In 1971, we believed in a dream. We believed there must be a better way. When you dream a little, common people, working together, can do uncommon things.Harry V. Quadracci Founder, 1936-2002
A company with a soul
Quad is the embodiment of one man's dream to find a better way.
Company Founder Harry V. Quadracci grew up in print. His father got his start running a small printing press behind the family’s Italian grocery in Racine, Wisconsin, and later co-founded the W.A. Krueger Company. Harry joined his father at Krueger in 1962.
Working in a variety of management capacities, including general counsel, Harry was delegated to handle negotiations in a 1969 labor dispute between the company and the union. Harry believed that Krueger’s top management and board of directors were engaged in short-term, bottom-line thinking. Instead of working together as a team, management and employees were at odds. The customer focus was lost. The feeling of family, so prized by employees, was gone. Disillusioned by the strike and feeling stymied in his efforts to succeed at Krueger, Harry resigned to start his own company.
Harry was determined to do things differently – and better. He envisioned a company with management and employees working together as partners, committed to each other and to a common purpose: extraordinary performance for the client. He wanted to create a company like no other. A company with a soul.
With a $35,000 second mortgage on his home and capital raised from a handful of people who believed in him – and 11 co-founders who made a courageous leap of faith – Harry launched Quad/Graphics on July 13, 1971.
With daring and vision they set up shop in an abandoned millwork factory in rural Pewaukee, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee. The company’s survival hinged on a rented press and a borrowed binder.
We haven’t been given more opportunities; we’ve just made more of the opportunities presented to us.Harry V. Quadracci Founder, 1936-2002
All of us who come after Harry must take what he created and push it forward, push it beyond, what he ever hoped it could be.Joel Quadracci Chairman, President & CEO
A new generation of visionary leadership
When we unexpectedly lost Harry in July 2002, many thought the company would collapse without his leadership. He was, after all, an industry icon. But we persevered – and prospered.
In a seamless transition, Harry's brother Tom, a company co-founder, assumed the role of president and chief executive officer. Joel Quadracci, Harry’s younger son, took over as president and CEO in 2006 during the 35th anniversary of our company’s founding. In a very real sense, Joel has grown up with the company. Grounded in the same vision and values set forth by his father, Joel is leading Quad into the next generation and beyond, propelling the company forward in an ever-changing industry.
As we continue to transform our company and our industry, we are at the ready. Quad powered. Quad Proud.Joel Quadracci Chairman, President & CEO
We are proud printers, innovating all aspects of our company and our industry.Joel Quadracci Chairman, President & CEO
Performance through Innovation
Today, Quad is a leading global provider of print and media solutions. Our remarkable growth is powerful testament to our inimitable culture, visionary leadership team and employees worldwide who take pride in their work and are wholly invested in the success of our clients – and our company.
Working together, we are driven to find a better way – and to deliver on our promise of Performance through Innovation.
As a company, we adapt to change – in fact, more often than not, we are the change. Where others see challenges, we see opportunities. We’re a high-tech company, but we succeed the old-fashioned way: through honesty, integrity, hard work, doing the right thing and always putting our clients first.