Edwards Brothers Malloy, one of the largest independent book and journal printers in the U.S., will close it operations by June 15.
In a brief email sent to its customers Thursday and in a notice on its website, the company wrote: "It is with heavy hearts we announce that Edwards Brothers Malloy will be closing our doors as of June 15." The email 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, Mich., Edwards Brothers has been in the printing business for 125 years. In 2012, the company merged with Malloy Inc., also located in Ann Arbor, to create Edwards Brothers Malloy. At the time of the merger, the company said it had annual sales of about $115 million, though sales in recent years have declined to just under $100 million.
The company operated both offset and digital printing operations in 11 locations. In February, the company announced it would consolidate all of its offset printing operations into its Michigan location by the end of 2018, a decision that meant it was closing its offset facility in Lillington, N.C. In announcing the move, Edwards Brothers Malloy president John Edwards said the company was making the change because of shrinking demand for offset work and growing interest in its digital printing operations.
In addition to its printing business, the company also had a distribution business for independent publishers.