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JPL
Type Private
Founded Harrisburg, PA, U.S. (1889 (1889))
Founder(s) Michael Horgan, Christian Masters
Key people Luke Kempski (President)
Michael Horgan (Executive Chairman)
Industry Integrated Communications
Services Branding,Web Development,Video Production, e-Marketing, Communications Solutions
Employees 85+
Website JPLcreative.com

JPL (JPL Integrated Communications, Inc.) is a strategic, integrated communications company, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [1] [2]. The company creates communications solutions for businesses and organizations, offering services such as: branding[3], marketing, meeting and event production and coordination [4], web development[5] [6] [7], video production, and Learning Solutions.[8]

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History

JPL (formerly JPL Video Productions and then JPL Productions) was established in 1989 when co-founders Michael Horgan and Christian Masters purchased the Video Productions Department from J.P. Lilley in Harrisburg. They formed a new company called “JPL Video Productions.” [9] At first, there were only three employees, but by 1993, the company had signed on its 15th employee and relocated to a new facility, complete with a production studio, three studio-configured cameras, a cyclorama, and a control room. In 1995, JPL demonstrated its flexibility and technological capabilities by establishing the “Interactive Technologies Group.” [10] They also launched a company website (www.jplprod.com)[11], and purchased state-of-the-art digital video effects and editing equipment.

By 1999, JPL had expanded its Multimedia Services to accommodate the company’s growing web, multimedia, and e-Learning sectors. In 2000, they merged with York-based production company, Kennedy/Lee, and brought on board three experienced video professionals. When web development company MarginPoint joined JPL in 2002 [12] [13], the company added web application development and e-Marketing to its list of services. That same year, JPL was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal -–an honor they would receive for the next seven years, distinguishing JPL as one of only six companies across the state to win the award that many consecutive years [14] [15] [16].

2004 saw major changes for the company. That year, JPL purchased an 88,000 square foot, two-story facility which, in addition to accommodating the growing staff, housed two video and photography studios [17]. The internal structure of JPL underwent some renovation as well when former JPL President Michael Horgan assumed the new position of Executive Chairman, and former Vice President Luke Kempski stepped up into the role of President [18] [19]. The company also expanded its 3-D graphics, animation, and simulation technologies, and implemented HD video technology for several full-length videos and commercials. The following year(2005), the new building opened for business and the company was selected as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal. [20]

In 2007, JPL was featured in CNN’s Business 2.0 magazine for encouraging employees to decorate the new building in order to showcase their collective creative abilities and also to build company morale.[21]. That same year, the company created The Communications Vault, a blog authored by various employees that provides advice and professional insight on a variety of communications and marketing topics [22].

In 2008, JPL Productions was named one of the Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in the nation by INC. Magazine. [23] [24] On September 15, 2008, JPL Productions launched its new brand identity and became simply “JPL.” The change was the product of a two-year initiative to position the company as a strategic, integrated communications company rather than a media production house[25] [26].

In 2009, JPL was named Website Design Company of the Year by the Central Penn Business Journal, listed as one of Inc. Magazine's Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies and chosen as a Best Places to Work in PA for the 8th consecutive year.

Services

JPL’s services include:

Major Clients

Culture

JPL promotes the philosophy: “Work Hard. Play Hard.” At work, employees are encouraged to dress comfortably and to personalize their workspace. As Michael Horgan said in a 2006 Central Penn Business Journal article entitled "My Office Space," personalizing your workspace "...fosters teamwork, creativity, openness and sense of ownership" [27]. They can also participate in informative Lunch-and-Learn sessions, creative brainstorming sessions, and birthday lunches. Outside of work, they are invited to attend company ski trips, kayaking excursions, picnics and holiday parties. They can also take part in the many year-long activities that support the employees' team for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” [28] [29]

References

  1. ^ JPL Homepage
  2. ^ http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/industry_article.asp?cID=A&aID=19813132.4896352.888511.6728603.1861122.895 Central Penn Business Journal article about JPL's brand and what they do
  3. ^ http://jplcreative.com/#/Services?service=BrandStrategy JPL's Brand Strategy Page
  4. ^ http://jplcreative.com/#/Services?service=MeetingsEvents JPL's Meetings and Events Page
  5. ^ http://www.hersheys.com/ Hershey.com created and maintained by JPL
  6. ^ http://www.learntobehealthy.org/ LearntobeHealthy.org-website created by JPL
  7. ^ http://jplcreative.com/#/Services?service=WebInteractive JPL's Web and Interactive Page
  8. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/marketing-advertising/market-research-analysis-market/11580524-1.html "Tech Edge" Central Penn Business Journal article, not expressly about JPL but has quotes from President Luke Kempski about technological communications solution and integrated communications
  9. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/finance/1001523-1.html "2002 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Advertising/Media, Michael E. Horgan"- Article with background on the founding of JPL and the company's evolution
  10. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/computer-software/1004587-1.html "60 Second Interview" with Luke Kempski where he talks about interactive development in 1995
  11. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/computer-software/1160615-1.html jplprod.com wins Best of the Web from Central Penn Business Journal
  12. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/computer-software/1135957-1.html Central Penn Business Journal Article about JPL buying MarginPoint
  13. ^ http://www.paecomm.org/archive/news_100402.asp article about the acquisition of both Kennedy/Lee and MarginPoint
  14. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/careers/1067178-1.html Best Places to Work 2004
  15. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/careers/4059714-1.html Best Places to work 2006
  16. ^ http://www.jplcreative.com/news/details.aspx?id=293 Best Places to Work 2008
  17. ^ http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/article.asp?aID=43121 Central Penn Business Journal Article about JPL's move
  18. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/finance/4098139-1.html "ENTREPENEUR 101: It's OK to let go" Article about Horgan stepping into new role and Luke becoming President
  19. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/computer-software/966621-1.html Article about Luke Kempski receiving "Forty Under 40" awards with a description about why he was promoted to President and some company history
  20. ^ http://www.triplecrowncorp.com/news_highlights.html Article on website cites JPL Productions as winner 50 Fastest Growing Companies, also see rebranding press release listed below
  21. ^ http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/03/01/8401011/index.htm Business 2.0 article about JPL interior design
  22. ^ http://thecommunicationsvault.com/ JPL's blog
  23. ^ http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2008/company-profile.html?id=200842650 JPL's Company Profile Under Inc. Top 5,000
  24. ^ http://www.jplcreative.com/news/details.aspx?id=286 JPL's release about the award
  25. ^ http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/jpl-productions-unveils-new-brand-identitycompany-evolves-to-meet-changing-needs-of-central-pa-businesses-64881.php Press Release about JPL's rebranding
  26. ^ http://search.pennlive.com/sp?keywords=JPL&aff=100 Patriot News Article about JPL's rebranding
  27. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/careers/4085746-1.html "My Office Space"-a Central Penn Business Journal Article about Michael Horgan's feelings about the importance of the workspace layout
  28. ^ http://jplunited.org/ JPL United Relay for Life Team website
  29. ^ http://www.relayforlife.org/ Relay for Life homepage
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