One of the legacies my great-grandfather and grandfather left is committing to active participation in our community. We have continued to follow their lead.

Our focuses are:

Education: The Spokane Guilds’ School, Independent Colleges of Washington, Vocational Education programs through Spokane Community College

Community: The Rypien Foundation, Hospice of Spokane, Lion’s Club, the Shriner’s and Shriner’s Hospital, Leadership Spokane, Greater Spokane Inc.

The Printing and Marketing industry: Pacific Printing Industry Association, Printing Industries of America

Our employees have also been generous giving back to the community over the years through the United Way yearly campaigns, adopting a family at Christmas through the Salvation Army and volunteering to collect pennies for the Guild’s School penny drive just to name a few.

In a long-term business, the company culture will evolve and change over time. In our case, the evolution became a more defined commitment to environmental responsibility.

Our sustainability practices include not only recycling of all scrap and paper waste, aluminum and plastics but the use of soy based ink, alcohol-free fountain solution and water based coatings. We reduce waste by using top-grade paper with highly-trained press operators to considerably reduce the number of make-ready sheets needed to run through the presses. As we estimate jobs, focused time is spent on engineering to find not only the most cost effective way to produce the project but the most efficient use of raw materials for that project.

In addition to the sustainable business practices we’ve put into place, in 2009 we became Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified as an addition to our environmental responsibility commitment. We are currently the only printer in the Inland Northwest to hold this certification and have the Rainforest Alliance affiliation.

The most recent endeavor we’ve taken on is a combination of both our community and environmental commitment – our Lawton Design Scholarship. For the past two years we have worked with the local colleges to promote a design contest for design students in the area. The contest challenges the students to create a marketing piece for us that showcases our commitment to the environment. The pieces are judged by three outside experts in the industry and the winner is announced during a reception at our facility. The student who wins receives a $500 scholarship and 25 printed pieces of their work for their portfolio.

We encourage you to take the time to get involved in our community.  Whether it’s volunteering with one of our community’s non-profit organizations, participating in our area’s schools or working on bettering our environment, the need for participation is greater than ever and we all have talents to offer.

Laura Lawton