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Starting operations in 1894 as a small, community newspaper publisher, Zander Press Inc. has grown to provide printing services for not only the local community, but also state and national customers. We offer commercial printing, using both offset and digital systems, to produce high quality printed pieces at affordable prices. Yet even with continued growth, we haven't forgotten our roots. We still serve the local community with the publication of The Brillion News and Lake to Lake Shopper.

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the beginning of the road

1899

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

1927

Elliot, Otto’s son, joined the paper as the editor.

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Elliot & Margaret take over

1944

Otto passed away. 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.

Noel joins The Brillion News

1959

Elliot’s son, Noel Zander, joined his father in the family business. 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.

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Zane joins The Brillion News

1960

Zane, Elliot’s oldest son, joined Noel and Elliot after finishing college and a stint in the Army.

The Brillion News expands

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 of what has become a highly technological business.

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Fourth Generation

2004

Today, Zander Press Inc. is owned and managed by Zane's daughters:
Kris Bastian, Elizabeth Wenzel, and Darcy Zander-Feinauer (retired).