Our very first press in 1965

Our Favorite Printing Was about Abraham Lincoln


Ripon Printers’ modern history began in 1962 when the Lyke family purchased the Ripon Commonwealth Press, a storied newspaper that dates back to the Civil War and covered President Abraham Lincoln. The award‐winning newspaper lives on under the able leadership of Tim Lyke, while brother Andy heads the commercial printing enterprise – Ripon Printers – now one of North America’s largest printing and graphic services companies.


It wasn’t always so large, of course. The customer list was strictly local during the early days, and there were just 13 employees. But a modest web press purchased in 1965 changed the business substantially. With significant new capacity, Ripon began to produce longer run work regionally and then statewide. Growth continued unabated, and the printing business was spun off in 1986.

Today Ripon Printers specializes in the production and distribution of catalogs, direct mail, publications and digital communications for marketers and publishers. Our company’s hallmarks are flexible scheduling, exceptional customer training programs and equipment diversity for handling a wide range of needs. The result is a customer experience that is friendly, efficient and hassle free.


Leadership Born from Experience

Doug and Audrey LykeThe entrepreneurial spirit, family values and customer focus of founders Doug Lyke (1930 – 2002) and Audrey Lyke (1930 – 2017) continue to guide Ripon Printers. While Doug’s business savvy and salesmanship helped propel company growth, Audrey’s financial acumen and community spirit combined to make Ripon Printers a special place to work. We build upon their examples each day.


Julie Newhouse, President

Julie fulfills a vital role that recognizes the importance of being a customer‐centric organization and builds upon Ripon Printers’ strong commitment to customer service excellence. She brings nearly 30‐years’ experience in the graphic arts industry including management roles in prepress, manufacturing, custom product development, sales and customer support. Julie adds new dimensions to our customer experience that help make Ripon Printers a preferred supplier.

AndyL-110x153Andy Lyke, CFO

Andy began his printing career by helping out at his family’s weekly newspaper, sweeping floors and inserting flyers into weekly shoppers. He went on to attend the University of Notre Dame and completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After spending two years in the Chicago office of Arthur Andersen as a staff auditor, he returned to Ripon Printers in 1985 as the company’s controller and then became president and CEO in 1999. In 2018, Andy stepped down as president to focus on the company finances as CFO.

 

TimL-110x153Tim Lyke, Publisher of the Ripon Commonwealth Press

After graduating in 1981 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Tim moved to the Twin Cities where he helped oversee a system of 12 Montessori pre‐schools. He then spent five years as editor of a four‐edition weekly newspaper until his father invited him home to publish the Ripon Commonwealth Press, a publishing enterprise that now includes The Express shopper and a summer vacation tabloid, The Green Laker. Tim helped the publications evolve into perennial award winners for excellence.

JeffS-110x153Jeff Spence, Vice President of Operations

A Ripon Printers employee since 1988, Jeff’s extensive background includes leading the company’s prepress transition from conventional to digital workflow, as well as roles in estimating, purchasing, customer service, accounting and information systems. A graduate of the Graphic Arts Management program at the University of Wisconsin‐Stout, Spence” also played key roles in two other major initiatives – leading the company’s lean enterprise efforts and overseeing the integration of Ripon Printers’ first major acquisition.

JeffH-110x153Jeff Hopp, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Jeff joined Ripon Printers in 1992, working as a third‐shift web pressman. He then moved into the estimating department where he streamlined processes and became department supervisor. Jeff’s ability to work effectively with both the sales staff and customers ultimately earned a promotion to the executive management team as vice president of sales and marketing. His many accomplishments include developing a high caliber inside and outside sales team that successfully serves our national customer base.

First 2-story installation of a Man Roland press in the US

The Beast Arrives

There have been a lot of technological milestones at Ripon Printers (with more to come), but the arrival in 2004 of our first 8‐unit MAN Roland Rotoman N heatset press launched a whirlwind of change. It was the first stacked” installation of the press in North America and necessitated our eighth building addition, increasing total square feet to 244,000.


But the MAN Roland represented much more than a new press. Its arrival transformed us into a heatset web printer and opened new markets. The advanced technology further encouraged the addition of complementary technologies from 100% digital workflow systems to our first variable data digital press.


25 printing awards seal

The Awards Keep Coming

A funny thing happens when highly trained, competent people set out to do their very best work in a collaborative environment. People notice. That’s how it works at Ripon Printers. We have great customers who design great print materials, and then we put everything we’ve got behind making those pieces really shine. The result is often an award for design and print excellence from a wide range of prestigious regional, national and international competitions. We invite you to view what we’ve accomplished with our customers and think about what we could do for you.

Working At Ripon Printers

If you’re looking for a company to call home, consider a career at Ripon Printers. Our employees average 15 years of experience with the company and enjoy career enhancing cross training and skill development programs. We offer competitive wages, a robust benefit package and an excellent work environment. Many of our benefits are pre‐tax and come under our Flexible Benefit Plan, which gives employees choices for their annual election of benefits.


Awards We Share with Our Esteemed Clients

I’d like to personally thank our many customers who entrust us to produce their most important work. We take that responsibility seriously and continually invest in the people, technologies and systems required to print at the highest level. The many awards we’ve won together are a testament to the wonderfully collaborative relationships we enjoy.

—Julie

2019 Graphic Excellence Awards

Sponsored by Great Lakes Graphics Association

Magazine Series

Elite Traveler, Best of Category

Fashion/Health/Pop Culture Magazines

Sophisticated Weddings — New York Edition, Best of Division

Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines

BVK — Funjet Vacations — Lookbook, Best of Division

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)

Col. Littleton 2019 Catalog, Award of Excellence

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)

Trek Travel Catalog, Award of Excellence

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)

Periscope — Arctic Cat 2020, Award of Excellence

Booklets (4 or more colors)

MTH Electric Trains — 2019, Award of Excellence

Product/Service Catalogs (cover: sheetfed, interior: web)

One Step — Springfield Armory,  Award of Excellence

Digital Books

DuPont Registry — Keller Williams Luxury International, Certificate of Merit

2018 Graphic Excellence Awards

Sponsored by Great Lakes Graphics Association

Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines

Elite Travel‐ Jan/Feb 2018, Best of Category & Best of Division

Product/Service Catalogs (cover: sheetfed, interior: web)

Trek — Project One — Custom,  Best of Category

Web Press Printing (4 or more colors)

Lionel Signature Edition Vol 2 2017,  Best of Category

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)

Trek — Holiday 2017 Gift Guide,  Award of Excellence

Web Press Printing, Coated Paper (4 or more colors)

Kohler — 2018 Bathroom,  Award of Excellence

Magazine Series

Alcoholmanac — 10th Anniversary Magazine,  Award of Excellence

Booklets (4 or more colors)

Lionel Signature Edition Vol 2 2017,  Award of Excellence

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)

Lionel — Creative Memories That Last A Lifetime,  Award of Excellence

Web Press Printing, Coated Paper (4 or more colors)

DuPont — Homes & Estates, Certificate of Merit

Web Press Printing, Coated Paper (4 or more colors)

DuPont — Halstead — Vol 3, Certificate of Merit

2018 Premier Print Awards

Sponsored by Printing Industries of America

Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (Printers with 101 or more employees)

Elite Travel‐ Jan/Feb 2018, Best of Category (Benny)

Product/Service Catalogs (cover: sheetfed, interior: web)

Trek — Project One — Custom,  Best of Category (Benny)

Web Press Printing (coated paper)

Lionel Signature Edition Vol 2 2017,  Award of Recognition

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, creative companies or agencies)

Arctic Cat 2019 Snowmobiles, Certificate of Merit

2017 Graphic Excellence Awards

Sponsored by Great Lakes Graphics Association

Web Press Printing, coated paper (4 or more colors)

DuPont Luxury Portfolio International,  Best of Category

Product/Service Catalogs (cover sheetfed, interior web):

Trek Project One Catalog,  Best of Category

Novelty Books:

Lake County Press — Indy 500 — 100th Running, Best of Category

Booklets (4 or more colors):

Lionell 2017 Signature Edition, Award of Excellence

Magazine Series:

Elite Traveler, Award of Excellence

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors):

Dream in Kohler, Award of Excellence

Juvenile Books:

Junior Great Books — Series K Vol 1 – 3, Certificate of Merit

Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines:

Alcoholmanac 10th Anniversary Issue, Certificate of Merit

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors):

Pursuit Ride/1.0 — 2016, Certificate of Merit

 
2016 Graphic Excellence Awards

Sponsored by Great Lakes Graphics Association

Magazines (cover: sheetfed, interior: web):

Elite Traveler — Into the Wild,  Best of Category

Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines:

MI Magazine — Issue 1,  Best of Category & Best of Division

Web Press Printing, Uncoated Paper (4 or more colors) Heatset:

Do You Dream in Kohler?, Best of Category

Booklets (4 or more colors):

Wigwam — The Look Book 2015,  Best of Division

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors):

Victor — Issue 1 — 2016, Best of Division  

Booklets (4 or more colors):

Floriology — 6th Anniversary Issue, Award of Excellence

Soft Cover Books:

Trek — Brand Book, Award of Excellence

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors):

Trek — Welcome Book, Award of Excellence

Internal Communication Pieces (4 or more colors):

Wisconsin Bike Federation, Certificate of Merit

Service Catalogs (4 or more colors):

Wheelhouse — Summer 2015, Certificate of Merit

Fashion/Health/Pop Culture Magazines:

Weird N.J. — Issue #44, Certificate of Merit

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors):

TechFlex — Braided Sleeving Solutions, Certificate of Merit

Magazine Series:

Alcoholmanac — Southeast Wisconsin, Certificate of Merit

Product/Service Catalogs (cover: sheetfed, interior: web):

Divers Alert Network (DFAPro), Certificate of Merit

Calendars:

Celtic Spirit — 2016 Calendar, Certificate of Merit

 
2016 Premier Print Awards

Sponsored by Printing Industries of America

Web Press Printing (4 or more colors, uncoated paper):

Do You Dream in Kohler?, Best of Category (Benny)

Product/Service Catalogs (Cover‐sheetfed; Interior‐web):

Trek — Custom — Project One, Award of Recognition

Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with more than 250 employees):

Lionel — 2016 Ready To Run, Award of Recognition

Digital Printing — Brochures and Booklets (4 or more colors):

Kohler — Trends 1, Award of Recognition

2016 Gold Ink Awards

Sponsored by North American Printing Company

Digital Printing, Marketing Collateral

Wigwam — The Look Book 2015, Bronze Award

Consumer Catalogs, Sheetfed

Victor Jet Catalog — Issue 1, Pewter Award

2014 – 2015 Graphic Excellence Awards

Sponsored by Great Lakes Graphics Association

Web Press Printing/Uncoated Paper/4 or more colors/coldset:

University of Wisconsin Press — Wisconsin in Print 2015, Best of Category

Web Press Printing/Coated or Uncoated Paper/1, 2 or 3 colors:

Marketing & Print Services, United Chemi‐Con Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, Best of Category

Brochures and Broadsides:

Everglow Gas Lamps & Torches, ProFire Grills, Best of Division

Product/Service Catalog (cover: sheetfed; interior: web):

TREK Retail Guide, Award of Excellence

Product/Service Catalog (cover: sheetfed; interior: web):

VFImagewear, Harley Davidson Dealer Catalog, Award of Excellence

Fashion/Health/Pop Culture Magazines:

Weird New Jersey, Issue #43, Award of Excellence

Web Press Printing/Uncoated Paper/4 or more colors/heatset:

Print Management Group, Philips Lighting Catalog Lamp Specification, Award of Excellence

Web Press Printing/Coated Paper/4 or more colors:

TREK Travel, Catalog 2015, Award of Excellence

Web Press Printing/Coated or Uncoated Paper/1, 2 or 3 colors:

Kohler/Sterling, 2015 Price List, Award of Excellence

Soft Cover Books:

TREK, Brand Book, Fall 2015, Award of Excellence

Magazines (cover: sheetfed; interior: web):

Elite Traveler, March/April 2014, Award of Excellence

Programs/4 or more colors:

Metrographics Printing, Special Olympics 2014 USA Games, Award of Excellence

Internal Communication Pieces/4 or more colors:

Wisconsin Bike Federation Magazine, April 2014, Certificate of Merit

Programs/4 or more colors:

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, 2014 Fall Programs, Certificate of Merit

Directories & Source Books:

BloomNet Directory, Jan‐April 2015, Certificate of Merit

Magazine Series:

Alcoholmanac — Oct/Nov 14, Dec 14/Jan 15, Feb/Mar 15, Certificate of Merit

Digital Printing – On‐Demand:

Celtic Spirit, 2015 Calendar, Certificate of Merit

Web Press Printing/Coated Paper/4 or more colors:

Austin Adventures 2015, Certificate of Merit

Newsletters/4 or more colors:

Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, October 2014, Certificate of Merit

Posters:

1 – 800 Flowers Workroom Poster, Fall/Halloween, Certificate of Merit

2015 Premier Print Awards

Sponsored by Printing Industries of America

Web Press Printing (1,2 or 3 colors, coated or uncoated paper):

Marketing & Print Services UCCAluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, Best of Category (Benny)

Web Press Printing (4 or more colors, uncoated paper):

University of Wisconsin Press Wisconsin in Print 2015, Certificate of Merit

2014 – 2015 Gold Ink Awards

Sponsored by North American Printing Company

Digital Printing, Calendars

Celtic Spirit 2015, Silver Award

Digital Printing, Photo Books

Trek Inspirational Travel — Moscow, Pewter Award

Magazines, Event Programs

2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Pewter Award


Our Sustainability Commitment

Ripon Printers is committed to producing print materials that address the current needs of content providers and consumers without negatively impacting the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. We support a variety of programs that protect, preserve and enhance the environment. Emission control, source reduction and recycling are the main focal points of our Environmental Policy.

We work collaboratively with customers to address the entire print production and distribution supply chain. Our holistic approach helps content providers consider how their materials will be printed, distributed, used and recovered, as well as the impact of the actual raw materials used in production.