Concentrated and Dispersed at the Same Time

By Andrew Paparozzi
In January 21, 2010

While many things are changing about the printing industry, some things remain the same. One is how the industry remains both geographically dispersed and concentrated at the same time.

The table below, taken from the newly available download “2008 State Ranking by Establishments and Sales,” shows that five states account for more than 36.0% of the national establishment total.

However, looking beyond the top five states shows that every state has printing establishments and practically all have over 100 establishments. So while print may be concentrated in relatively few states, it is definitely dispersed in that it is not limited to any particular region or set of states. (Rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia by number of establishments and total sales can be found in the new download available to anyone here.)

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Andrew Paparozzi

Epicomm's Andrew Paparozzi, Vice President/Chief Economist, is well-known for his accurate and thoughtful discussions on the economy and US commercial printing industry. A foremost author and speaker on economic business trends in the printing industry, Paparozzi heads Epicomm's Printing Economic Research Center.

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