Independent began in a small shop in east De Pere during pre-war 1935. Marcella Pollatz Baldwin had purchased a small newspaper named The Independent and specialized in printing handbills, business forms, wedding invitations, business cards and other items for local business owners.
As the business grew, Marcella established a "home industry" in the basement of her new house in 1948. Other family members took on the Independent mantle as Marcella's second husband Don Baldwin and son Gary Pollatz worked in the shop with her. Gary would go on to work fulltime for the business and eventually buy it in 1968 with annual sales of $62,000 and only three employees. Gary's son Mike Pollatz began working for the company at the age of nine, pulling brochures off the folder machine.
After that, the company's growth became even more rapid. It moved from the basement shop and grew by more than 25% every year. In 1979 Gary Pollatz sold the company to Peter Thomson, Greg Graf, Tom Bornfleth and his son Mike Pollatz. Though Independent was no longer a single family-owned business, it retained the same family and team-oriented values.
Over the years, Independent added to its traditional offset printing work with variable data printing, check printing, electronic storefronts and fulfillment services in one integrated package. Before long, the business moved for a final time in 1985 to a custom-designed, state of the art building at 1801 Lawrence Drive. Sales grew to an astounding $2.4 million in 1996 and in 2012, one division of the company grew to $13.3 million in revenue. Last year, sales clocked in at over $30 million!
Today, Independent Printing is the largest printer in the Green Bay area with over 275 employees with finishing equipment that runs 24 hours a day. The company has gained a reputation for technical expertise and top quality printing.
With a long history of teamwork, strong work ethic and a undying "can do" attitude, you know you can count on Independent!