WOA 04 -- No Signs of Slowing Down
A 1995 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame inductee, Treis joined the sales department at R&L (later modified to the single word, phonetic match Arandell). Five years later, when the owner of the company returned from vacation and announced he had found a place to retire in California, a golden opportunity opened for Treis to purchase the company.
"He said I had a month to get it together," Treis recalls of the tight time frame.
Treis grew his business while embracing any form of technology that he thought would advance print quality. By 1981, the company had grown to become one of the largest lithographic sheetfed printers in Wisconsin, producing annual reports, brochures, inserts, labels and small publications.
He decided to expand the company's offering by purchasing the E.F. Schmidt Co., which gave Arandell four-color web offset capability. The business was also relocated to a 250,000-square-foot facility, a figure that now stands at 415,000 square feet.
The move allowed Arandell to build up to its current position as one of the leading four-color catalog printers in the United States.
Treis notes that his company has been fortunate over the years to work with major suppliers on their research and development projects. It was almost impossible to avoid forging a close relationship with Heidelberg as it gained a greater share of the market.
"The big project we're working on now is a new press," Treis remarks of a Heidelberg (soon to be Goss) M-3000 web press he expects to have installed by June. "It will increase productivity by one-third, but not increase labor costs."
His industry service, among other things, has included serving on the board of the then-National Association of Printers and Lithographers (NAPL). Treis also had a passion for advancing print education, and developed a strong relationship with the graphic arts co-op program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has supported the Stout program with financial gifts, as well as the donation of materials, particularly paper.