Quad (Formerly Quad Graphics) is a Wisconsin based print and marketing company that built a small retail plant in Berkeley County, WV in 1997. “Target was our first retail insert that came off the line,” says Kevin Haught, Plant Director. From their humble beginnings, they have acquired other major contracts, such as National Geographic and Victoria’s Secret, that have substantially impacted their need for expansion. Since then, that “small” retail plant has grown into a 2 million square foot facility with many employees and customers on their roster.
Quad places a great importance on retaining employees and prioritizes their satisfaction. The workplace culture contributes significantly to the employees’ desire to work with them, “When they get up in the morning and want to come to work, it is a game changer. And that’s what we strive for here at Quad,” says Finishing Department Manager, Anthony Pendzich.
Quad has created an environment fostered on trust and growth, allowing their employees to advance into leadership roles within the company, one of the many benefits of working there. Lawanda Ford, who began as a machine operator, is now in a leadership position and is excited for the company’s dedication to cultivating and nurturing its employees, “I see a lot of opportunities for growth, I see people learning a lot.” Over the past 25 years, Quad has also boosted the local economy by providing jobs to many different people-with and without higher education. “Many of us started at the bottom and have had growth. You don’t necessarily need an education to start here and develop into a management career,” says Schulz, Department Manager Press Administration. Another amazing advantage is the Medical Center located on-site for workers and their families, “Having the medical facility right on site is a huge benefit for me,” Kenny Stolipher says. This addition adds an employee care element that is unmatched.
Their sustained development is largely due to their ability to adequately train employees. Quad partners with local educational institutions to provide their employees with the qualifications and certifications to not just do their job, but to move upward within the company. Blue Ridge Community & Technical College and James Rumsey Institute have been a major factor in their education and preparation, offering apprenticeships to help coach workers.
Although Quad is one of the leading print companies in the world, they are community and family oriented, “Letting my employees know that I’m here for them to me is huge,” says Pendzich. They are also involved with the Berkeley County Youth Fair and other outreach organizations within the local community.
Quad employees work hard to acquire and fulfill contracts, but there is an emphasis on having fun and enjoying their team achievements, “As a company, we always say work hard, play hard. It’s our time to celebrate and have fun as well,” says Brooke Boyer, Mail Specialist
The Berkeley County Development Authority looks forward to the continued success of Quad and is proud that they call Berkeley County home.