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Celebrating Quad/Graphics' milestones.


  • Acquire competitor Brown Printing Company, which serves premier publishers and catalogers with printing, distribution and integrated media solutions.
  • Open our new East Coast commingling center after a multimillion-dollar expansion to accommodate new business.
  • Newsweek returns to print and to Quad after a change in ownership.
  • Acquire UniGraphic, one of the largest commercial printers in the Boston metro area, which strengthens our ability to service national retailers' large-format and in-store marketing needs through an East Coast presence.


  • Mourn the loss of Betty Ewens Quadracci, co-founder and wife of the late Harry V. Quadracci. She died on December 9 at the age of 75.
  • Acquire Proteus Packaging, our first dedicated high-end paperboard packaging plant, in Franklin, Wisconsin. We also acquire its sister company, Transpak Corp., which specializes in industrial packaging and logistics.
  • QuadMed acquires Novia CareClinics, an Indianapolis-based healthcare solutions company that specializes in developing and managing onsite and shared primary care clinics for small to mid-size companies and the public sector.
  • Become Colombia's largest commercial printer in terms of production with the addition of a new 64-page web offset press.
  • Earn USPS Partnership for Growth Award, honoring our long-standing commitment to driving technology innovation and supporting mail volume growth in our partnership with USPS.
  • Earn awards for Gravure Publications Company of the Year and Overall Company Growth from the Gravure Association of the Americas.
  • Acquire Vertis Communications, a leader in retail advertising insert, direct marketing and in-store marketing solutions.


  • Debut Actable®, our interactive print solutions app, which allows consumers to scan a printed page with a mobile device to discover additional product information, go directly to a website, see a video or connect to social media, among other options. Actable makes every page an experience through image recognition capabilities.
  • Purchase minority ownership interest in Manipal Technologies (ManipalTech), India's largest print services and end-to-end business solutions provider.
  • Partner with WIRED magazine to mass produce an interactive print ad powered by near-field communications (NFC) technology, commissioned by Lexus. The ad, which users can tap with their phone and receive access to a Lexus app demo, is successful.
  • Acquire Williamson Printing, an award-winning printing firm based in Dallas. It is rebranded as QuadWilliamson.
  • QuadTech, our research and development subsidiary, earns Printing Industries of America's InterTech Technology Award for its Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam.


  • Celebrate Chairman, President & CEO Joel Quadracci's induction into the Printing Impressions/RIT Hall of Fame. He follows in the footsteps of his father Harry V. (1986), his grandfather Harry R. (1998), and his uncle Tom (2006).
  • Acquire Transcontinental's Mexican assets and book-printing business for U.S. export in exchange for our Canadian operations.
  • Celebrate our fortieth anniversary on July 13.
  • Acquire long-time partner Schreiber Specialties, a specialty print finishing company close to our company headquarters in Sussex, Wisconsin.
  • Celebrate Joel Quadracci's recognition as the Ernst & Young Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest.
  • Launch our new Commercial & Specialty print division by combining two former HGI operations in Wisconsin with two of our own commercial and book operations on the East Coast. We invest $13 million in related new equipment and facility expansions.
  • Appear on the cover of Printing Impressions following our transformative acquisition of Worldcolor.


  • Acquire Worldcolor, the second largest provider of print, digital and related services in the Americas. This acquisition vaulted our company into a $4.8 billion, publicly traded firm with an expanded geographic footprint, a broader range of products and services, and an enhanced position as a printing industry leader.
  • Partner with Wisconsin-based printer HGI Company, expanding our abilities to meet an even broader range of client needs, including brochures and in-store marketing materials. By the end of the year, we acquired HGI and created our Commercial & Specialty print division.
  • Receive Newsweek's Printer of the Year award for the 25th consecutive year.
  • Launch the Quad Idea Catapult (QIC), the framework our Innovation Council began developing to help us better manage innovation at Quad.
  • Earn Silver LEED certification for our Hartford plant, giving us more than 3.2 million square feet of LEED-certified space.
  • Launch branded iPad apps.


  • Our Sussex, Wis., plant becomes the first existing heavy industrial manufacturing facility to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Open our Wisconsin Distribution Center, a new 388,800-square-foot facility near our Sussex and Pewaukee plants (in Menomonee Falls, Wis.) for cross-docking freight.
  • Debut AdShuttle, our innovative enterprise ad portal that streamlines the submission of ad files from a publishers advertisers and agencies to its printers. Client Cond Nast becomes the first to adopt the solution, using it to power its own online portal.
  • Earn West Virginias first-ever Governors Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency for our Martinsburg plants energy conservation efforts (which saved more than $1.3 million in energy costs in 2008).
  • Announce the launch of the Quad Special Interest Publications Group, a new subsidiary designed to aggressively pursue growth in the $2.3-billion-and-growing special interest publications market.
  • Earn a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for our plant in Sussex, Wisconsin, making us the first major printer to achieve LEED certification for an existing manufacturing site.
  • Announce a strategic alliance with UK-based YUDU Media that makes Quad a minority shareholder in YUDU and adds the companys solutions to the range of products we can provide to our clients, such as Quad/Graphics Digital Edition.
  • Earn our fourth consecutive Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. EPAs SmartWaySM Transport Partnership in recognition of our leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from our freight operations.


  • Launch our Safety Accountability Measurement (SAM) program, reinforcing our commitment to safety, reducing OSHA-recordable injuries, and recognizing and rewarding employees for safe work practices.
  • Announce QuadTechs purchase of Vigitek, expanding our ability to provide clients with superior print defect detection technology.
  • Launch our Digital Print Group, which focuses on growing our four-color variable print platform, allowing clients to use their data to cost-effectively create one-of-a-kind print pieces personalized to each recipient.
  • Debut IntelliTrimTM technology, another "first" in the co-mail arena. Developed internally, this patented technology enables us to inline co-mail multiple titles each with its own trim size and page count on a single saddle stitcher. By years end, we co-mailed more than 2 billion books!
  • Announce a landmark, $25 million investment to upgrade and establish our Pewaukee plant the birthplace of Quad/Graphics as the center of our direct mail operations. This includes the purchase of new equipment such as digital presses, a variable cutoff offset press, high-speed envelope inserters and commingling equipment.
  • Receive chain-of-custody certification from all three of the worlds leading forest management programs the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
  • Bolster our European presence by stepping up our involvement in Poland-based Winkowski. The venture, of which were now 100 percent owner, is rebranded QuadWinkowski and is infused with $35 million in facility and equipment upgrades.


  • Place on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for a second year running.
  • Extend our multi-mail capabilities to include catalogs for the first time. Our Martinsburg plant is named Large Business of the Year by the Martinsburg and Berkeley County (W.Va) Chamber of Commerce.


  • Are named to FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, an annual ranking the magazine compiles to recognize the best employers in the nation.
  • Begin co-binding two separately owned, weekly magazines InformationWeek and U.S. News & World Report in an industry first.
  • Become the first in the printing and publishing industry to join the Environmental Protection Agencys SmartWaySM Transport Partnership, a voluntary program created to boost the environmental performance of freight shippers. Later in the year we earn the first of many SmartWay Environmental Excellence Awards.
  • Debut our Multi-Blend pocket, which combines previously bound magazines or catalogs with another title on the same saddle stitcher, creating more carrier-route-sorted bundles for additional postage savings.
  • Celebrate the 35th anniversary of our company's founding on July 13.
  • Become the first printer to use the new GRACoL 7 printing specification.
  • Welcome Joel Quadracci as President & CEO on July 1 and prepare for the year-end retirement of Chairman Tom Quadracci.
  • Expand our geographic capabilities to the West Coast by acquiring Craftsman Press West, a privately held commercial printer with a single facility in Reno, Nev.
  • Introduce QuadData Solutions, formally expanding the focus of our QuadData Services division to meet clients' increasing need for data-driven marketing.


  • Joel Quadracci, the son of Founder Harry V. Quadracci, takes over as President & Chief Operating Officer while Tom Quadracci transitions to Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.
  • Proceed with a major retooling of our web offset platform, installing a fleet of 2x8 presses companywide.
  • Join with national partners to launch the ReMix (Recycling Magazines is Excellent) campaign in metropolitan Milwaukee.
  • Improve safety awareness companywide through SAFE (Safe Accountability for Employees), a safety and reward program for production employees.
  • Earn distinction as Newsweeks Printer of the Year for the 20th consecutive year.
  • Construct High Density Sequencing Systems (HDSSs) at our plants in Lomira and Sussex, Wis., for work in process.
  • Recognized by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) with a Corporate Health Achievement Award. The award recognizes our state-of-the-art onsite medical and fitness facilities, innovative prevention programs for employees and our demonstrated commitment to environmental health.
  • Introduce QuadSystems, a new business unit focused on developing, marketing and supporting our industry-leading publication management systems: Impoze, AdSync, Regional Ad Planning System (R.A.P.S.) and PlanSystem3.
  • Renew our long-standing business relationship with publisher Time Inc. with a new $1.1 billion agreement for the continued production of 22 titles through yearend 2013.


  • Appear in GUTS! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, a new book by best-selling authors Kevin and Jackie Freiberg featuring companies that have bucked traditional management styles and forged their own paths to extraordinary success.
  • Begin work on BusinessWeek, the worlds best-selling business publication.
  • Quad/Graphics President & CEO Tom Quadracci is named one of the Gravure Association of Americas Persons of the Year for 2004.
  • Announce $200 million in equipment purchases at Drupa, the quadrennial graphic arts trade show.
  • Sell subsidiary Parcel Direct to FedEx.
  • Start up gravure operations in Oklahoma City just one month shy of the plant's first anniversary.


  • Embark on Lean Enterprise, a perpetual improvement campaign designed to eliminate waste or "muda," in both administrative and production areas.
  • Welcome Architectural Digest back after a seven-year absence.
  • Purchase two new double-web Heidelberg 3000/32 presses. Also known as 2x8 presses, the presses are capable of printing up to 64 pages per impression, including four unique 16-page signatures.
  • Celebrate the grand opening of our Oklahoma City plant, the companys first plant west of the Mississippi River.
  • Meet growing market demand in the San Francisco Bay Area by opening an Imaging site there.


  • Mourn the loss of Harry V. Quadracci, Quad/Graphics' founder, who died on July 29 at age 66.
  • Welcome company co-founder Thomas Quadracci as Quad/Graphics' President & CEO.
  • Partner with Waukesha County (Wis.) Technical College to create the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
  • Develop and install the industry's first triple former folder on a gravure press in Martinsburg.
  • Break ground on our eighth printing plant in Oklahoma City.
  • Automate calculations of ad percentages and piece weights with Impoze - the first and only PAGE-certified publication and print-planning software.
  • Begin production on National Geographic.


  • Announce plans to build a web offset and gravure megaplant in Oklahoma City featuring the industrys newest, most highly automated gravure printing equipment.
  • Appear in The Wall Street Journal article about our company and our penchant for growing during economic downturns.
  • Build an onsite medical clinic in Saratoga Spring, N.Y., plant.


  • Purchase Impoze Systems, developer of the industry standard page-planning software.
  • Introduce our Smartools website where clients can access real-time production information 24/7.
  • Employ 11,000 people worldwide. Sales approximate $1.8 billion.


  • Begin an all-new West Virginia parcel sortation center.
  • Mourn the loss of Harry R. "Senior" Quadracci, Father of Web Offset Printing, who died on September 14 at age 85.


  • Purchase equity stake in Winkowski, the printing arm of Proszynski I S-ka in Poland.
  • Premier QuadTechs revolutionary closed-loop Color Control System (CCS).
  • Eradicate conventional imaging, offering digital imaging and computer-to-plate services exclusively.
  • Open the Quad/Saratoga Family Care Center near our upstate New York plant.
  • Celebrate the induction of Harry R. "Senior" Quadracci into the Printing Impressions/Rochester Institute of Technology Hall of Fame.


  • Purchase a substantial interest in Plural Editoria e Grafica, the commercial-printing arm of Sao Paolo, Brazil-based Folha Group.
  • Debut Parcel Direct, our ground-residential parcel delivery service for large-volume shippers.
  • Produce our first-ever nationally distributed case-bound title, National Garden Book, for client Sunset Publishing.
  • Celebrate Harry V. Quadracci's success as he's named Wisconsin's Master Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Open third onsite healthcare clinic in Lomira, Wis.
  • Employ more than 10,000 people. Annual sales are in excess of $1.2 billion.


  • Purchase a substantial interest in Anselmo L. Morvillo S.A. in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Open our second onsite healthcare clinic in West Allis, Wis.
  • Begin construction on Lithostone Meadow, affordable employee housing adjacent to our plant in Lomira, Wis.


  • Break ground for our megaplant in Martinsburg, W. Va.
  • Purchase a 276,350-square-foot building in New Berlin, Wis., for book binding operations.
  • Employ 8,500 people. Annual sales top $1 billion.


  • Complete first live computer-to-plate run for a client.
  • Offer digital photography services through QuadPhoto.
  • Begin construction on our plant in The Rock, Ga.
  • Transform blighted urban location into state-of-the-art print-production facility in West Allis, Wis.
  • Install our first offset-3000 wide web press.
  • Open third onsite child-care center adjacent to our Pewaukee, Wis., facility.


  • Engrave our first all-digital, filmless cylinder to be used in a live production.
  • Adopt our companywide uniform policy for all in-plant employees


  • Named one of the 100 best companies for working mothers by Working Mother magazine.
  • Launch QuadDirect, our direct-mail marketing division, and Quad/Dimensional Imaging, our three-dimensional printing group.


  • Introduce Gruff, our environmental spokesgoat.
  • Operate 43 web offset presses, 5 gravure presses, 38 saddle stitchers and 11 perfect binders.
  • Employ more than 5,000 people. Annual sales are $509 million.
  • Open onsite Quad/Care child-care center in Sussex, Wis.


  • Break ground for our plant in Hartford, Wisconsin.
  • Debut QuadPhoto division.
  • Acquire Orbis Graphic Arts in Anaheim, Calif., providing Quad/Graphics with a West Coast imaging site.
  • Open first onsite medical clinic in our Pewaukee, Wis., plant.
  • Welcome first onsite Quad/Care child-care center within the plant in Lomira, Wisconsin.


  • Acquire W.R. Bean & Son's Thomaston, Ga. printing facility.
  • Introduce in-house list management services.


  • Establish QuadTech Europe in Weesp, the Netherlands.
  • Break ground for the High Tech Center, the new world headquarters for QuadTech.
  • Operate 29 web offset presses, 4 gravure presses, 23 saddle stitchers and 7 perfect binders.


  • Establish ourselves as the worlds largest printer of newsweekly magazines with the production of People in Saratoga Springs.
  • Start CB Graphics, our sheetfed press operation.


  • Celebrate our entry into gravure printing with the inauguration of the "G-1" gravure press in our Lomira, Wis., plant.
  • Unveil our first Multi-Mailer, which enables us to create additional postal savings for our clients.
  • Harry V. Quadracci is inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame.


  • Open first Quad/Care child-care center in elementary school near our plant in Sussex, Wis.
  • Found QuadCreative, our in-house design group.


  • Break ground for our third plant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Purchase vacated cannery to house gravure operations in Lomira, Wis.
  • Named one of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.
  • Employ more than 1,000 people. Annual sales about $69 million.


  • Acquire regional title Milwaukee Magazine.
  • Found Chemical Research\Technology (CR\T), our ink manufacturing subsidiary.
  • Introduce Quad/Education, our in-house training division.


  • Break ground for our second plant in Sussex, Wis.
  • Inaugurate Finishing ink-jet system for addressing pieces in-line.


  • Recognize founder and President Harry V. Quadracci for 20 years in the printing industry.


  • Employ 390 people. Annual sales top $21 million.
  • Hold first CAMP/Quad (Catalog and Magazine Production) for clients.


  • Launch in-house prepress services with the founding of Enterprise Graphics, now known as Quad/Imaging.
  • Found QuadTech, our research and development division.


  • Initiate custom of flying the flags of our clients.


  • Construct first addition to our Pewaukee plant.
  • Print our first work for Newsweek -- the covers for the February 7 issue feature the nation's gas crisis.


  • Employ 100 people and record annual sales of nearly $7 million.
  • Bring platemaking in-house.


  • Install the "M-1," Quad/Graphics' first web offset press.


  • Purchase our first saddle stitcher.
  • Hire our first customer service representative.
  • Implement innovative three-day work week, providing four 12-hour shifts for round-the-clock operations seven days a week.


  • Employ 25 people. Annual sales top $2.8 million.
  • Receive printing contracts for several four-color newsstand magazines, including Fishing Facts.
  • Found our first division, Duplainville Transport (now part of Quad/Transportation Services).


  • Welcome Investor magazine as our first client.


  • Incorporate on July 13. Launch operations from a 20,000-square-foot abandoned warehouse in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, with a Baker Perkins "America IV" press and a borrowed saddle stitcher.

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