Best Printer: Cedar Graphics


“We’re growing, as always,” said Justin McDonald, marketing director for Cedar Graphics, the Hiawatha-based printing company making its eighth appearance on the CBJ’s Best of the Corridor list. The latest development involves new six- and eight-color presses in the company’s offset division, which enhance its ability to deliver high-end work without breaking the bank.

With ultraviolet LED ink drying available on longer press runs, Cedar Graphics can deliver a variety of special effects on matte or glossy stock. The company’s services are in demand for packaging, company reports and other specialized printing, such as the pop-up book, “From Dream to Reality,” creat-ed for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and recognized with a Printing Industries of America’s Benny Award.

Cedar Graphics’ digital division employs a fleet of HP Indigo presses for short-run and variable data jobs and has set up digital storefronts for a number of business clients. A third division offers wide-format printing to clients rang-ing from a NewBo boutique to national advertising agencies.

The company is proving that ink on paper – and many other materials – is far from dead. “Just walk into Walmart. Everything you see has something printed,” Mr. McDonald said.

-Emery Styron

1ST RUNNER UP: AlphaGraphics