Quad/Graphics and WCTC Partner to Create the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
PEWAUKEE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2002
$1 Million Gift From Quad/Graphics Will Provide Scholarship
Assistance and Continuous Equipment Upgrades to Center
for Generations to Come
Quad/Graphics has awarded $1 million to the WCTC Foundation to benefit Waukesha County Technical College as part of a long-term, trend-setting partnership that will sustain the school's award-winning printing and graphic communications program. The company's contribution - made in the name of the late Harry V. Quadracci, founder of Quad/Graphics - will be used to continually upgrade the equipment on which students are trained as well as provide scholarship assistance to students interested in a career in graphic arts. As part of the partnership, WCTC's 1-year-old Graphic Communications Center will be officially named the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center in recognition of the many contributions Mr. Quadracci made to advance both print technology and education.
"This historic contribution, representing the largest of its kind to any Wisconsin Technical College, will benefit the entire printing industry by enabling and inspiring students to pursue careers in printing and graphics," said WCTC President Carol Brown. "In addition, it ensures that WCTC will remain an educational innovator in printing and graphics education."
The $1 million gift was made possible, in large part, by contributions from Quad/Graphics clients, vendors, employees and friends who gave generously to the Harry V. Quadracci Memorial Fund. Those contributions, which totaled $500,000, were matched, dollar-for-dollar, by Quad/Graphics' Windhover Foundation for a total gift of $1 million.
"We are thrilled to be making this contribution to a cause near and dear to Harry's heart: higher education," said Betty Quadracci, president of Quad/Creative and publisher of Milwaukee Magazine. "What's more, the Center is attracting attention as a hub for research. Throughout his life and throughout his career, Harry pushed to improve the process of putting ink on paper through research and technological development.
In addition to the monetary contribution (see attached list of chief benefactors), press manufacturer Heidelberg will donate the use of a digital press - the first digital press installed at the 50,000-square-foot Center. The press, a Quickmaster DI 46-4 Direct Imaging Press, will be donated in the name of Harry V. Quadracci.
Staffed with veteran educators and equipped with the latest technology - such as Heidelberg and Komori presses, a Heidelberg computer-to-plate system and Sinar Bron digital photography equipment - the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center will provide unparalleled educational opportunities. It will make graduates "immediate, constructive contributors to the printing industry, both here in Wisconsin and across the nation," Betty Quadracci said. "Nowhere else will you find a facility so well equipped and so thoroughly committed to providing true-to-life training."
Furthermore, the Center reflects the vision and values of Quad/Graphics' preeminent founder.
"The Printing and Graphics Center is a fitting legacy for a man who lived to advance ink on paper, both at Quad/Graphics and in the industry," said Thomas A. Quadracci, Harry's brother and Quad/Graphics' new president and CEO. "Harry's commitment to education was unparalleled because he firmly believed that with proper training and education, anyone could achieve more than he ever hoped to achieve and, ultimately, be more than ever hoped to be."
Specifically, the Center boasts:
-- A 12,000-square-foot pressroom featuring multiple sheetfed and flexographic presses. -- A bindery area, adjacent to the pressroom, featuring a four-pocket saddle stitcher, programmable cutter, folder and shrinkwrapping equipment. -- Two platerooms - one for the lithographic process and one for the flexographic process - and featuring both conventional and digital production methods. -- A digital photography studio. -- An imaging center equipped with the latest software and color measurement technology. -- A graphic design lab. -- Three computer labs. -- A distance-education classroom in which students can virtually attend graphic communications classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, giving them the opportunity to advance their education from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree without ever leaving the Center.
In its first year of operation, the Center made an impact in print-education circles, garnering the prestigious 2001 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award, bestowed annually by the Society of Fellows of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, recognizes one exemplary community college printing program.
Creation of the Center was a collaborative effort among representatives from the printing industry, education and government who joined forces nearly five years ago to conceptualize and build a graphic arts education facility second to none and, in the process, fill a void for skilled graphic arts labor in today's highly technical printing industry. "Waukesha County is the Silicon Valley of the Printing Industry," said Thomas Quadracci. "The large concentration of printers in the area - some 350 - provides significant career opportunities for students interested in the graphic arts. And, now, with the Printing and Graphics Center, generations of students will be trained for successful, rewarding careers."
Pewaukee, WI-based Quad/Graphics has a network of print-production facilities on three continents that provides services ranging from front-end design and photography through digital imaging, printing, list management, finishing and dependable distribution for publishers, catalogers, direct mailers and others. Constant, rapid growth over the past 31 years - mostly through internal expansion - has resulted in a company with the most modern plants, equipment and capabilities in the commercial printing industry. Quad/Graphics employs 11,000 people (7,000 in Wisconsin) and has annual sales of $1.8 billion.
Thomas A. Quadracci, company co-founder and long-time member of the board of directors, became president of Quad/Graphics on July 29, 2002, following the death of company founder Harry V. Quadracci.
Waukesha County Technical College is the leader in workforce development for Waukesha County. The college serves about 33,000 part- and full-time students annually, and it offers more than 2000 courses and over 60 technical diplomas and associate degrees. The college provides up-do-date, relevant, lifelong learning options to both students and employers. In addition, WCTC extends career ladder and articulation opportunities through partnerships with area high schools and four-year colleges and universities.
HARRY V. QUADRACCI PRINTING AND GRAPHICS CENTER BENEFACTORS Quad/Graphics and Waukesha County Technical College gratefully acknowledge the following individuals and companies whose generous memorial contributions have enabled the creation of a living legacy in the name of Harry V. Quadracci, founder of Quad/Graphics. $100,000 BENEFACTOR Time Inc. $25,000 BENEFACTOR $20,000 BENEFACTOR Heidelberg MAN Roland EQUIPMENT BENEFACTOR $10,000 BENEFACTORS Heidelberg Coldwater Creek Heidelberg has provided WCTC The Peltz Group, Inc. with the use of a Quickmaster Reiman Publications DI 46-4 Direct Imaging Press UPM - Kymmene, Inc. in Harry Quadracci's name $5,000 BENEFACTORS Brylane Group Peter J. Callahan Foundation - Bessemer Trust Company Capitol Color Mail, Inc. George Dalton - Call Solutions, Inc. Flint Ink Keith Hernke L.L. Bean, Inc. Mueller Graphic Supply, Inc. Thomas and Susan Quadracci Stora Enso North America Swiss Colony Target Corporation Weider Publications, Inc. $1,000 - $3,500 BENEFACTORS Alloy, Inc. American Master Products, Inc. Atlantic Transportation Consultants, Inc. Creo America David Blais The Boelter Companies, Inc. T. Michael Bolger and Dr. Michael J. Dunn The Marketing Staff at Cabela's Peter Canzone George M. Chester Covenant Healthcare System, Inc. Stephen DeBoth Domino Amjet, Inc. Henri Dyner and Wes Lucas - Sun Chemical Corporation EAM - Mosca Corporation Earl Graves Publishing Eastbay Essence Communications Partners Figi's John Fowler G + J USA Publishing Edward Gallun Jr. - Metalcraft of Mayville Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Geenen John Gehl - Gehl's Guernsey Farms Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gellman Thomas Gorman - T.A. Gorman, Inc. Grand Circle Travel Jeff and Cynthia Harris Dr. Greg Heal Mark Hubbuch J.F. Ahern Company K. Walter Service Corporation Kalmbach Publishing Company Karl's Party Rental Kodak Polychrome Graphics The Staff of Kodak Polychrome Graphics Senator Herbert Kohl Kohl's Department Stores Donald Krueger La Casa De Esperanza, Inc. Marshall & Ilsley Corporation MEGTEC Systems James Melton Muller Martini Corporation Northwest Coatings Thomas O'Brien PaQFast, LLC Performance, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Purtell, Jr. Elizabeth Quadracci and Chris Harned J. Joel Quadracci Dr. Kathryn Quadracci Flores and Dr. Raja Flores Dr. Leonard and Pat Quadracci Quality Air Forwarding, Inc. Rapp Collins Worldwide Rockwell Automation St. Mary's Sales Company Saks Inc. David Saylor Shopko Stores, Inc. Sierra Trading Post SkyMall Southern Progress Corporation Spancrete Staples, Inc. / Quill Corporation Sun Chemical Corporation T.A. Gorman, Inc. Tauck Tours WRH Marketing
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