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Metzgers Printing Doing Their Part To Save The Environment

environment-friendly...So I didn’t print that!

This past week I was sitting in a high school on mini-class night, and the Spanish teacher was explaining to the parents the year ahead for the students. He was showing various documents on the big screen Smart Board, and during his presentation he said, “I thought I’d save the environment, so I didn’t print that.”

As I looked around the room I saw about 30 parents, most between 35 to 55 years old. The teacher’s statement most likely didn’t bother anyone in the room (well, except me). We’ve been hearing this stuff about “saving the trees” and how paper is bad for the environment for years. And, honestly, it drives me nuts.


Look Before You Shoot

Hosta PlantQuality Over Quantity

The number of photos I shoot in a year without the use of a tripod is fairly small. Photographing in the early morning and evening light, under the canopy of forests or during dark and stormy conditions, results in slow shutter speeds that make hand-holding the camera difficult. Even with high ISO settings, I find it difficult to achieve the sharpness and depth-of-field I desire without a tripod.

One of the things I have to guard against though is mounting the camera on my tripod before checking the scene from different heights and angles. Whether from fatigue or laziness, the tendency is to photograph from the spot where I set up the tripod, and from only the height and the angle the tripod provides.

Tags: tools


Area solar picture bright early

Firms say savings surpass predictions.

(The following is an excerpt from an article posted on the Toledo Blade's website.)

TOLEDO, OH - August 28, 2011 - Sunny summer weather is turning into solid savings for Metzgers Printing and Mailing.

Joe and Tom Metzger showing off part of the solar array on top of the building at Metzgers.The Toledo firm installed about 230 kilowatts of solar panels late last year on the roofs of its two buildings. The installations have saved Metzgers about $3,000 a month so far on its energy bills, which used to total about $22,000 a month.

President Joe Metzger said solar energy is working out so well for his company that Metzgers might install another rooftop solar array on a third building that the company plans to buy later this year.

"Our customers are excited about it," said Mr. Metzger, who has 78 employees and had about $13 million in sales last year. "Our employees are excited about it."

Tags: green


It's a Family Tradition

old-picnic 0Greetings Everyone!

Thanks for visiting our website. First, a brief introduction: I am Tom Metzger and I am co-owner of Metzgers with my brother Joe. We do a decent job of managing this crazy business of ours by not stepping on each other’s toes. I like being the inside operations guy. Joe is good with outside stuff like sales and marketing. Yes, I’m slightly older.

My Dad, Norb Metzger, started our business back in 1976. I know he had some type of vision and dream of what it would be like to own his family business. He worked hard, led by example, and his family business grew with his kids and the many others he hired along the way. Several of those people he hired are still a big part of the family business today: Metzgers!

Dad also started some very cool traditions more than 30 years ago. I’m not so sure it was part of his vision, or that he even dreamed that one of the biggest traditions he started was ‘The Company Picnic!’

Tags: team - about - family


Toledo honored as a top minor league market!

(Article originally published on the Toledo Mud Hens site - Original Post)

Picture of the Toledo, OH skyline over the water at night.

TOLEDO, OH - August 19, 2011 - The results are in and the Glass City is a Top 15 minor league market. When all of the numbers were tabulated, Toledo came out near the top of a recent list of the country's top minor league markets, according to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal magazine.

Toledo received the ranking based on the performance of the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) and the Toledo Walleye (Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings). The Mud Hens play at Fifth Third Field. The 8,943 seat downtown jewel is celebrating it's tenth year as the home of the Hens. On October 15, the Walleye will begin their third season at the 7,431 seat Huntington Center. Located one block north of Fifth Third Field, the arena is managed by SMG, the world-wide leader in convention and entertainment venue management.





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