OSG’s Carlstadt, NJ, production facility houses the most advanced printing technology, which, of course, is only as good as the people who employ it. Lushain Blackstock is one of the people who keeps our business running smoothly.
The Print Supervisor/Color Specialist and master chef (hello, oxtails!) is a whiz at cooking up solutions and getting the job done. Whether it’s assigning and scheduling operators, meeting with printer vendors, or onboarding a new job, Lushain is the go-to guy–and he does it all with a smile.
Describe your role at OSG.
My main role is to make sure jobs mail early or on time. Other important aspects of my job include quality control throughout the day, checking emails, and assigning test and samples to Operators. I occasionally meet with print vendors to discuss issues and to find new ways to avoid ongoing problems. I also do inventory (paper and ink) and paper and ink order supply.
How long have you been with the company? What are some of the most significant changes you’ve seen in that time?
I have been with OSG for seven years and eight months. The most significant changes that I have seen in the last seven years are the layout of the production floor, new printer equipment, the change in paper stock from cut sheet to roll, and moving from toner-based to ink jet.
How would you describe your typical work day? Is there a “typical” work day?
First thing in the morning, I look at the production schedule and the turnaround from the previous shift. This gives me an instant snapshot of how my day will be, give or take. From this, I prioritize my day for efficiency based on machinery and man power. Some days are typical, and some are not. New jobs, printer down time, and month’s end are factors that we all work around. I work with a great team.
With so many jobs being processed and so much to oversee, what traits do you consider essential for success?
Staying focused and organized. Being able to schedule individuals in the areas that take advantage of their strengths. And proper tools and machinery.
How would your coworkers describe you?
Hard working, easy going, and always smiling and fair.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Everyday challenges, and trying to solve problems.
What is your go-to meal to cook?
I love to cook, so this is a hard question, but I would have to say oxtails.
What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Old-time classics: Gunsmoke, Matlock and Murder, She Wrote.