Hiawatha printing business gaining customers

Davenport printer moving work to Cedar Graphics

Cedar Graphics  in Hiawatha. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Cedar Graphics in Hiawatha. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The closing of a family-owned Davenport commercial printing company will mean additional business for Cedar Graphics in Hiawatha.

The Brandt Co. will shut down over the next week after more than 40 years of business. The decision follows Brandt’s acquisition of Fidlar Printing, the oldest printer in Iowa, and the print division of MultiAd Sports of Peoria, Ill.

Marc Brandt, president of The Brandt Co., said his company is partnering with Cedar Graphics to transition its customers to an established printing services business. Cedar Graphics will retain the Brandt brand as services transition.

Brandt said production will be handled by Cedar Graphics’ nearly 100,000-square-foot facility at 311 Parsons Dr. Sales and administrative offices will be maintained in Davenport and Peoria, Ill.

Cedar Graphics reportedly will make employment opportunities available for Brandt’s production staff.

“Making sure our customers continue to receive the same level of quality and satisfaction moving forward as they always have in the past is our immediate goal,” Brandt said. “Cedar Graphics has one of the best reputations and most current technology in the printing industry.”

Cedar Graphics is a family-owned business focusing on printing, packaging and direct mail for the education, manufacturing, retail, health care, and hospitality industries.

The company’s mix of advanced ultraviolet offset presses, digital printing and marketing services is meant to smooth the transition for Brandt’s customers and provide increased capabilities.

“The Brandt Co. and Cedar Graphics have been mutually respectful competitors for many years, both in the Quad Cities and the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor,” said Hassan Igram, Cedar Graphics CEO. “It’s unfortunate to see any Iowa family-owned business close its doors.”