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How the Business Structure of Commercial Printers Changed from 2008 to 2013

By Dr. Joe Webb
Published: December 17, 2015


The recession started just before 2008 was beginning and the latest data from the County Business Patterns report shows how the business formats of the industry changed by 2013. In that time, the industry shed -5,979 establishments (-18%). The number of corporations fell by -2,554. S-corps by -2,040, and proprietorships and partnerships by -1,363. The result was that S-corps were more than half of commercial printing establishments by 2013, as shown in the chart. The table inside the chart shows how the business format used varies in terms of the size of the establishment. Corporations are bigger, with an average of 27.5 employees. Proprietorships, as expected, are the smallest of commercial printers, with 4.2 employees. S-Corps and partnerships are about the same size, but their average number of employees declined from about 17 employees to be in the range of 14.5 employees. Though S-Corporations might be the preferred business format of the industry, nearly half of the industry's employees are in traditional corporations.


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