Several weeks ago, Dr. Joe Webb was in town and painted a picture of continuing change for the commercial printing industry. Dr. Joe and all of the industry economists are in agreement that the industry will be a shadow of itself as we end this decade (Webb predicts a 30% decline in the general commercial printing sector over the next 6 years). Yet, Webb sees opportunity for companies/owners who look beyond being just a print producer.
And there’s a printer in Vegas (definitely a creative place) who is taking Joe’s words to heart – and is really thinking out of the box. “The printing industry is not growing. It’s not a growing business,” said Kathy Gillespie, owner of A&B Printing in Las Vegas. What’s her solution? Now that Clark County has approved a medical marijuana ordinance, Gillespie hopes to get out of the printing business and focus her attention on medical marijuana. She said her Las Vegas-based printing business could be converted into a dispensary. Far out dude!