Eighty-seven years ago the founders of Arrowhead Printing created a birth announcement in their basement and started what would grow to become one of the region’s largest privately-held commercial printers.
Arrowhead Printing is the only women-owned union shop in the Midwest, with Sarah Erickson and her husband Dan at the helm. Behind them is a hardworking, dedicated team with years of knowledge in the printing business, one employee, Doug Frick, just celebrated his 40th anniversary with the company.
In 2015, Arrowhead Printing expanded their business when they purchased Service Printers and moved to Duluth from Superior. They offer print services for projects big or small, and personal or professional. “We print everything from business cards, birthday party invites, all the way up to annual reports and everything in between. We are a full-service mailer, we also print outdoor signage, banners, yard signs, 3M adhesive stickers, and car magnets,” explained Erickson. “A big misconception is that we only print large commercial items, but we print anything and everything, like wine bottle labels, coasters, wedding invites, and even door decals.”
Solving problems is what Arrowhead Printing does best. They will work to figure out how to get a project done with limited time, how to create a giant display for a trade show booth, or how to make sure a project stays on budget.
Customers are often happily surprised by their fast-turnaround times, especially when in a tight spot. Customers seem to have an affinity for their shop dogs, Dolly and Letty who keep the Arrowhead staff on task.
Their pressroom boasts five large printing presses that can print between two thousand and sixteen thousand sheets per hour. They can also fold, stitch, cut, hole-drill, and shrink wrap. And their bulk mailing machine can produce 15,000 pieces per hour – dried. This is where others in the printing industry would let out Tim Allen’s Home Improvement character Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor’s approving “grunt, grunt, grunt”. This is an impressive arsenal of printing power.
But it’s less about the power and more about the people and the projects for the Ericksons. “One of the greatest things about this job is helping people put their ideas on paper, like family tree books, or marketing collateral for a new business. We customize any item to what our customer’s needs are,” shared Erickson.
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