Worzalla Celebrates Mothers Working with their Sons and Daughters this Mother’s Day!

Worzalla is a family business, which is why we are celebrating Worzalla employees who are mothers that work here with their children! Happy Mother’s Day to Lisa Nelsen, who works with her son Keller Wolfe to make our beautiful books come to life.

Lisa Nelson and her son, Keller Wolfe

Happy Mother’s Day to Kyla and Joyce Peters, who work together to create many of the wonderful books you’ll find on your bookshelf.

Kyla and Joyce Peters

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! We hope you have a wonderful day, and get the chance to spend some time reading one of your favorite books.

Worzalla Translates Love of Books into Supporting Adult Literacy

Wisconsin book printer takes first place in total donations to Portage County Literacy Council’s annual Words & Friends for Literacy

Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products and books, was one of the sponsors of this year’s Portage County Literacy Council’s annual Words & Friends for Literacy event as they have for many years previously. The Portage County Literacy Council is the only community-based literacy program for adults in Portage County, and their annual event helps raise awareness and funds for adult literacy in the area.

At Words & Friends for Literacy, teams of up to four players play collective Scrabble. During three timed rounds, teams work together to play as many words as possible on their Scrabble board. Worzalla’s team, known as The Jefferson Street Girls and comprised of Worzalla employees Sheila Jasenovsky, Cathy Davis, Shasta Grosbier, and Holly Fletcher, took ninth place overall out of more than thirty participating teams. Although they took first place in bringing in the most donations to the event, having collected $404.00 in pledges from friends and family as well as fellow Worzalla employees.

The Jefferson Street Girls at the Words & Friends Event

“Our mission is to deliver quality books to the world and spread the joy of reading,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO of Worzalla. “It’s never too late to learn how to read or improve your literacy, which is why we have been continuous supporters of the Portage County Literacy Council. We are proud of our employees for taking on this cause and showing their support for their community members.”

Worzalla has an extended history of supporting literacy for all ages in Wisconsin, from supporting programs like the Portage County Literacy Center to donating books to local elementary schools. For more information on the Portage County Literacy Council’s programs, visit https://pocolit.org.

Worzalla Celebrates World Book Day by Donating 250 Books to Local Schools

Internationally celebrated day promotes literacy and the joy of reading

In observance of World Book Day on April 23, Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products including children’s books, is donating 250 books to area elementary schools. Donation recipients include the Stevens Point Area School District’s nine elementary schools and the Pacelli Catholic Elementary Schools.

“Our mission is to deliver quality books to the world,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO of Worzalla. “Throughout Worzalla’s 125 years, the company has been incredibly committed to the central Wisconsin community. On behalf of all our employees who work to create these books, we are pleased to spread the joy of reading through this book donation for World Book Day.”

Each of the eleven elementary schools will receive a supply of newly-printed children’s books that came directly from Worzalla’s manufacturing floor. The books are being donated to each of the school’s libraries so that all of the students may enjoy them.

In a recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan that was published in the journal Pediatrics, reading print books generated more dialogue between the parent and child, emphasizing the importance of print books in encouraging literacy among children.

Worzalla’s several hundred employees manufacture millions of children’s books, lifestyle books, and cookbooks that are sold in bookstores and through online retailers across the country. For more information, visit worzalla.com or follow Worzalla on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Worzalla Welcomes 12 New Graduates of “Print University”

3-Day intensive workshop educates publishing industry professionals about the book manufacturing process

A dozen publishing industry professionals descended on Worzalla’s headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, April 8-10 for what Worzalla calls “Print University,” a 3-day intensive workshop to educate those in the publishing industry about the book manufacturing process.

“I noticed that practically all of our customers reside out the state where we are headquartered, and many had never witnessed the book manufacturing process,” said Richard Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Worzalla. “We decided to develop Print University at Worzalla in order to offer our customers the opportunity to learn more about the work we do to get their books on bookshelves across the country.”

The curriculum for Print University covers each step of the printing process from start to finish, including:

  • Pre-press which includes file prep, pre-flight and color theory. 
  • Four-color web offset and sheetfed printing which include platemaking. 
  • An overview of the paper making process as well as an introduction into the most common paper used in book manufacturing.
  • A complete review of book finish capabilities which includes perfect and hard case binding, case making, and foil stamping. 
  • A review of Worzalla’s commitment to Environmental Health & Safety and social compliance corporate responsibility.

The most recent class of graduates from Print University include Troy Wallace of Disney, Bernadette Flinn of Hachette, Anna Cooper of Hachette, Rachel Peckman of Hachette, Nico Medina of Penguin Random House, Jessica Lee Klymenko of Penguin Random House, Erica Jimenez of Workman, Ken Murray of Ramsey Solutions, Brandon Heller of Ramsey Solutions, Jessica Zulli of Sourcebooks, Jason Weston of Sourcebooks, and Lin Miceli of Sourcebooks.

“Worzalla’s Print University was an invaluable experience for me,” said Ken Murray of Ramsey Solutions. “The information I gained from Worzalla on the book manufacturing process will help me source products more effectively and help educate my design team regarding the options they have available to create the best possible products for our customer.”

“For something as ubiquitous as a book, many don’t realize the intricacies and coordination it takes to bring a book to the bookshelf,” said Jim Fetherston, President of Worzalla. “Authors work with publishers to perfect their projects, then publishers work with printers like Worzalla to bring these books to life. By helping those in our industry better understand how this is done improves efficiency and collaboration among all parties.”

The first Worzalla Print University was organized in 2018. To date, 38 participants have graduated from the program. To learn more about Worzalla’s book manufacturing process, visit worzalla.com.

Worzalla Celebrates Successful First Run of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Book

In follow up to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney’s new book hits bookshelves this week

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company, is proud to recognize its employees for rising to the challenge of printing the first edition of the highly anticipated Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal book by famed children’s book author, Jeff Kinney.

Worzalla had just weeks to order paper, coordinate deliveries, schedule workers, set up printing machines, print and bind the books! They began shipping out the first shipment of hard cover books within three weeks after getting the copy but printing the 224-page book that everyone is talking about came with immense challenges. Just look at the numbers:

Worzalla By the Numbers: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal

  • 1,934,100 pounds of paper
  • 41,654,551 linear feet of paper
  • 456,314 pounds of ink
  • 7,166 man-hours

“Worzalla is so proud of all the men and woman who worked long hours and gave up their weekends to finish this huge project,” said Jim Fetherston, CEO and President of Worzalla. “This was Worzalla’s fastest turn around for such a large volume with critical deadlines and we are thrilled that our team exceeded expectations.”

After planning began, the order tripled in size with the same tight time constraints, creating an intense logistical challenge for Worzalla’s team. They worked closely with Lindenmeyr Book Publishing Papers and Pixelle Specialty Solutions to bring in nearly 2-million pounds of paper, which required scheduling of 49-truck deliveries from Ohio and Pennsylvania paper plants.

In total, Worzalla printed 41 million linear feet of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, which when laid out end to end is 7,889 miles, roughly the distance from Stevens Point to Manila, Philippines.

While these numbers are impressive, Worzalla also sets the industry standard when it comes to sustainability. Worzalla is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, guaranteeing that paper used in their printing projects is responsibly sourced. Additionally, Worzalla is G7 Master Printer Qualified, which helps to reduce paper and ink waste by making sure the product is set up properly before starting the full-scale production.

Worzalla previously printed Jeff Kinney’s books from the author’s highly successful series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. That series made Kinney a #1 New York Times best-selling author and six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Winner.

“We loved printing Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for his publisher, Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Children’s Books, so our team was thrilled when they asked us to print his new book,” said Richard Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Worzalla was recently awarded the Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) designation and Safety Shield, to recognize exemplary human resources practices that create an outstanding workplace. This is the third consecutive year Worzalla has earned the BWA designation and the first for the addition of the Safety Shield.

Worzalla Named Best Workplace and Safety Shield Awardee in Best Workplace in the Americas 2019 Competition

Worzalla of Stevens Point, Wisconsin has been awarded the Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) designation and Safety Shield, to recognize exemplary human resources practices that create an outstanding workplace. This is the third consecutive year Worzalla has earned the BWA designation and the first for the addition of the Safety Shield.

The Best Workplace in the Americas designation is bestowed upon those companies in the Graphic Arts and related disciplines who have created an environment where employees can thrive along with their company through sound Human Resources Practices. Companies named a Best Workplace in the Americas have commitment to superiority in the areas of Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Work Environment & Safety.

The Safety Shield recognizes companies in the Graphic Arts Industry that demonstrate excellence in occupational safety and health within the workplace. Companies receiving a Safety Shield are evaluated against Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards, workplace health and safety best practices, and employee safety training programs.

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. Those awarded a Safety Shield designation were evaluated on OSHA compliance and best safety practices for the printing industry.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that offers a superior workplace,” said Jim Fetherston, CEO and President of Worzalla. “Associate safety is our number one priority, so we’re especially pleased to have received, for the first time, the Safety Shield designation.”

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 Worzalla.”  

For more information about the Best Workplace in the Americas program, contact Adriane Harrison at 412-259-1707, gro.g1558424999nitni1558424999rp@no1558424999sirra1558424999ha1558424999 or see www.printing.org/bwa. For more information about Worzalla contact Brianne Petruzalek, Director of Human Resources at 715-254-9717.