This Saturday at Ripley Park in Marceline, Walsworth Publishing Company will hold their annual employee picnic. In addition to the usual revelry, Walsworth’s CEO, Don O. Walsworth, will address the employees, cut a celebratory cake, and fireworks will adorn the night sky.
In honor of the diamond anniversary of a major local employer, the LCL recently conducted an e-mail interview with CEO Don O. Walsworth and President Don Walsworth. The pair discussed the meaning of the anniversary, as well as the Walsworth family’s tradition of giving back to the community.
“We are very proud of achieving this milestone,” said CEO Walsworth. “We could have not done it without the dedicated, skilled people we have been blessed with from the Marceline and Brookfield areas.”
CEO Walsworth continued: “As Walsworth has grown and expanded, we have also been fortunate to have outstanding employees in our St. Joseph facility and Kansas City Sales and Marketing office join us. Our people have made the difference in taking us to 75 years, and I know they will be the reason for our future success.”
“Providing a stable business for many families means so much to our family,” said President Walsworth. “My father and I are proud of the legacy created here, and we are focused on making certain the legacy continues for more generations, and families, to come.”
Of course, the location of this successful family-owned business has shaped Walsworth Publishing Company, as the people of Linn County and the surrounding area have provided the manpower for the company all these years.
“My family is humbled to have served the Marceline community for so long,” said President Walsworth. “More than a responsibility, we see it as an honor to work side-by-side with so many good people. Seeing first-hand the work ethic that is so incredibly strong here has made a lasting and positive impact on me.”
“Again, the relationships we have with the people of Linn County has been a blessing for our family and business,” said CEO Walsworth. “We are committed to this area and look forward to providing long-term stable employment.”
Over the course of the past three-quarters of a century, the very foundation of Walsworth has changed, thanks to the constant technology upgrades our society brings. While still in the printing and publication business, the way business has been done has certainly changed.
“There have been countless technology advances,” said CEO Walsworth. “Typewriters and mimeograph machines have been replaced by personal computers and digital presses. But no matter how much technology has changed, our people have adapted wonderfully. We have always leveraged the latest technology to produce the best possible products for our customers.”
Page 2 of 2 - “There’s no question our willingness to embrace change is an important reason we have made it 75 years,” said President Walsworth. “Technology started to change significantly in the late 1980s. As a company, we had a choice to make: Be a leader in technology or lag behind. We chose to lead, and that choice has made all the difference in keeping our company relevant and useful for our customers.”
President Walsworth continued: “We have gone from pasting up pictures and type to desktop publishing; we have moved away from using film and to using digital files; and most of our customers now view their proofs online instead of receiving paper proofs. I know part of our success in the future will be to keep embracing technology. Based on our past history, I’m confident our employees are up to the challenge.”