Superior Lithographics Refreshes Its Brand Identity

We’re all really excited to be releasing a new logo and marketing collateral into the wild. After 20 years, it was time update our look to reflect what we’ve transformed into. The new logo plays off of the original press registration target mark and an interpretation of the standard CMYK colors that is our lifeblood. As the company has slowly grown, our teams are squeezing any spare time they have into remodeling the workplace. Please come visit often as things are constantly changing!

Doug Rawson Inducted Into the Ben Franklin Honor Society

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- The Ben Franklin Honor Society formally inducted ten industry leaders at its awards ceremony on Friday, November 9, at the Printing Industries of America Fall Administrative Meetings in Grapevine, Texas.

The Ben Franklin Honor Society of PIA is comprised of industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to advancing print and graphic communications. Inductees have rendered outstanding and meritorious service to industry associations that promote the advancement of graphic communications.

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Doug Rawson has been with Superior Lithographics for over 25 years and is the Chief Executive Officer. Doug identified a need for high quality, large-format litho labels to address the demands of a new retail concept called Price Club, known today as Costco. The printed packaging was the "silent salesperson" required to sell the product in this warehouse environment. Superior continued to supply the packaging and display industry with litho labels and top sheets, and, in 2006, the folding carton operation was formed when customers expressed a desire for their individual packaging to match their litho-laminated products.

Doug is the Government Affairs/Labor Policy Committee Chairman on the PIA Board of Directors and has served PIA for more than six years. On the local level, he has been a PIA of Southern California (PIASC) board member since 2002 and ultimately was named Chairman of the Board in 2010. He has been a Printing Industry Credit Union board member since 2005. Additionally, Doug was awarded PIASC Executive of the Year in 2011.

Doug financially supports the efforts of PIASC to encourage young people to join the industry. He contributes to PIASC's RAISE Foundation and further offers financial support to cover costs of students and their families to attend the annual celebration of student competitions. Some of his other charitable contributions include PrintPAC of California, Printing Industries of America PrintPAC, University of Synagogue and Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.


For more information about the Ben Franklin Honor Society, please visit www.printing.org/bfhs.

Superior Lithographics Receives First Lithec USA Installation of In-Press Color Scanner

We at Lithec USA are proud to announce our first LithoFlash Inline installation in the United States. The installation was completed just last month for Superior Lithographics, located in Los Angeles, CA.

Superior Lithographics is a 30-year litho-label, top sheet and folding carton manufacturer.  Known for high quality printing, Superior Lithographics is always looking for ways to improve their processes to achieve the best quality and customer satisfaction.  The LithoFlash system will now give them an edge over competition, with consistent color control, reduced make ready time and minimal waste.

They installed a full LithoFlash system on their 64” KBA 162 with UV. The installation went smoothly and the results have been immediate.

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From Left to Right: 
John Woessner, Service Engineer of ServiceAccess; Peter Petrow, Service Engineer of Lithec GMBH; Clyde Tillman, CEO of Access Group; Carlos Camarena, 1st Pressman; Doug Rawson, CEO & Founder; Jeff Ku, VP Operations; Jim Eakin, Print Production Manager; Cuco Urena, 1st Pressman

“I think the biggest evidence of a good product with an easy interface is the fact that every one of our pressmen like the system and have bought in to letting the system control the color.”
- Jim Eakin, Print Production Manager 

“We have already seen substantial savings in paper and time in just our first few weeks of running the system. We will definitely be adding the LithoFlash to our other presses.”
- Jeff Ku, VP Operations 

“The Lithec team was very attentive to our needs and adjusted to our schedule during the installation process. All of our people like the system. It was a good decision for us.”
- Doug Rawson, CEO

Superior Lithographics Named Best of the Best Awardee in Best Workplace in the Americas 2017 Competition

Los Angeles, CA2/13/2018 Superior Lithographics of Los Angeles, CA has been awarded the Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) designation, Best of the Best, to recognize exemplary human resources practices that create an outstanding workplace. For 17 years, Printing Industries of America’s BWA program has acted as an acknowledgment of printing industry excellence in human resources practices.

Being designated a Best of the Best company demonstrates the significant commitment that Superior Lithographics has made to its employees by investing in their work environment, their personal goals and ambitions, and recognizing that an exceptional workplace also serves the needs of the company.

A panel of respected human relations professionals from the print industry judged entrants against benchmarking categories that promote the most sought-after qualities of today's workforce, including: Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Work Environment & Safety.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry and we are all especially proud of the award’s alignment with our company vision,” said Doug Rawson, CEO.

Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, agrees. “Companies recognized in the Best Workplace in the Americas program exhibit the highest commitment to success in many ways, but particularly through their employees. Congratulations to Superior Lithographics.”  

For more information about the Best Workplace in the Americas program, contact Adriane Harrison at 412-259-1707, aharrison@printing.org or see www.printing.org/bwa. For more information about Superior Lithographics, contact Megan Simmons at 323-263-8400.

Superior Installs New Folding Carton Quality Inspection System

Superior has partnered with Baumer HHS to upgrade one of its legacy folder-gluers with a variety of inline quality inspection systems including lot code scanning, color scanning, glue detection, and auto rejection.  While the machine has always had barcode detection, these additional sensors allow for more consistent product and reduces the need for reliance on human intervention.  This move effectively equalizes our folding-gluing equipment standards and increases scheduling flexibility in order to meet our customers' quick lead-time expectations.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our team to arrange a tour.

Superior Lithographics Celebrates 30 Years!

This September, we celebrate our 30th year in business and would like to thank all our customers, vendors, team members and their friends and family for supporting us throughout our journey.  As we continue to grow, we look forward to learning from our past, strengthening our current partnerships and exploring new opportunities.  You can read the story of how we started here.

 Some of Superior's first equipment at 3055 Bandini Blvd.  Photograph taken 1990.

Some of Superior's first equipment at 3055 Bandini Blvd.  Photograph taken 1990.

Superior Launches New Website!

We are excited to announce a new website to more accurately represent the company, its vision and its people.  As some of you may have noticed, the past five years have resulted in dramatic changes to our corporate philosophy, offerings and the plant itself!  As a result, we are determined to keep you up-to-date with industry happenings and driven to improve what you look for: consistent lead time and consistent quality.  After all, change is the only way to improve, right?