Metzgers Breaks Ground on Addition

TOLEDO, OH - August 19, 2008 - Metzgers Printing + Mailing recently started construction on a 29,000-square-foot addition behind its headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. The project will be $2.7 million investment – including construction and equipment – with the move scheduled to be phased in over the next several years.

Steady growth prompted the addition. President Joe Metzger has seen his staff grow to 85 full-time employees from 47 when the company moved into its current site in 2004. “There’s been a lot of growth over the last four or five years and a lot of it comes from reaching outside of our 20-mile market that I grew up in,” Metzger said. “What’s interesting is, as the Internet has killed some printers and some other people who are in manufacturing it’s helped us communicate with customers who are a four-hour, ten-hour, twelve-hour drive away.”

Metzgers bought its current 35,000-square-foot building from another printing company that went out of business. That deal included three acres behind the building where the new facility is being built. The two buildings will be attached through a 60-foot covered tunnel, according to Metzger.

Contractor Rudolph/Libbe is the general contractor and the addition should be ready November. Metzger expect the project to add a dozen full-time jobs right away, but that number could grow to 30 over the next three years. He also expects to add more part-time workers. Metzgers currently has about two dozen part-timers.

The new area will be used for several things including:

  • Fulfillment, Which Will More than Double to 10,000 Square Feet. Much of This Work Is Mailing Services, Such As Sales Kits That Get Sent Directly To Potential Customers On Behalf Of Clients;
  • A 75-Seat Classroom for Employee Training and “Lunch and Learn” Programs for Showing Customers How to Use Their Services to Boost Sales;
  • Heavy Equipment for Mailing Services;
  • *Raw Material Storage.

The company received tax incentives from the city and county with help from local port authority, according to Metzger. He also said the city of Toledo, especially Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, were a big help in getting the project done quickly. “We were on a time crunch and they really stepped up to the plate.”

Joe Metzger’s father started the company in 1976 as Type House, a typesetting and darkroom services business that sold to printers. Over the years the company transformed into a printer. Joe and his brother, Tom, own the company. Tom acts as chief executive and chief operating officer.

The company made news earlier this year as the first “green” printer in Toledo when it completed a Forest Stewardship Council certification. The council certifies that paper and other wood products used by a business are coming from forests that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards.

Metzgers Printing + Mailing services include desktop publishing, digital prepress, offset printing, large in-house bindery, mailing services, fulfillment, warehouse and distribution, web-to-print and ebrochures and eGram messages. For more information on the company call 419-861-8611 or visit their Web site at

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