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What I’ve learned in 2011

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2011 was an interesting year for Metzgers. We hired more employees, we added more equipment, grew our customer list, improved our web and social media presence, changed our branding, made a large custom promotion to launch our new custom packaging & fulfillment services. Then we purchased a building to expand our warehouse and distribution business. But, honestly, it wasn’t as earth-shaking as it seems; this year and this list of things is much like prior years. In a nutshell, we invested back into our company, for about the 35th year in a row. My blog isn’t going to be about bragging about what we did, but I want to share what we learned.

Some of the learning is based on what we’ve experienced within our walls, and some of the learning is from things that happened in the community and in the world. Each learning experience can be identified by a single word, but I’ll share that word, and then offer a few opinions and ideas.

Tags: team - about


Metzgers Company Update

Metzger names 4 promotions and begins his second cancer battle.

TOLEDO, OH - December 16, 2011 - Joe Metzger announced that he will step down as President of Metzgers while he begins his battle with colon cancer. “I’ve been a cancer survivor for 22 years, so I’m ready for this next fight, and we expect to win, again. It’s what we do.” Joe added: “It felt awfully lonely and scary when I learned the news, but once we let the word out to family, friends, employees, and customers, the prayer chains began from coast to coast. The spirit and prayers have lifted me up, and I’m ready for this fight.”

Metzger plans a two month leave from the company and fully expects to return to Metzgers in a reduced capacity to help the leadership team continue to grow, strengthen and improve the company.


Evolving Business

Metzger brothers always looking to evolve business.

(The following is a story published in the Toledo Free Press)

TOLEDO, OH - November 13, 2011 - Joe Metzger knows the importance of changing with the times as much as anyone.

Metzgers Printing + Mailing, the Toledo business he runs with his brother Tom, got its start in 1976 as a typesetting business — a viable field in the 1970s, but considerably less so in 2011.

The company originated as Type House, founded by Tom and Joe's father, Norb Metzhger. Since then, it has evolved, adding pre-press, offset printing, digital printing, mailing, data management, warehouse and fulfillment and cross media (on-line / offline) capabilities.

Tags: about - history - joe


Toledo Mud Hens Renew Detroit Tigers Affiliation

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

Team Picture of the Toledo Mud Hens.TOLEDO, OH - November 1, 2011 - The Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers today announced a four-year working relationship through the 2016 season. This extends the affiliation between these two historic franchises that began in 1987.

The Toledo Mud Hens recently completed their 10th season at downtown Toledo's Fifth Third Field with a 67-77 record. Since moving downtown, the Hens have made the post-season four times (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and have won the International League's Governors' Cup twice (2005 & 2006).


Metzgers Enters Online Sales

Metzgers Launches BIG CHECK Micro-Site and Online Digital Print Ordering

TOLEDO, OH - November 1, 2011 - October has been an innovative month for Metzgers, which has taken the first steps into online sales by unveiling two websites aimed at selling print.

Metzgers introduced a micro-site to sell large-format presentation checks under the title Print Big Checks ( and an online digital print store, titled The Printing Shack, to provide common business and home items such as business cards and flyers / sell sheets. (

Tags: wide format - digital - joe





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