Starting operations in 1894 as a small, community newspaper publisher, Zander Press Inc., located at 425 West Ryan Street, Brillion, has been the sole publisher of The Brillion News during its history. Zander Press, Inc. has grown to provide printing services for not only the local community, but also state and national customers. It offers commercial printing, using both offset and digital systems, to produce high quality printed pieces at affordable prices. Yet even with continued growth, Zander Press, Inc. hasn’t forgotten its roots. It still serves the local community with the publication of The Brillion News and Lake to Lake Shopper.
The history of Zander Press Inc. dates back to 1899 when Otto Zander first purchased The Brillion News for a mere $450. Otto, a school teacher and text book illustrator and fluent in German, was able to communicate in an effective manner with the readers of the paper, predominately German immigrants, which created growth in circulation. Elliot, Otto’s son, joined the paper in 1927 as the editor. After Otto passed away in 1944, Elliot, with his wife Margaret handling the business of the company, continued as publisher and editor. During his years as editor, Elliot used his gifted writing ability to continue the paper’s growth. Elliot’s son, Noel Zander, joined his father in the family business in 1959. Noel became the sports writer for the newspaper and worked for the business on the Line-O-type machine, creating the lead type blocks used for printing at the time. Zane, Elliot’s oldest son, joined Noel and Elliot in 1960 after finishing college and a stint in the Army. In 1965, Elliot, Zane and Noel incorporated their printing company and became Zander Press Inc. Zane focused on expanding the commercial printing business. Using his degree in education, Zane taught their growing number of employees the importance of continued education to ensure their company stayed in the forefront in what has become a highly technological business.
Zander Press, Inc. has changed locations within the community of Brillion several times over the past century, never forgetting it’s the people around us that make it what it is today.
Zander Press Inc. is owned and managed by the fourth generation of Zanders: Elizabeth Wenzel, Darcy Zander-Feinauer and Kris Bastian.