Martin Edwards Enriching a Tradition
Edwards Brothers is showing that ability to adapt and adjust to evolving markets with the addition of its Digital Book Center. Ultra-short-run copies of jobs there now enable publishers to extend the life of a book or ramp up with a new title, without a large inventory.
"Speaking as a golfer, it provides us with another club in our bag," Marty remarks. "It gives us the ability to provide customers greater services for the life of the title."
Golf has been a constant for Edwards, a 60-plus year pastime his father introduced him to at a young age. Over the past five years, he has participated as an amateur in the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament, rubbing elbows with a number of PGA tour regulars while honing his 12 handicap. Marty is also an avid traveler. This fall, he will visit Rome with his wife of 42 years, Rosalie.
Edwards has been active in industry associations, including the Book Manufacturers Institute, the Printing Industries of America, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and Society of Scholarly Publishers.
What brings Marty great satisfaction is the knowledge that his children—sons James and John, along with daughter Laura—are continuing the legacy. John is president and CEO, James is a regional sales manager and Laura is marketing specialist. Another son, Stephen, composes music for films.
Edwards Brothers continues to grow, as evidenced by this year's acquisition of Hutchinson, KS-based Wolverine Printing & Publishing.
"This has been a wonderful opportunity for me," Edwards says of his family printing heritage. "With it came some very important responsibilities: to our employees, customers, vendors and to the community. It all adds up to something called stewardship, which I've taken pretty seriously."