In 1976, Norb Metzger opened Type House, a small business in Toledo, Ohio that specialized in typesetting and dark room services. A color copy center was added fewer than 10 years later to serve businesses and individuals.
In 1988, the company’s name was changed to Metzgers PrePress. Digital color printing was added to the mix in 1991, and due to increased demand from local businesses, Metzgers added wide-format digital printing in 1996.
During this time, Norb’s sons Joe and Tom joined the business. Joe started out making deliveries and working in the pre-press darkroom. In 1996, he took on the responsibilities of president. Tom, Chief Operations Officer and “Employee Number One”, oversees daily operations. Their sister Connie became the first member of The Mom Squad in 1998, and now manages fulfillment services and The Mom Squad.
Throughout the ‘90s, Metzgers’ services grew to meet customers’ needs. We moved to a larger facility in Holland, Ohio, and added a 6-color printing press; launched innovative online ordering systems; created Point-to-Point mailing service to handle our customers’ outgoing direct marketing needs; and started The Mom Squad to assist with fulfillment projects large and small. From 1998 to 2001, The Mom Squad was in such demand they needed their own location. That’s when warehousing services were officially added to the Metzgers repertoire.
Our printing operation grew bigger, sharper, and faster with the addition of wide-format color printing for posters, banners, and displays; new bindery services, including the iGen4 digital printer with saddle stitching; and post-press capabilities, including binding, cutting, laminating, die-cutting, and wrapping.
In 2006, Metzgers merged digital printing with variable data to offer one-to-one variable printing. It allows customers to create completely customized marketing information in large quantities. For this innovation, Metzgers received the PODi Best Practices Award in 2007.
That same year, Metzgers launched PFUGO (Perfing Folding Unique Gluing Operations) to enable customers to send out efficient, response-driven mailings. We also installed a specialized envelope printing press. The facility doubled in size in 2008 with a building addition containing a digital printing press, warehouse space, and expanded post-press and fulfillment services.
In our ongoing determination to make business as easy as possible for companies and organizations of all sizes, we’ve added web-to-print storefronts. These allow our customers to control replenishment of their incentives, business cards, brochures, magazines, and any other marketing and promotional materials they use frequently by ordering online through us. We also offer personal URLs (PURLs) and microsites to help clients interact more directly with their potential clients.
Since 1976, Metzgers’ growth has been fueled by a continuous cycle of learning and innovation, and developing capabilities that effectively manage every new service needed by customers. In other words, we research and watch the industry closely, and we listen to our customers. If you have a question that begins, “Is it possible to…?” or “Is there a way…?” we’ll work on it. We’ll find the methods, the products, and the technology to help you reach your professional goals.