about us

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Welcome to Lithotech, Since opening its doors more than 30 years ago with just two employees, Lithotech has grown to become one of the largest continuously owned printing companies in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona.

Our clients include corporations, advertising agencies, design firms, brokers and publishers producing one-color to six-color printed products – everything from books, magazines, catalogs and annual reports to calendars, folding cartons, posters and direct mail.

Lithotech employees are expertly trained technicians and craftspeople who provide the highest level of service to our customers. We are proud of our seasoned team members, whose average tenure at the company is more than three times the national average. In recognition of our position as a leader in the graphics arts industry, the Phoenix Business Journal has continually named Lithotech one of the Top 20 Printers in Arizona.

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our history

With over 30 years of continuous ownership, Lithotech is the oldest continuously owned printing company of its size in the valley.
With 2 employees, Lithotech, Inc. is founded by current President Irvin “Butch” Platt
Company purchases and moves to its new home in the Elquist Building at 2nd St. and Pierce in Phoenix
An expanding Lithotech purchases and moves to its current location in the Central Bindery Building at 22nd Avenue and Grand in Phoenix
Company purchases and installs its first 40” 6 color Heidelberg Speedmaster sheetfed press
Lithotech completes its transition to digital technology with the purchase of its first Trendsetter platesetter creating an all digital prepress workflow
Increasing its efforts to preserve the environment and offer clients eco-friendly paper alternatives, Lithotech receives its FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification
Expansion into digital printing is completed with the purchase of its first Xerox 5000 digital press
Lithotech converts to the most advanced eco –friendly printing plate, the Kodak Sonora XP process free plate, that requires no chemical development, making the entire prepress workflow chemical-free
As Lithotech’s fulfillment, mailing and pick-and-pack operations expand and additional space is needed for its marketing and publication design team, an additional facility is purchased adjacent to its current location.

why choose us?

Customer Service Commitment

One of the hallmarks of Lithotech’s success has been our commitment to unsurpassed customer service. By creating a culture within the Lithotech family that emphasizes meeting client needs and expectations, we have fostered trusted relationships with our clients; many lasting over two decades. We are proud to say that we continue to partner with the company that brought us our first project over 30 years ago.

In creating a successful customer service program we have utilized both personnel and technology to create the framework needed to respond quickly to our clients. Following are just some of the elements we employ in maintaining ultimate customer satisfaction.

Superior Systems

The system helps team members to keep their commitment to 100% on time delivery by supplying the following:

  • A) An overview of all projects that are currently in production
  • B) Tracking all changes made to projects after their initial entry into the system
  • C) Outlining budgeted production times and completion dates for each department associated with a job
  • D) Identifying possible overloads at each department, allowing workflow changes when needed

meet our team

Butch Platt

Butch began his career with Southwest Forest Industries, a large paper manufacturer. He then transitioned to the printing industry, holding a variety of positions and learning every aspect of the business. In 1977 he opened Lithotech as a sma

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Lisa Platt

Lisa’s printing career began in Los Angeles as a sales representative for one of the largest commercial printing and packaging companies in the country. In 1980 she was sent to Phoenix to establish and manage a sales office for the Southwes

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Sue Mehlhaff

Sue has printing in her blood. Her father bought into a printing franchise when she was a teenager and the rest is history. She learned about work ethic and project management at an early age and picked up training and process improvement ski

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Dale Huston

As a longtime printing veteran, Dale has worked as press helper, press operator, cameraman, stripper, bindery supervisor, scheduler, estimator, planner and production manager. As a team leader at Lithotech, Dale is responsible for the estimat

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Sue Vlasak

Sue is a seasoned veteran in the printing industry, starting out as an administrative assistant and moving up to project estimating, job planning and purchasing. Along the way Sue was a successful customer service representative which taught

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Kate Ranney

Kate truly runs the front of the house. She is the one who will always greet you with a smile when you walk through our door, and the happy voice when you call. Kate will joyfully answer any questions and quickly get you to the person you nee

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Russ Wadecki

Russ began his printing career in Chicago in 1978 as a press operator and is experienced in small and large offset; duplicator; and full and half-size web presses. Prior to leaving Chicago, he achieved the position of plant foreman, overseein

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Scott Kann

Scott has 25+ years in the commercial printing industry, and his passion for what he does is still as strong as ever! Scott’s commitment to provide customers with nothing less than EXCEPTIONAL customer service is what drives him each day. W

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Lydia Montgomery

Lydia’s 35+ year printing career started in South Orange County, California. She earned her BA in Graphic Design from California State University - Fullerton and uses her design knowledge to provide multi-level solutions for her clients. Ly

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Greg Schutsky

At the end of the day, the printing industry boils down to one thing. As Greg says, “It’s ink on paper.” Greg has worked in the printing industry since he began running a press when he was 15 years old. By the time he was 19, Greg ha

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Jim Fankhauser

Jim began his career as a typesetter, and he has been involved with computer-generated graphics since computers revolutionized the graphic arts industry. Throughout his career, he has remained on the cutting edge of new technologies. As a tea

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Matt Estes

Matt Estes brings over twenty years of digital design expertise to the Lithotech team and has been problem solving for our clients for over eleven years. Matt earned an A.A. in Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Houston and is cons

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