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DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES: INTERNATIONAL PRINT WEEK -- OPEN HOUSE

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of General Services will roll out the welcome mat inviting the public to tour the State Printing Plant on Jan. 19-22 in observance of International Printing Week. The open house, held in conjunction with the Sacramento printing industry will celebrate this year's theme: "Recognizing the Craft."
 The plant is located at 344 North 7th St., between North "B" Street and Richards Boulevard, Sacramento.
 Tours are planned to start every 15 minutes between the following times: Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 19-22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 Tours take approximately 1-1/2 hours and require almost a mile of walking. Allow plenty of time and wear comfortable walking shoes.
 Groups of five or more, or those wishing to arrange a special tour should call 916-445-9110.
 THE OFFICE OF STATE PRINTING FACT SHEET
 Overview
 The Office of State Printing is a major division of the Department of General Services. It is a service/product-oriented operation, directed by law to provide printing for the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. Only state work is produced and the operation is funded by charges to the agencies served. Using the latest in computerized accounting systems, all charges are recorded to the job as it moves through the plant toward completion. Complete financial statements are prepared which allow comparison with industry cost ratios.
 State Printer Don Mael indicates that this 16-acre site, with nearly 300,000 square feet of floor space, is the second largest government printing facility in the United States. Only the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., maintains a larger operation.
 With a monthly payroll approaching $1 million and annual sales exceeding $45 million, the Office of State Printing plays a significant part in the economy of the Sacramento area.
 Operations
 Hundreds of specialized machines perform the typesetting, printing and binding operations. Three shifts work around the clock in order to meet delivery commitments.
 The plant produces almost every type of printing and binding, which includes business cards, multiple-part forms, brochures and magazines and all bills and documents required by the legislature to enact laws governing the State of California. Legislative printing alone accounts for one-third of the total workload.
 History
 California has had a State Printer since Jan. 10, 1850, which was eight months before the state was admitted to the Union. At that time, H.H. Robinson was elected by the legislature to oversee purchasing of printing from private firms. He operated out of a small, privately owned plant which also was used for commercial printing.
 In 1875, a section of the abandoned Governor's Mansion at 15th and H Streets was remodeled to house the State Printing Plant, where it remained for 50 years. When more space was needed, a two-story industrial building was erected at 11th and O Streets. Some of the present employees started their careers in that building. In 1952 work began on the present site and it was occupied in 1954.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Adams of the Department of General Services, 916-323-4889/


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