The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Vision 2013

April 28, 2013

Business capsules (Sherry to Your) 04/28/2013


JOHNSTOWN — Valley Printing & Design

Located: 667 Main St., Johnstown.

Leadership: Michael Migut, CEO.

Employment: There are seven union employees.

History: Established in 1941.

General: Valley Printing is a full-service printing company, design, set-up and bindery for Johnstown, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

In 2012, sales increased 10 percent and computer systems were updated.

Veterans Community Initiatives Inc.

Located: 727 Goucher St., Johnstown.

Leadership: Tom Caulfield, president/director.

Employment: Nonunion employees decreased from four to three, with hopes of hiring one.

History: Established in 1993.

General: Veterans Community Initiatives provides professional job search assistance, career counseling, administering of needy programs for veterans, family members and the community at large.

This year is the 20th anniversary for Veterans Community Initiatives, which will be providing multiple services to veterans and their families.

The accomplishments for 2012: Held the seventh annual returning veterans symposium; reached the 6,000th client milestone; sponsored the fourth annual Veteran Spouse Appreciation Day. It also played a significant role in Cambria County’s Veteran Courts Program.

Wessel & Company

Located: 215 Main St., Johnstown, and 120 W. High St., Ebensburg.

Leadership: Robert J. Eyer, CPA, managing shareholder.

Employment: Nonunion employees increased from 45 to 47, with intent to hire one more.

History: Established in 1958.

General: The company is a group of certified public accountants and business consultants who provide accurate, thorough accounting and audit services, aggressive, up-to-date tax services, litigation support, fraud detection and prevention services, intelligent financial forecasting and estate planning, plus comprehensive technology consulting and training to a broad spectrum of business and individual clients.

In 2012, the company had a 14 percent increase in overall revenues, the staff was expanded by 10 percent and the number of CPAs in the firm increased to 22. Also, tax compliance services have become fully automated with the use of its “Client Portal.”

It has implemented firm-wide policies to aid the staff in balancing work and home life; provide a virtual office and use of technology to provide online support to clients; offer free educational seminars to the service agencies; have a firm policy for employees to be certified or in the process of certification to increase value to clients and decrease the risk taken in providing services; and have 22 certified public accountants on staff, one of the highest ratios in the industry.

Accomplishments include being named to the “Top 100 Best Places to Work in PA in 2012” and “Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work for in 2012 in the USA” by Accounting Today, a national publication; and was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Organizations – 22 Country Region” by Pennsylvania Business Central. Also, a member of the firm was named to Pennsylvania’s Business Central “Top 100 People in 2012.”

Technology has helped in communicating with clients faster, being paperless in the audit function, clients utilizing the client portal on the website for delivering information and having a virtual office capability for the staff.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Vision 2013

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads