Edwards Brothers Malloy to close this Friday after 125 years in business

Edwards Brothers Malloy, one of the largest independent book and journal printers in the United States, will be closing its doors Friday, June 15. A notice on its website and an e-mail sent to its customers said it all. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that Edwards Brothers Malloy will be closing our doors as of June 15.” The announcement noted that while the company works through the process of shutting down its facilities, it will continue to finish projects for its customers using its in-house staff. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, America’s fourth largest book printer had been a going concern for 125 years. In 2012, the company merged with Malloy Incorporated, also located in Ann Arbor, to create Edwards Brothers Malloy. At the time of the merger, it had reported annual sales of about $115 million, though sales in recent years declined to just under $100 million.

Offset presses replaced Mimeograph machines at Edwards in 1930.
Offset presses replaced Mimeograph machines at Edwards Brothers shop in 1930.

The company operated both offset and digital printing services at 11 locations. In addition to its printing business, it also ran a distribution business for independent publishers. The closing came as a surprise to most in the industry in the USA and Canada, whose top book publishers today include Friesens, Transcontinental, Webcom and Lowe-Martin. As a full-service book-printing leader, Edwards Brothers Malloy specialized in one to 100,000 copies of finished books, as well as 4-colour text printing in runs from one to 3,000. No specific or general reasons for the closure were given at the time of the announcement.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.