Alan Cudahy

BY CHERYL A. ADAMS Suicide. That's what industry experts said Norm Friedman was committing by investing in a startup printing operation back in 1992. The economy was depressed, the commercial printing market was overly saturated and competition was so fierce, several local printers had already gone out of business. Opening new doors when others were closing theirs would surely be death by design. Fortunately for Quantum Color, the bank didn't see it that way. Company ProfileName: Quantum ColorLocation: Morton Grove, ILEmployees: 150Annual Sales: $28 millionKey Markets: Advertising agencies, design firms, corporationsThe new company's loan was approved and, a year later, the gamble paid off

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