Champaign – Champaign’s successful printing business for 20 years has acquired one of its competitors.
Dixon Graphics, a commercial printing company, acquired Weiskamp Screen Printing and took over all Weiskamp employees and their buildings at 312 S. Neil St.
“Two years ago, we started screen printing as another option to offer our customers,” said the owner of Dixon Graphics, which primarily manufactures printed paper products such as brochures, business cards and posters. newsletters. A Lance Dixon said.
“The acquisition of Weiskamp will make it a major production facility for screen printing and embroidery,” Dixon said, primarily in the apparel business.
Ed Weiskamp, 62, who founded the company in 1986, said he had no plans to continue the business for that long.
“I think it’s a good game. I think the employees are in good hands and they will really work with the customer, ”Weiskamp said of Dixon. “We run our business in a similar fashion, which makes the transition easier. This is a good thing.”
Weiskamp said the pandemic had hit his business.
“Another screen printer in town asked me about this and I turned it down,” he said. “After a while I was planning to retire in a few years anyway, so it started to look more appealing. Why do I have to keep fighting COVID and then retire? It’s easy to say yes. To become.”
Weiskamp has a great interest in continuing to occupy him beyond the projects his wife has lined up for him. They include spending time with her children both locally and in Chicago. Target shooting; Learn French; and boxing.
“Usually it’s a tough day,” he said of life without going to the store.
With the addition of 11 Weiskamp employees, Dixon has 22 employees. He wants to add about three more customer service reps.
“As a union printing company, our employees are paid above industry standards in central Illinois,” Dixon said. “Dixon Graphics (105 W. John St., C) screen printing staff moved to the Neil Street site, which immediately increased the productivity of the screen printing operations. “
Weiskamp customers are unlikely to notice many of the changes in business practices, said Dixon, who now travels between facilities most of the time.
One thing that hasn’t changed is dedicating some of the windows facing South Neil Street to public art.
“Half of the windows are just advertisements,” Dixon said, while Weiskamp has previously displayed colorful t-shirts and had a Sunday breakfast with kids and guests while greeting a passing driver. I spoke of the part that was there. “The other half is a project called Lightbox. We coordinate with 40 North (Champaign County County Council). We will continue to do so.
“Every quarter we give artists space and give artists money to give them a budget to create something interesting. It changes four times a year, so we want to continue that, ”Dixon said.