Quad

Quad

We are builders of the change we want to see. Creating a better way first in the printing industry and employer-sponsored onsite health centers and now in the advertising and marketing industry. We're all partners in our business – sharing knowledge, lending a helping hand, and understanding that ideas should come from everyone. Whether you work in a client on-site, an onsite medical clinic, a full-service print facility or a logistics role, we are all makers, thinkers, innovators, and learners. Through our unique combination of art and science, we encourage you to be bold, think like an owner and become a builder of change. Be a part of the Quad story.  
Sussex, Wisconsin, United States Sussex, Wisconsin, United States

Company Information

Quad/Graphics (NYSE:QUAD) is a leading marketing solutions provider. The Company leverages its strong print foundation as part of a much larger, robust integrated marketing platform that helps marketers and content creators improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their marketing spend across offline and online media channels.

Company History

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.

A Can-do Attitude Leads to Rapid-fire Growth
Those first years were lean and print contracts were few. But with perseverance and what we like to call a can-do attitude — a characteristic that continues to distinguish us from other printers — the fledgling company hung on. We slowly gained business, primarily when no other printer would take the work. Harry signs a contract for the weekly printing, binding, mailing and distribution of Newsweek magazine in 1979. The turning point came in 1977, when we started printing work for Newsweek. The popular national publication was sold on our groundbreaking ideas and entrepreneurial spirit, but above all, they trusted in us. Newsweek put us on the map as a high-quality, innovative print services provider. Over the next few years, we grew quickly, building our second printing plant in 1982-1983, just five miles up the road in Sussex, Wis. In 1984, we ventured East, and opened a new plant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1985. We purchased a vacant cannery in Lomira, Wis., in 1984, and entered the gravure market in 1985. Rapid-fire expansion continued across the country, matched with investments in the industry’s most advanced equipment and technology. Along the way, we also founded the industry’s first and only dedicated research and development subsidiary, set up a network of imaging sites and photography studios, created innovative solutions for our clients (including mailing and distribution breakthroughs like the industry’s first and largest co-mailing technology), picked up awards for printer of the year, best place to work and environmental stewardship, and established a global presence through international partnerships in Latin America, India and Europe.