Anthony Locicero, Associate Editor03.15.19
It was back in 1994 when childhood friends Michael Fontana and Chris Joyaux believed that many Chicago-area businesses needed a more cost-effective way to handle direct mail campaigns.
“At first, we took on smaller projects, aiming to do such an excellent job that we’d be invited to bid on the larger ones too,” Fontana recalled. “It’s a very simple strategy, but it worked perfectly for us. Within a few years, we were managing full-color jobs with complex requirements that enabled us to invest in advanced presses, and eventually, the inserting and finishing equipment we have now.”
Joyaux and Fontana founded American Litho, which began with “a handful of employees with a single press to a workforce of 350 offering integrated data, design, print, mailing and digital marketing services for some of the world’s best-known brands,” said Fontana, the company president.
American Litho operates out of a 320,000-square-foot plant in C
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