Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Morning memo



Today's career talk

What makes a great organization, author Barbara Moses, Ph.D., wonders in her book What Next? The Complete Guide to Taking Control of Your Working Life. There are 12 attributes, she says: learning opportunities, sensitive managers, policies that get implemented, career coaching, mentoring, life balance, personal services, flexible work arrangements, sabbaticals, wellness initiatives, flexible benefits and the opportunity to take ownership of a project or initiative.

--John Eckberg

Today's mover

Kim Cochrane has joined Photonics Graphics as a junior graphic designer. Cochrane has a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and photography from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She has been developing illustrations for OPTimum Software and is involved in the development of ads, flyers, brochures, OPTimum Software promotional materials, websites and corporate identities.

--Shirley Dees

TODAY'S COMPANY: FLOTTMAN COMPANY INC.

ROLL THE PRESSES: Printer F.E. Flottman was out of a job in 1921 when his employer, a stove company, was purchased by a business that had its own printing department. He bought the equipment he'd been using and set up his own print shop. In the 1940s, his son Rodney joined the business and operated it until his retirement in 1992. Currently, the company employs 38 and is owned by Rodney's children: Tom and Peter Flottman and Sue Flottman Steller.

PRESSED INTO SERVICE: Flottman's entree into the pharmaceutical printing field came in the 1970s, when the FDA began requiring that literature had to be included with drug products. The William F. Merrell Pharmaceutical Co., for which Flottman was printing labels, asked Flottman to purchase special equipment to produce multi-fold inserts for their packages.

GOOD THINGS IN SMALL PACKAGES: Last year, Flottman printed more than 83 million inserts and outserts (materials attached to the outside of a package) for customers in the pharmaceutical industry and beyond.

STOP THE PRESSES: The Crestview Hills company was this year's winner of the Northern Kentucky Chamber's Success Small Business Award, in the manufacturing/distribution category. Judges cited the firm's 17 percent growth in 2002, its innovative thinking and its service to the community.

--Jenny Callison




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