A Rochester printing company has a new name on its letterhead, after being purchased by a national firm with deep roots in southeastern Minnesota.
Paper & Graphics, Inc., owned by Tim and Steve Fields, was acquired by St. Paul-based Smyth Cos. on Friday. The 29-year-old print shop owned by the Fields brothers is located at 1116 Ninth Street NE.
All seven employees will stay on in Rochester. The name is now Paper & Graphics, a division of Smyth Cos.
"Rochester is a vibrant and growing community and we saw this an opportunity to make some inroads into Rochester," said Smyth owner and director Bill Hickey.
Smyth is certainly familiar with this part of Minnesota. It has two facilities in Austin with about 60 employees. The 138-year-old firm has been printing in Austin, since 1971.
Hickey says the proximity of the Austin and Rochester operations opens up a lot of possibilities for Paper & Graphics.
"It will open up their playbook and add more more products that current customers can buy and attract new customers," he said.
Paper & Graphics will be able to offer multi-color products, packaging and a much larger printing capacity with a quicker turnaround.
It expanded in Austin in 2007, when it built a new 30,800-square-foot facility in the Cook Farm Industrial Park and expanded its other site there. Among other contracts, Smyth prints labels for Hormel Foods in Austin.
Smyth also has locations in Minneapolis, Virginia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Colorado.