan: Operations Manager
This April, Patrick Callahan joined the Printing Concepts team as an Operations Manager. Coming from Chicago, Patrick has devoted most of his career to the printing business, both in a commercial offset and digital printing atmosphere.
A dynamic industry, printing has numerous unexpected projects and unique schedules that need almost around the clock attention. Patrick Callahan brings his knowledge and understanding of the printing industry to Printing Concepts to ensure a complete and seamless integration of our unique and time demanding projects. Read about him below in an Interview with Patrick Callahan.
Why did you get started in the printing industry? Can you discuss some of that?
My first job was in printing when I was 14 years old. I worked for a company where I was sorting and setting letterpress and running 1250 duplicates. Early on I realized that if you want get ahead and prosper, you have to work for it. No one will hand it to you.
How did you end up in Chicago at Komori America, and what brought you back to Erie, PA?
For 38 years I have been in the printing business, and in that time I held the position of Lead Operator of equipment up to 8 colors commercial offset. I held the position of Plant Management and ran the technical side of litho tech for 2 major press manufacturers, Service Manager and Director of Service and Plants for Komori America.
I came back to Erie to be close my family, and for the opportunity to join Printing Concepts.
What do you think is the most interesting part of the printing business?
The technology transition from traditional litho to the digital workflow is a really interesting process. I’m excited to see where, and how far it goes.
In what capacity will you be working with Printing Concepts?
I am here as the Operations Manager of Printing Concepts. My focus is always on the customer on all fronts. My job is to help support sales and customer service by internal process improvements.
Where do you see the printing business going in the next few years?
I see the printing industry going more digital, specifically there is growth in label and packaging, and specialty short run.
Do you have any words of wisdom to newcomers to the industry?
You need to fully understand the basics of conventional litho printing to better transition to the digital process. This will help understand the problems and issues commonly found in digital printing. It’s all based on the same concepts.